WHILE THE GOAL IS FUNDRAISING, SHERRY HU SHOWS US THE GALA HAS A DEEPER MEANING TO THE YOUNG SRA SCHOLARS AND GRADUATES OF THE PROGRAM. SRA Gala Preview/Then & Now (nat sound clappingâ:video from previous galaâ) Every year, their faces stand out in the crowd – young, eager…and grateful. (nat…Enoc walkingâ) In 2001, Enoc Lira was one of the new Students Rising Above scholars. He not only attended his first SRA gala, he was the keynote student speaker. Enoc Lira/SRA Class of 2001 (50:20â.to be able to meet everyone at the gala that year and see that people wanted to see us do well in lifeâ50:30) And there was one donor in particular Enoc will never forget. She and her son drove him up to the event that evening. (51:27…what is it that you need for college, school supplies, backpack? And I said, I need underwear…laughsâ .51:37â) In the 15 plus years that followed, Enoc graduated from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) and became an engineer. (59:35…we’re coming from the backgrounds we come from, in my case, broken home, alcoholism, abuse, I had the will to succeed, I just didn’t know how to do itâ) Back then, Enoc says only a dozen students received scholarships, compared to the 100 now. Today, Enoc is an SRA mentor and a proud, paying, guest at the gala! (show Enoc then begin montage of SRA then/now photos of successful alums) (1:59…i try to give back and anyway I can just make the world a better place and I think everyone in the scholarship, is like that, the studentsâ) (2:21…to all the members of the gala – you’re producing positive role models, future leadersâ) (little music with more then/now photos) (4:06…before SRA, life was darkâ) (3:38…it has changed my life, I have gotten to know that the world is a better placeâ) Sherry Hu (stand up closeâ The annual gala is on March 23rd. To learn more about the work SRA does, go to our website – CBS SF dot com slash SRA. For Students Rising Above, I’m Sherry Huâ) A COASTAL COMMUNITY IS LOOKING TO CASH IN… ON POT.