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PCC Foundation Reports 2014 Holiday Show Set New Fundraising, Attendance Records

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Shoppers were ready and waiting for the doors to the Greenville Convention Center to open on day one of the 2014 Down East Holiday Show.


WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation reported Thursday that the 2014 Down East Holiday Show set new fundraising and attendance records for the three-day event.

According to PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Susan Nobles, this year’s show, which took place at the Greenville Convention Center Nov. 7-9, drew more than 12,500 attendees — 500 more than last year’s record attendance and 1,000 more than in 2012. More importantly, she said, the show generated more than $115,000 for the PCC Foundation to support Pitt students and enhance college services.

After 3,604 shoppers attended this year’s opening day, an astounding 5,577 came out to the Greenville Convention Center on the second day of the show. For perspective, Nobles said the 2005 Down East Holiday Show drew slightly more than 5,000 attendees over the course of three days, while 6,100 shoppers attended the 2006 event.

“Each year, we’re amazed by the community’s support for the Down East Holiday Show,” said Nobles, who also serves as PCC Foundation executive director. “A lot of hard work goes into planning and carrying out each show, and the results of this year’s show are reflective of those efforts.

“While the Holiday Show is something unique and fun for the community and beneficial to our vendors, it’s important to note that the students of Pitt Community College are the ones who gain the most—and that is extremely gratifying,” she continued. “The revenue generated by this year’s Down East Holiday Show will go toward scholarships and educational activities that will benefit our students for years to come.”

This year’s show—the PCC Foundation’s 13th—featured more than 145 vendors selling everything from holiday decorations, gifts, and food items to a variety of services. Santa Claus was also on hand each day of the event to pose for photos with children.

Next year’s show has been scheduled for Nov. 6-8 and is set to take place at the Greenville Convention Center once again. Details and the latest updates on the 2015 event will be posted at www.downeastholidayshow.com.