Smith Center to Host Very First Event on April 14

Rob Goldberg | March 31st, 2023

Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation’s annual spring scholarship event will take place April 14 in the new Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement.

The program, titled “Building Futures in our Backyard,” will take place in the Chris Smith Multipurpose Room, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $100 and are available for purchase online.

In addition to raising money for PCC student scholarships, the event will give the PCC Foundation a chance to celebrate the Smith Center’s opening with PCC supporters. The 28,000-square-foot building is the new home of Pitt’s Institutional Advancement Division, which includes the PCC Foundation and the college’s marketing and media relations departments. It also houses the VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program and the Slocum-Bunch Veterans Center, which provides services to PCC’s student veteran population.

“We’re excited about hosting our first event in the Smith Center for Student Advancement with Pitt Community College’s most dedicated supporters,” PCC Events Coordinator Jennifer Vogt said. “It’ll be an opportunity for President Lawrence Rouse to share PCC’s plans for future growth, which will literally take place in the Smith Center’s backyard.”

Vogt said representatives from Greenville ENC Alliance will also take the stage to discuss their role in the community and explain how the educational services PCC provides benefit local business and industry, as well as regional economic development prospects. She says a current student and alumnus will share how they benefited from PCC Foundation scholarships and the impact it’s had on their lives.

“We’ll have a silent auction taking place throughout the event, with items from various places up for bidding, including Sam Jones BBQ and Lautares Jewelers and a five night stay at a 6500+ sq ft mountaintop home in Banner Elk, and proceeds will benefit PCC Foundation scholarships, which make higher education possible for individuals needing financial assistance.”

Vogt says various levels of event sponsorship are still available. Current sponsors are as follows:

  • Premium Sponsors: Institutional Interiors, Grady-White Boats, Brown & Wood, Ward and Smith, P.A., Lautares Jewelers, and Pitt Community College
  • Table Sponsors: Alliance One/Pyxus, Carolina Hardscapes & Mulch, TowneBank, Meridian Park, Greenville ENC Alliance, Barnhill Contracting Company, The Mosquito Authority, Emily Monk Davidson & Farmville Furniture Company, Mike & Page Aman, First Bank, and First Citizens Bank
  • Friends of PCC Sponsors: Visit Greenville NC, Randy and Dwight Collier, Sam Jones BBQ, Igoe Creative, Cassius Williams, Sylvia Craft, and Ann Land

For more information on “Building Futures in our Backyard,” email Vogt at, or call (252) 493-7496.

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