The Cape Fear Fair and Expo recently donated over $4,200 to Cape Fear Community College for student scholarships.
Since 2010, The Cape Fear Fair and Expo has funded a $2,000 annual scholarship for a CFCC student who is a New Hanover County resident. The organization also contributes annually to an endowment which, once funded, will permanently generate scholarships for CFCC students. The fair raises money for both scholarships through advanced ticket sales, donating $1 of every advanced sale ticket at the fair each year.
Skip Watkins, second vice president of the Cape Fear Fair and Expo, originally suggested that the fair support CFCC scholarships after he attended CFCCâ€™s Gift of Education Luncheon a few years ago. â€œI was moved by a young lady who spoke that day. I brought her story back to the board and we decided to start a scholarship. We agreed that our money could go further at CFCC,â€ said Watkins.
Debbie Carter, president of the Cape Fear Fair and Expo, explained why the fair contributes to CFCC. â€œWe are all parents,â€ said Carter, â€œthis is the best way for us to help as many young people as we can.”
Juanita Greer Sullivan, assistant fair manager, echoed Carterâ€™s sentiments. â€œWe like to keep the money in the community,â€ she said.
The Cape Fear Fair and Expo, incorporated in 1971, is one of the oldest run family events in the area with about 45,000 people attend the fair each year. This non-profit organization stands on three foundations: education, agriculture, and industry.
For more information about CFCC, The Foundation, endowments, or scholarship opportunities, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910.362.7207.