Pennies for Heavens – $1 million Donation for OCC

Mary McChesney, retired English and Spanish teacher, has generously given the Orange Coast College a gift that is out of this world: $1 million. Since retiring in 1983, Ms. McChesney has continued to be a contributor to the college, although not to this extent. The $1 million in funds is to help finance the new planetarium that is currently under construction.


McChesney’s donation is to specifically fund a Foucault pendulum, the only one found in the Orange County. A Foucault pendulum is a device that demonstrates the earth’s rotation. Construction on the new planetarium began in 2016. Gold Coast had decided against remodeling and updating the old planetarium because of the vast changes which have occurred in the scientific area. A new building was needed to fuel the new technology.


The $20 million project will house an auditorium and exhibit hall. Not only will the planetarium be state of the art, but it also is increasing the size from the old building, with a capacity of 129. This is a critical improvement as the planetarium is not just for the college students, but for the entire community.


Gold Coast Community College is one of California’s top three community colleges, offering students a 2 year associate’s degree. The ability to transfer credits to a four year college has evolved to be a proven track for students. Gold Coast boasts the highest transfer rate in Orange County. With an enrollment of over 24,000, students find a fine balance between academics, athletics, and social services.




Political wars and diplomatic misunderstandings have resulted in wars between different countries in the world. Memorable examples of diplomatic wars have been experienced between Israel and Palestine. Some individuals and states have ploughed efforts in ensuring a positive outcome is achieved through means which involve peaceful negotiations.

One recognized person who has participated in successful peace negotiations is Daniel Taub. He successfully participated in in solving indifrences between Israel and countries like Syria and Palestine. Daniel Taub was born in the United Kingdom in 1962.

Due to his involvement in bringing international relations through peaceful talks, Daniel Taub was rewarded with the grassroots diplomat award, due to his humble support of junior startup investors. Learn more about Daniel Taub: and

Having been born in the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub went to Haberdasher boys school to undertake his secondary education before he joined Oxford University College in London and letter enrolled at Harvard university where he studied international law specializing in counter terrorism and war laws.

He started working in 1989, acting as Combat media at the defense forces in Israel as well as serving in Israeli international law division as a substitute officer. He was transferred to the ministry of legal affairs in 1991, where he was reinstated as the ministry’s deputy advisor on legal matters. Read more:  Daniel Taub | Wikipedia

His diplomatic knowledge played a great deal in Israel’s chief mission at the United Nation headquarters in Switzerland and in United State of America.

Having played an integral part in Israel’s international peace talks, Daniel Taub was selected in 2011 to represent Israel as ambassador in Britain, where he stayed in the office up to the year 2015.

In his time as an ambassador he was involved in strong support of technological growth and entrepreneurial relations between Israel and United Kingdom.

As a way of creating friendship, Daniel Taub was involved in establishment of Bizcomp startup competition. He gained credit for his participation in the support of cultural events aimed at reducing ethnic indifferences.

Daniel Taub never got tired of creating and conducting outreach activities between United Kingdom and Israeli communities. His great influence was felt when investment partnership between United Kingdom and Israel rose up as well as desirable international relations between Israel and her close neighbours.

Daniel Taub saw a need to venture into educating young people in public as well as lecturing diplomacy in national universities in order to help youth learn importance of peace.

He is recognized by his humorous conversations, a virtue that has greatly aided in expansion of his Yard Hunadir foundation where he works as planning and strategy director.