SANFORD - A profusion of sweet treats greeted donors May 1 at the first Central Carolina Community College Foundation "Sweet Celebration" at the Lee County Campus. The event was a "thank-you" to all those who have contributed to the Foundation to help the school and its students.
"We wanted an opportunity to say thank you to our donors for being so 'sweet' to CCCC through their support over the years," said Emily Hare, director of the CCCC Foundation and Development Office. "They are the key to the success of so many of our students here. Without them, the Foundation would not be able to provide the financial support that our students need. This celebration is our way of thanking them for all they have done for CCCC, the Foundation, and our students."
A conference table laden with chocolate covered strawberries, candied nuts and an assortment of cupcakes, created by CCCC's own culinary students, was set up in appreciation of the generous contributions benefactors have made to the college and its mission.
The CCCC Foundation was organized in 1988 to ensure that the college would continue to excel and build on its history of innovative curriculum development and community service. The Foundation is a separate, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial support through student scholarships and additional resources to advance the strategic plans and academic mission of the college.
George Lucier, incoming president for the CCCC Foundation, spoke of the importance of its work.
"As you know, state funds have been cut for community college support during these hard economic times," he said. "It's very crucial that we raise funds for special projects and student scholarships."
Donor Pamela Williams graduated from CCCC in 1998. She currently owns a youth center and is director of a dropout prevention program called "Think Smart," in Erwin. Williams donates to the foundation on an annual basis.
"I'm here to help the school that helped me," she said. "I want to provide scholarships for as many students as I can."
The CCCC Foundation has an endowment of $3 million and dispersed approximately $170,000 in scholarship funds alone during the 2011-2012 academic year.
There are numerous ways in which the community can participate in the mission of the Foundation and Development Office at CCCC, Hare said. The office hosts several major events during the year, including a Scholarship Luncheon, Christmas Tree Lighting, Rabbit Run 5K race, Furniture Auction, and Golf Classic.
For more information on giving to the Annual Fund Drive, establishing scholarships or endowments, contact Hare at 919-718-7230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat and Welford Harris (right) long-time donors to the Central Carolina Community College Foundation, chat with Phillip Price (left), the college's vice president of Administrative Services, and Dr. Bud Marchant, CCCC president, during the Foundation's May 1 'Sweet Celebration' at the Lee County Campus. The event was a thank-you to all those who have contributed to the Foundation to help the school and its students. For more information on giving to the Foundation, contact Hare at 919-718-7230 or .