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PCC Foundation Hoping 2015 Holiday Show Will Continue Run of Fundraising Success

Last year, 12,500 shoppers set a new attendance record for the Down East Holiday Show, which is now in its fourteenth year. PCC Foundation officials are hoping to set a new mark later this week as they raise funds for student scholarships and educational activities at the college.

2015 Down East Holiday Show Photo Gallery

WINTERVILLE—A holiday tradition returns to the Greenville Convention Center this week, when the 2015 Pitt Community College Foundation Down East Holiday Show opens with a special VIP shopping event Thursday evening and runs through Sunday.

This year’s show, the PCC Foundation’s fourteenth, is promising to be bigger than ever, and organizers are hoping it will set new attendance and fundraising records. In addition to an extra day of shopping, the show will feature a record 178 vendors – 40 more than last year – due to the Greenville Convention Center’s recent expansion.

“We are so excited about the additional space and feel it is going to make a great event even better,” PCC Event Specialist Erin Greenleaf. “This is the biggest fundraiser we hold all year, so it’s important that it’s successful in generating revenue for student scholarships and educational activities at the college.”

Each year since 2002, the Holiday Show has helped kick off the holiday shopping season with exhibitors selling everything from holiday decorations and food items to a variety of services. Students from PCC’s Therapeutic Massage program will also be providing chair massages for a minimal fee Friday and Saturday.

A pair of drawings will take place during this year’s show. One lucky winner will take home $500 in cash, courtesy of Title Boxing Club, while another will get the keys to a 2016 Mercedes-Benz.

Tickets to enter the Mercedes-Benz drawing are $100 each, but only 2,000 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday at 4 p.m.

For children, Santa Claus will be on hand to pose for pictures and listen to their Christmas wish lists. He’ll be there from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Planning for the Holiday Show is a year-round effort, says Susan Nobles, PCC vice president of Institutional Advancement and PCC Foundation executive director.

“There’s a lot of hard work and attention to detail that go into making certain the Down East Holiday Show is successful each November,” she said. “It’s not a coincidence that the show continues to set new attendance and fundraising records.

In fact, new Holiday Show records have been established in each of the previous six years. Last year’s event drew 12,500 shoppers—500 more than the previous record set in 2013—and generated more than $115,000 for the PCC Foundation.

“Each year, we’re amazed by the community’s support for the Down East Holiday Show,” Nobles said. “Their patronage is one of the reasons why the PCC Foundation is able to provide more than $200,000 in scholarships annually.”

Holiday show organizers are hoping that an extra day for shoppers will help the charitable organization reach a new fundraising high. Greenleaf said the opening VIP event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is for adults only, meaning no children and strollers. Tickets for the event, which will feature cookies, cocoa and a performance by the PCC Chorale, are $10 each.

“We’ve listened to feedback we’ve received from previous shows and decided to offer this new event for serious shoppers,” Greenleaf said. “No invitation is needed; it’s open to all adults.”

Show times for Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for each of those three days are $7 for those 11 and up (admission is free for children 10 and under) and may be purchased on the official Holiday Show website, www.downeastholidayshow.com. A $1-off admission coupon is also available on the website.

Advance three-day Holiday Show passes are on sale for $12 and may be purchased by visiting the PCC Foundation office in the Vernon White Building (Room 2) on Pitt’s main campus.