CFCC Foundation Raises over $250,000 at Luncheon

Cape Fear Community College Foundation raises a record-breaking $257,325 for scholarships at luncheon

Former Governor Jim Hunt delivered keynote to more than 450 guests at fund-raiser

WILMINGTON, N.C. Cape Fear Community College Foundation raised $257,325 for student scholarships during its fourth annual “Changing Lives Through the Gift of Education,” luncheon. That is more than $82,000 more than was raised at last year’s event and brings the year’s total scholarship fund to more than $1.3 million.

In the keynote address, one of the nation’s leading advocates for education, former Governor Jim Hunt discussed the merits of higher education to a crowd of more than 450 business people gathered at the Schwartz Center on Thursday, May 22. Governor Hunt, who is the only governor of North Carolina elected to four terms, addressed the importance of supporting and strengthening our state’s community college system.

“We are honored to have Governor Hunt’s support for Cape Fear Community College,” said Margaret Robison, Executive Director of the CFCC Foundation.

“He is a true champion of higher education and clearly sees the important role that a strong community college system plays in growing the local economy. Studies show that for each dollar spent educating CFCC students, more than $2.36 is returned to the local community.”

Attendees also had the opportunity to see presentations about various programs within the college and hear from students who have received Foundation scholarships.

“Without scholarships, it would have been difficult for me to afford to go to school,” said recent CFCC graduate Dawn Hale.

“I am very grateful for the support of the Foundation, and also the generosity of our community. CFCC students like myself are very fortunate to have the Foundation working on our behalf.”

Governor Hunt is the only governor of North Carolina to be elected for four terms (1977-1985; 1993-2001) and he is one of the foremost proponents of higher education throughout the country. Top business leaders across the country describe Governor Hunt as a national pioneer in education and economic reform. The Editorial Projects in Education Research Center recently named Governor Hunt one of the ten most influential people in American education, along with Bill Gates, President George Bush and former President Bill Clinton.

Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is one of the oldest and largest community colleges in North Carolina. Approximately 27,000 students take courses at the college each year. The college offers 60 technical job-training programs, a college transfer program and continuing education courses. CFCC boosts the New Hanover and Pender county economies by generating more than $435 million annually in business sales and $192 million in labor income. To learn more about helping the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, call (910) 362-7331 or visit http://cfcc.edu/foundation/.