Lisa Turlington, executive director of the Sampson Community Foundation, does not have information as to when exactly the annual phone-a-thon began but noted that it’s been at least 10 years that people have been coming together in this venue to raise money for scholarship and other programs at the college.
Citizens of the county and surrounding areas will once again have the opportunity to support the work of the SCC Foundation by donating during the annual phone-a-thon from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21. The live program will air on StarVision channel 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Viewers may call to make donations from 5:30 to 8:30 at 564-3601.
A number of the nursing instructors and students will be a great help in making — and accepting — the calls, as will many of the Foundation directors and trustees.
“We are fortunate to have the support of Star Communications in this venture that reaches out to our community,” Turlington stressed. “Since the beginning, Star Telephone has hosted the phone-a-thon that has been a cornerstone of the fundraising for the SCC Foundation, but in 2011 StarVision jumped in and aired the event live! We were able to share the college success stories through interviews with students, alumni, Foundation directors, trustees and staff.”
“Viewers heard first hand how SCC is changing lives. Star staff, Chris Heuer, Johnnie Eason and Jason Miller, did an incredible job pulling the production together with SCC public relations officer Erica Beasly, and they will be back on the job this year.
The Starlights will graciously share their sound equipment and expertise again. Lyman Horne, general manager of Star Communications, also serves as Annual Giving co-chairman on the SCC Foundation Board of Directors and will be on hand to encourage viewers to give to the SCC Foundation,” added the Foundation’s executive director.
The phone-a-thon will feature again this year live interviews and talent. Just a few of the groups and individuals scheduled include: Sherry Matthews and Steve Stefanovich, who will talk about Foundaton member Ann Thornton; Bruce Creech, SCC instructor, who will sing Sinatra style; Elizabeth Tsao on violin; Cloggers “Moves like Jagger” Michala Robinson, Heather Goodrich, Jenna Dutton; and CHS students Jeb Dillman, Brooks Barwick and Nathan Whaley, performing on guitars and drums.
Turlington expressed, “It is amazing how much talent we have in this community and this is a great way to showcase it in the name of education.”
Last year, the phone-a-thon raised over $23,000, that included a matching gift of $10,000 from a generous donor. “We have again received that matching pledge, so it gives our callers even more incentive to work hard on the phones. Our goal is to reach $25K this year, and the money will go to scholarships, faculty grants and program support, urged the Foundation’s director.
Over $80,000 was awarded in 92 scholarships for the 2011-12 year. The committee will start reviewing applications in April for the upcoming year.
SCC president Dr. Bill Aiken remarked, “One of the major fundraising activities of the SCC Foundation is the annual phone-a-thon. It is an exciting time for the campus as well as the community. Local support for the college is excellent, and this activity is just another way that illustrates the support. Many college activities such as scholarships and professional development benefit from this effort. Thanks to all of those who contribute.”
To make a donation during the phone-a-thon, call 910-564-3601. Those who wish to can also send a donation to SCC Foundation, P.O. Box 318, Clinton, N.C. 28329.