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CCC&TI Foundation Watauga team kicks off campaign PDF Print
Written by Edward Terry, Public Information Officer   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 15:07

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute rallied its Watauga County fund-raising team March 30 in hopes of helping to meet the overall goal of $311,000 for 2011. The Watauga fund-drive team met at the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation (BREMCO) district office in Boone to discuss this year’s fund-raising goals and for an introduction to the new Foundation director, Marla Christie. The team heard a report on CCC&TI staff and student fund-raising efforts, as well as the Foundation’s role in achieving long-range goals. Foundation Board of Directors Chairwoman Peg Broyhill said the Foundation funds student scholarships, the annual Writer’s Symposium, childcare assistance for current students, student work-study opportunities, professional development and more.

“I’ve heard from students who could not go to college without childcare help,” Broyhill said, citing the example of a current CCC&TI nursing student who has four children. “It’s worthwhile if you can help students like her go to college, get her degree and support her children.

Broyhill announced that the employee fund-raising has topped $40,000, which is a record for faculty and staff contributions and lauded the generosity of employees who haven’t had a raise in several years. She also announced that CCC&TI students have donated approximately $500 to the cause as well.

Christie, who is leading her first fund-drive, encouraged the Watauga team to be ambassadors for the college. She also highlighted the growing need for the financial help provided by the Foundation. Among the facts she shared was that the number of financial aid recipients more than doubled last year.

“There are a lot of people who won’t have the opportunity to come to college without the Foundation’s help,” she said.

Led by BREMCO Watauga District Manager Susan Jones, the Watauga team also includes co-captains Scott Eggers and Julie O’Dell-Michie, both of whom also are with BREMCO. The team includes more than a dozen other Watauga County leaders.

“We’re raising money for hope for people in our community,” Jones said. “And it’s for people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Eggers added that CCC&TI has had tremendous reach in Watauga County.

“It’s a beautiful place for kids to go and learn,” he said. “Caldwell Community College is an unsung hero … It’s part of the core of the community and its work ethic.”

For more information about the Foundation of CCC&TI’s annual fund-drive or to make a pledge, visit or call 828-726-2260. Donations also can be sent to the Foundation at: PO Box 600, Lenoir, NC 28645 or PO Box 3318, Boone, NC 28607.


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