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Foundation Reports Successful Fundraiser

'Accelerating the Future' Draws Large Crowd, Positive Feedback

A Hendrick Motorsports Chevy SS raced by legendary NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon was one of several cars on exhibit during the PCC Foundation's "Accelerating the Future" fundraiser March 6.


WINTERVILLE—A large attendance and overwhelmingly positive response have organizers of the Pitt Community College Foundation’s “Accelerating the Future” fundraiser celebrating like they’re in victory lane.

Nearly 400 people visited the PCC campus March 6 to participate in the inaugural racing-themed event, which took place in the Construction and Industrial Technology Building and featured a buffet dinner, silent auction and dancing.

“Everything, from the food served and valet parking to the variety of auction items, turned out better than anything we could have expected,” said PCC Event Specialist Erin Greenleaf. “We have received nothing but positive feedback from those who came out to campus for the event.”

Greenleaf said that while a final fundraising total has not yet been determined, event organizers hope to net $38,000 through “Accelerating the Future” to fund student scholarships and future educational activities at the college.

“The fundraising aspect is clearly important, but it was also valuable for us to have members of the community on campus to see our training facilities firsthand,” Greenleaf said. “In addition to truly enjoying the event, our guests were simply amazed by the college’s state-of-the-art automotive shops.”

Presented by BarbourHendrick Honda, “Accelerating the Future” included an exhibit of luxury and specialty cars provided by friends of PCC. In addition to Ferraris owned by Eddie Smith and Craig Goess Jr., a 1965 Corvette Stingray from Michael Overton, Porsches from Kim Leonard and Porsche North America, Inc., and several cars from Buddy Holt’s collection, the display included a Tesla electric car owned by Parker and Becky Overton, a Ford Mustang customized by Petty’s Garage, LLC, and a Jeff Gordon Chevrolet SS stock car provided by Hendrick Motorsports.

“We appreciate our ‘Accelerating the Future’ sponsors and the many friends of the college who participated in it to support the success of our students,” said Susan Nobles, who serves as vice president of PCC’s Institutional Advancement Division and executive director of the PCC Foundation.

During the fundraiser, the PCC Foundation unveiled a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 4Matic Sedan from Hendrick Mercedes-Benz-Durham that will be awarded to one lucky individual later this year. The organization is planning to sell a maximum of 2,000 tickets at $100 apiece before drawing a winning ticket. Additional details on the car and the contest’s rules and regulations are available online at www.pittccfoundation.com.

“’Accelerating the Future’ was a tremendous success for the PCC Foundation,” Greenleaf said. “I really hope we decide to do it again next year, because any time we can get the community on campus to meet our students and see in person what we are doing to educate and empower them for success is a win for PCC.”