Community Teams Up to Raise Money for PCC Scholarships

Rob Goldberg | May 28th, 2024

Collage of photos from the PCC Foundation's 2024 Spring Fundraising Event.

WINTERVILLE—Donors and local businesses teamed up in April to raise nearly $20,000 for Pitt Community College student scholarships through their support of the PCC Foundation’s annual spring fundraiser.

This year’s event, titled “The Future Lives Here,” took place April 27 in the Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement’s Chris Smith Multipurpose Room. The program featured dinner and musical entertainment, a silent auction, and several speakers who highlighted the significance of investing in PCC students for the betterment of the local community and workforce.

“Between attendees and event sponsors, we raised more than $19,500 for PCC student scholarships and educational activities at the college,” PCC Special Events Coordinator Jennifer Hemink said. “We’re truly grateful to everyone who participated in this important event for their generosity, unwavering support of our students, and thorough understanding of the profound positive impact that scholarship donations have on our community.”

In addition to PCC President Lawrence Rouse and PCC Foundation Board Chairman Randy Collier, the evening’s speakers included PCC Trustee/Foundation Board member Gary Evans, PCC Foundation Executive Director Beth Sigmon, and PCC Student Ambassadors Alison Beaman and Amy Arriaga. Phil Dixon, a Greenville attorney who served as a trustee from 1988 to 1996 and was the board’s chair two of those years, provided a historical look at the college that included details about Robert Lee Humber, Vernon White and others instrumental to its establishment.

To Chuck Pascarelli, Pitt plays a pivotal role in developing skilled workers for Greenville’s Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., which is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing of lift trucks and providing aftermarket parts and support. Pascarelli, who is president of the Americas Division of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., explained the college’s importance during his remarks to donors at the fundraiser.

“Pitt Community College is really an invaluable resource to us, supplying us with top-notch talent,” he said. “So, keep it going; we appreciate it ….”

The event’s silent auction featured items donated by a host of individuals and local businesses, including Nothing Bundt Cakes, Parker’s Barbecue, Buddy & Polly Holt, Refreshology, Carolina Cooker, Brook Valley Country Club, The Hammock Source, Jenni K. Jewelry, Champions Health & Fitness, Ken Sigmon, Farmville Furniture Company, Farmville Flower Basket & Gifts, Dapper Dan’s Art & Antiques, and Pharmville Drug.

Hemink said more than a dozen local businesses and individuals stepped up to sponsor this year’s spring event at varying levels. They were as follows:

  • Premium Sponsors ($2,500): Grady-White Boats, Institutional Interiors, Ward and Smith, P.A., and Pitt Community College
  • Table Sponsors ($1,250): Alliance One/Pyxus, Greenville ENC Alliance, Mosquito Authority, TowneBank, and John & Sarah Minges
  • Friends of PCC Sponsors ($500): Smith Funeral Service & Crematory, Randy and Dwight Collier, Igoe Creative, Carolina Hardscapes and Pools, and Barnhill Contracting.

“We had some wonderful sponsors, many who support PCC and its students year after year, and we are so thankful for their continued contributions,” Hemink said. “It was an exceptional evening highlighted by powerful stories and words of inspiration by our guest speakers, as the community came together to celebrate and champion the achievements and aspirations of PCC students.”

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