Local business and community leaders pledge $185,000 for CFCC scholarships at annual luncheon

CIO of PPD delivers keynote to more than 600 guests at fund-raiser

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation raised over $185,000 for student scholarships during its seventh annual “Changing Lives through the Gift of Education,” luncheon on May 19. This brings the CFCC Foundation’s yearly fund-raising total to more than $1.2 million.

In his keynote address, Dr. Mike Wilkinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of PPD, outlined the merits of community college education to an audience of more than 600 business people gathered at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington.

Wilkinson, a former Navy SEAL, White House Liaison Officer and head of clinical research at PPD, urged audience members to reflect on the impact that education had on their own lives, as well as to consider helping future generations of local college students.

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

 To learn more about helping the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, call (910) 362-7207 or visit http://cfcc.edu/foundation/.