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Foundation Reports Fall Fundraising Success

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Fundraising events like the 2014 PCC Foundation Golf Classic generate revenue that is used to support scholarships and educational opportunities at Pitt. The PCC Student Ambassador program benefits from the community's financial support of the PCC Foundation. The program provides scholarships to exceptional students like Caitlin Moore, left, and Leeza King in exchange for their services at a variety of college events throughout the academic year.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation reported last week that the three fundraisers it has held during the fall semester have raised nearly $100,000 for student scholarships and educational activities.

According to PCC Development Director Lynne James, this year’s Employee Excellence Fund Campaign generated nearly $72,500 in contributions and payroll deduction pledges, which surpassed the drive’s $70,000-fundraising goal. James noted that the fundraising total is 8.4 percent higher than last year’s drive and that 75 percent of PCC employees participated in the five-week campaign.

“Having three-fourths of our employees take part in the campaign demonstrates that those who work here truly understand and value the importance of the PCC Foundation in helping students succeed in the classroom and, ultimately, in life,” James said.

The Foundation held its annual Golf Ball Drop on campus Sept. 16 and its Fall Golf Classic at Greenville Country Club two days later. The two events combined to generate close to $25,000 for the benefit of PCC students.

The Foundation’s fundraising endeavors will continue next month at the Greenville Convention Center. From Nov. 7-9, the facility will host to the organization’s annual Down East Holiday Show.

This year’s event—the thirteenth since its inception—will feature more than 140 vendors selling gifts and items to help kick off the annual holiday shopping season. More than 12,000 people attended the three-day shopping extravaganza last year, and event planners are hoping for an even greater turnout this fall.

Items for sale during the three-day show include various foods, art, music, jewelry, decorations and accessories. Shoppers will also be treated to various product demonstrations, and Santa Claus will be on hand, posing for photos with children as they describe their Christmas wish lists.

“It’s a great way to spend a day with family or friends while getting a head start on your Christmas shopping,” said James.

Advance three-day Holiday Show passes are on sale for $12 and may be purchased online at www.pittcc.edu, by calling (252) 493-7287, or by visiting the PCC Foundation office in the Vernon White Building, Room 2.