|Foundation of CCC&TI Exceeds Fund Drive Goal|
|Written by Edward Terry, Public Information Officer|
|Wednesday, 25 May 2011 15:05|
The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute culminated the year with its annual Celebration Luncheon, wrapping up another successful campaign. Despite a challenging economy, the group surpassed its goal of $311,000 for the Annual Fund Drive, announced Peg Broyhill, chair of CCC&TI’s Foundation.
“Today, we do have a lot to celebrate,” said Broyhill as she welcomed guests to the event. “I am thrilled to announce that together we have exceeded our goal and I am so excited. Thank you all so much!"
Volunteers, campaign leaders, board members and college officials celebrated their success at the luncheon. Those in attendance enjoyed lunch under the pergola at the Broyhill House, music by Kay and Patrick Crouch and remarks from several community members.
Deborah Murray, vice chair of the CCC&TI Foundation, offered a toast in honor of the successful campaign. “This year’s campaign was very different. It was a big challenge,” said Murray. “Each of you accepted an incredible challenge and you have surpassed our expectations. Cheers!”
Broyhill recognized and thanked campaign captains, team members, college officials, students and volunteers for their hard work during this year’s drive. Broyhill also recognized this year’s Campaign Chair Allene Stevens. “We could not have picked a more fervent champion, motivational cheerleader or supportive chair,” said Broyhill as she called on Stevens to offer her remarks.
Stevens expressed her satisfaction with the success of the campaign and the hard work of those involved. “When we all got together for our kick-off luncheon, I was so impressed with the people in that room. There was so much optimism and determination despite the challenges we knew were ahead,” said Stevens. “Today I am simply overwhelmed at what this group has accomplished. Your enthusiasm, energy and perseverance are truly inspiring.”
In addition to community volunteers and leaders, CCC&TI’s faculty and staff raised a record-setting $41,000 for the campaign this year and were recognized for their efforts. The students, who were involved in fundraising for the campaign for the first time, were also recognized. Their student-led campaign, which was titled “Small Gift: Big Difference,” raised $850.
Denise Shew, a recent graduate of CCC&TI’s Sonography program, spoke during the luncheon on behalf of the students. “In all of my classes, there was a wide range of students, from retirees to single parents, to high school students. If not for the Foundation and the resources it provides, a lot of these students would not be able to attend college,” said Shew. “Knowledge is something that can never be taken away. These students go back to their families and communities and share that knowledge. Thank you to the Foundation on behalf of the ambassadors, the Sonography club and all the students at CCC&TI.”
CCC&TI President Ken Boham offered his gratitude on behalf of the college. “We have a spirited group of people that make this the best community college in the world,” said Boham. “Thank you so much for all you do for the institution.”
This year’s fund drive brought in a number of new donors and several in-kind gifts. Of the 872 donors to this year’s campaign, 177 were new. In addition, the Foundation added 33 new campaign volunteers to its ranks.
Broyhill also recognized the new Director of the College Foundation, Marla Christie, who took the reigns Feb. 1 to lead this year’s campaign. “Marla certainly hit the ground running this year. I want to congratulate Marla on her first successful Annual Fund Campaign,” remarked Broyhill.
Murray closed out the event with closing remarks at the luncheon. “The benefit of this campaign is absolutely exponential. It ensures that doors will be opened and opportunities extended,” said Murray. “Hundreds of people participate in this campaign every year but thousands receive the benefits from it. Thank you.”
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