The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation's twelfth annual Red Carpet Gala, held on August 12, 2017, on the Griffin Campus, received well over 350 guests who enjoyed an evening of fine dining, music, and fundraising. The guests eagerly demonstrated support for Southern Crescent Technical College through their lively participation in a reverse raffle and by generously bidding during both a silent and a live auction. Early estimates indicate that proceeds from the event will be in excess $56,000 with that money going to support the needs of the College including student scholarships. The evening culminated with Carole Proctor and Kimberly and John Asbell splitting the $5,000 grand prize in the reverse raffle and donating $1,000 back to the Foundation.
Evan Stitt, SCTC Foundation Trustee, enlivened the crowd as the event's emcee. Foundation Trustee Randy Howell and The Party Time Band provided the evening's entertainment, playing a variety of musical selections which encouraged the guests to dance.
SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas expressed gratitude on behalf of the College and thanked those in attendance which were comprised of representatives from forty-one area businesses as corporate sponsors and dozens of other faithful friends of the College. Attendees had an opportunity to bid on approximately 250 silent and live auction items and in-kind services which were donated from nearly 200 individuals and businesses. Silent auction items ranged from jewelry, vacation trips, handmade pieces, home décor items, artwork, autographed sports memorabilia, electronics, fine dining coupons, and an assortment of other items and services.
Dr. Thomas stated, “Tonight is a grand night for Southern Crescent Technical College. The campus has never looked so elegant, and the eager participation of our guests truly overwhelms us. We could not have asked for a more impressive turn-out for this important event I want to thank all of the businesses and individuals for their overwhelming support of the College and our students. These partnerships enable us to carry out our mission and to provide the workforce training needed to stimulate our local economy."
During the event, a special presentation was made to the Dundee Community Association for their recent gift of $1,000,000 to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation. This gift officially renames Building 200 on the Griffin Campus the Dundee Education Technology Center. A plaque and lettering were both unveiled and will be installed in the coming months.
The Red Carpet Gala was a phenomenal success, primarily due to the unwavering support of those who attended and those who so generously donated items for auction. The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation expressed its great appreciation when Foundation Chair Jack Smith stated, "The College deserves the very best we can offer in our support, and the communities have surely risen to the occasion with their attendance and their donations. We are very thankful for their generosity and the opportunities it affords the students of Southern Crescent Technical College."
Foundation Trustee Nancy Blake said, "Attending the Gala this year was like attending a reunion. It was nice to be in the company of so many in our community who support the mission of Southern Crescent Technical College."