The Sampson Community College Foundation works to ensure students have the capability to earn an education without having the stresses of finding financial assistance.
On the heels of a very successful year, the Foundation is currently gearing up for what they hope will be another successful fundraising year. According to Foundation director Lisa Turlington, as of June 30, the financial year has ended and she, along with directors, are preparing for what lies ahead.
The Foundation was able to raise a total of $228,000 during the last year’s campaign. While this total is slightly down from the previous year, Turlington said preparations are being made to begin another year of events, which aide in the educational programs at the college.
Throughout the year, the foundation sponsors many events, such as a campus drive, a golf tournament and auction, and a phone-a-thon, all to raise money, much of which goes to fund scholarships for students.
During last year’s campus drive, Turlington said a total of $16,000 was raised with a 100 percent participation rate from the faculty and staff.
“They believe in what’s going on,” Turlington acknowledged.
This year’s campus drive will be held Oct. 5 and Turlington is hoping the campus embraces this year’s Celebrate the Tropics theme. During the activities, Turlington said participants will have the opportunity to have photos taken in a jungle setting, dance in the Conga line and compete in a limbo contest.
Last year’s golf tournament, bringing in a total of $36,000 to help the foundation, allowed 150 individuals and businesses to come together and be involved in many different ways. Kicking off this year’s tournament will be a silent auction on Nov. 3 at the home of Holden and Mandy Dubose. The golf tournament will be held the following day, Nov. 4, at Lakewood Country Club.
Another annual fund-raising effort for the foundation has been the phone-a-thon, which Turlington says was a huge success, after the board decided to move the event from February to March. In the past, this has been a live television broadcast, supported by Star Communications, which showcases local talent and the college.
Much of the foundation’s money helps fund scholarships, Turlington said. Approximately $101,000 has been slated towards funding scholarships for the upcoming year. Some of the money raised helps build endowments. Turlington said about $30,000 has been given towards this .
“We also anticipate supporting capital improvements as the college makes plans to best use the Connect NC funds,” Turlington said.
The SCC Foundation also takes pride in helping give grant money to sponsor happenings around the college. The foundation has given money that has helped contribute to the continuing education program, various events at the school and the Basic Law Enforcement Training graduation.
During the 2015-16 year, the Foundation awarded grants to the faculty for continuing education, a grant to student services for support of recruitment in Career and College Promise students, a grant for the Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony, a grant to support the BLET coffee with a cop event, a grant for a peer tutor recognition event, a grant to the drama club for supplies and a grant for a plaque to recognize all past recipients of the EXCEL award.
The foundation kicked off this year’s events Sept. 7 with a Scholar/Donor Cookout, sponsored by U.S. Foods.
“This was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the scholars and the generosity of the donors,” Turlington said. “It is a big effort by all.”
On Sept. 20, the foundation held the Donor Appreciation Reception at the home of Jeff and Carlyn Wall.
During an art show Sept. 14 , Small House paintings were placed on display at the college, with a theme of “Scenes of Sampson.” These pieces will remain on display through the month of October.
For more information about the foundation or donating to the foundation, you may contact Turlington or Wiggins at 910-592-8081.
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