|Foundation of CCC&TI Kicks-Off Fund Drive|
|Written by Steve Frank|
|Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:06|
The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute held its Annual Fund Campaign kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, March 5 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, and the celebration extended well beyond the usual festivities. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the founding
of CCC&TI, Foundation leaders set a record high fund drive goal and challenged CCC&TI supporters to join the celebration by supporting student scholarships.
Foundation Vice Chair Deborah Murray, at the opening of the luncheon, led the audience in a toast with specially decorated cupcakes topped with 50s.
“Fifty years is an incredible milestone,” Murray said. “To 50 years of growth, challenge, accomplishment multiplied by the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have been touched by this college. Here’s to the first 50 years of CCC&TI making a night and day difference in Caldwell County.”
Featuring community leaders, campaign volunteers, and college faculty and administrators, the event served as the start to fundraising efforts for the Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive. Peg Broyhill, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, offered opening remarks and welcomed the crowd of supporters. Broyhill also announced the goal for this year’s campaign as $350,000.
“This year, the board decided to set the bar higher,” said Broyhill, adding that “The Future is Now” is this year’s fund drive theme. “As a birthday gift to the college, we pay tribute to its history and its future.
“Now more than ever, we need your help,” she said. “We are asking everyone to join in this celebration by making your contribution and by giving a birthday present. These presents will be earmarked for scholarships for students who need financial assistance.”
Broyhill recognized the faculty and staff members at CCC&TI, who kicked off their portion of the campaign in February. To date, the employee campaign has raised more than $32,000 and employees are continuing to bring in pledges.
She also announced that this year’s Annual Fund Drive Co-Chairs are: Dr. Ed Beam, CCC&TI’s first president; Larry Taylor, current Chairman of the CCC&TI Board of Trustees; and former CCC&TI Board of Trustees Chairs Dr. Don Lackey, Brent Kincaid and Hugh Wilson. In her introduction she also acknowledged the late John Forlines and E.M. Dudley, who also previously chaired the CCC&TI Board of Trustees.
“Each of these past and current leaders has been key to the success of CCC&TI, both then and now,” Broyhill said. “Without them, the college certainly would not be what it is today.”
All five campaign co-chairs were in attendance and offered remarks by way of a 10-minute video discussing the history of CCC&TI and the importance of the Foundation.
Dr. Ken Boham, President of CCC&TI, offered the group context on how far the institution has come in 50 years. In addition to serving more than 236,000 students over the institution’s 50-year history, Boham also cited CCC&TI’s growth from no buildings in 1964 to having multiple buildings on multiple campuses in Caldwell and Watauga counties, with two more buildings being added this spring.
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