Approximately 75 guests gathered to support the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation Saturday, March 10 at Park Lane in Thomaston for the SCTC Foundation’s fundraiser, An Evening in Monte Carlo.
Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation member Ryan Tucker welcomed the guests, followed by SCTC’s president, Dr. Alvetta Thomas. Dr. Thomas stated, “What a fun and exciting evening to celebrate and promote technical education and raise money for our students!” Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the SCTC Foundation for special projects such as student scholarships and campus expansion.
Participants enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and dinner along with gaming and a silent auction featuring sixty items donated by local businesses and individuals who helped contribute to the $20,860 in funds raised for the evening. Monte Carlo Productions of Atlanta provided the emcee, dealers and upscale gaming tables, which included Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Roulette and Craps tables. Guests were provided with “Casino Cash” when they entered the event and were able to place bids to play at various tables. At the end of the gaming, the tokens awarded from the tables were converted to raffle tickets for gaming prizes.
Dr. Thomas continued, ”SCTC has been very busy developing plans to increase enrollment for our Flint River Campus. “In fact, we are planning to add a few new programs/initiatives for the Flint River Campus,” Thomas said. “We are currently working to raise the funding to open a registered nursing program. We hope to raise 1.6 million dollars to support RN training on the Flint River Campus.”
The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation has already allocated $500,000 for the program. In addition to nursing, plans are underway for a heavy equipment operator program, as well as criminal justice classes, Thomas said. “We are also working with the Lamar County School System and Upson Lee High School to bring high school students on the Flint River Campus for dual enrollment classes. We believe that these new programs and initiatives will help to build enrollment on the campus.” She also congratulated the Upson Lee High School Running Knights basketball team for their 63rd victory in a row and another state championship victory Saturday.
In keeping with the Monte Carlo theme, SCTC Foundation Secretary Calvin “Hoppy” Hopkins highlighted the sponsors for the event, which included Ace Sponsor, Standard Textile. Rick Pfrogner, manager of Auto Sew, spoke to the guests on behalf of Standard Textile. United Bank served as the Hospitality/Wild Card sponsor. Queen sponsors included Impact Office Interiors, Inc.; Interfor; Quad Graphics, Inc.; Rubio and Sons Interiors; TenCate Protective Fabrics; and Upson Regional Medical Center. Jack sponsors were BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.; David B. Dunaway, Attorney at Law; Georgia Power Company; Georgia Hightower Jr./ATH; State Farm Agents Dumas and Robinson; Thomaston Prescription Shop; Thomaston-Upson County IDA; and Tidal Wave Auto Spa.