The Cape Fear Community College Foundation held its 13th annual Gift of Education events on May 17th and 18th and raised $314,981 in cash and pledges to benefit CFCC students, a 24% increase over last year’s event.
The Gift of Education is held annually and serves as the Cape Fear Community College Foundation’s largest fundraising event. This year the event was relocated from the Schwartz Center to CFCC’s Wilson Center and a new breakfast event was added. There was also a 26% increase in attendance at this year’s events. Proceeds from the Gift of Education will be used primarily for student scholarships. Guests were also given the option to donate to the renovation of the College’s Schwartz Center which is utilized by students for physical education classes as well as by the CFCC basketball and volleyball teams.
Speakers at the event included four CFCC students, three of which graduated from CFCC just days before the event, who received scholarship assistance from the Foundation. The students shared emotional accounts of their lives before attending CFCC as well as how financial support from the community helped them to pursue their dreams through education. This year guests also heard remarks from Dr. Katherine Evans, Program Director for Pharmacy Technology and donors Brian and Beth Kirschner who are assisting two students with scholarship funds.
Guests were treated to a surprise at the end of each event as CFCC President, Jim Morton, and Foundation Board Member and Gift of Education Co-Chair, Ms. Linda Wilson, surprised current CFCC students Charles McCauley and Kyleigh Piner with $1,000 scholarships. The surprise came at the tail end of a humorous video which featured various community members and local leaders trying their hand at Cape Fear Community College programs. The video can be found on CFCC’s website at http://cfcc.edu/goemovie/.
“The Gift of Education serves as a celebration of student success and a heartfelt thank you to the numerous community members and organizations who help our students to succeed,” said Cape Fear Community College President, Mr. Jim Morton.
Sponsors of this year’s events included New Hanover Regional Medical Center, ECS Southeast, PPD, The Murchison Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Rose Bay Boats, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, Monteith Construction, First National Bank, South State Bank, The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation, Tamara and Rick Pasin, Cape Fear Rotary, Mulford Cost Management, Brinkley Financial Group BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Coca-Cola, Ms. Linda Wilson, and Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill.
Individuals may still donate to the Gift of Education through a variety of methods: online at cfcc.edu/foundation, by calling 910-362-7207, by mail to 411 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or in person at CFCC’s Union Station building in downtown Wilmington. Individuals interested in creating an annual or endowed scholarship are encouraged to contact the CFCC Foundation at 910-362-7207.