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October 19, 2017

SCC Foundation hopes to celebrate $1 million endowment at gala

This year, Southwestern Community College leaders aren’t just planning another gala.

They’re hoping for a million-dollar celebration.

The Southwestern Community College Foundation will hold its annual “Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling” gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort just as the Student Success Campaign nears the completion of its “March to a Million” fundraising effort.

The campaign is less than $53,000 shy of establishing the first $1 million scholarship endowment in SCC’s history. With enough support, the gala could push the campaign past the seven-figure mark.

“I am thrilled we are so close to reaching this historic goal,” said Brett Woods, SCC Foundation director.  “I am grateful to the many generous friends of SCC who have chosen to support our students through the Student Success Campaign. We hope everyone who’s contributed to this effort – along with anyone who’s been wanting to – will join us and ensure we get to celebrate on this special night.”

This is the fourth straight year the SCC Foundation has held a gala in an effort to close the wide gap between the number of students that qualify for scholarships and the actual number of students that receive scholarships each year.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 284 students applied for scholarships. SCC only had the resources available to award 69.

“Every year, our students amaze us with their work ethic, creativity and academic excellence,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC president. “We are excited about the prospect of helping more students than ever before, and our annual gala has a lot to do with making that happen.”

Frogtown will provide the bluegrass music for the evening, and classics singer Steve Johannessen will perform as well. There will also be a wine pull, silent auction, cornhole and a best dressed “Blue Jeans and Bling” contest along with the meal prepared by the chefs of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

Tickets are $150 each, and table sponsorships begin at $1,500.

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