'An Evening to Remember' on June 24 to Support Scholarship

05/17/2011
Contact: Deborah Factory
Phone: 678-891-2560
Fax: 678-891-2966   
Author: Susan Gast   

Interested in experiencing “An Evening to Remember?”

You can do so and help support scholarships for local college students at the same time.

The Georgia Perimeter College/DeKalb College Retiree Association is inviting the community to a festive fundraiser for the organization’s scholarship fund.

“An Evening to Remember,” planned for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  June 24 in the Clarkston Campus’s Student Center (CN Building), will feature an auction, music by Sentimental Journey Barbershop Quartet, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes.

“Members of the GPC / DeKalb College Retiree Association are excited about the fun evening we have planned,” said Janet Barron, who is coordinating the event for the retiree association.

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and may be purchased online at https://giving.gpc.edu/sslpage.aspx?pid=331 (major credit cards accepted). The deadline for online purchases is June 22. Tickets also will be available at the door for $30 per person and $50 per couple.

For information, contact Deborah Factory by phone at 678-891-2560 or by email at Deborah.Factory@gpc.edu.

Ron Swofford, president of the retiree association, said the fundraiser will help generate money to match an anonymous challenge grant of $2,500 for the scholarship fund.

“That is our short-term goal,” Swofford said. “Our long-term hope is to endow the scholarship fund, which means reaching a level of $25,000. Endowing the scholarship assures that an award can be made each year.”

The retiree association only established the scholarship in 2010, but quickly built donations and presented its first award earlier this year.

The scholarship is designed to assist a GPC student who is in good standing, is 35 years of age or older, is in a career change and has a financial need. The award is limited to tuition costs for one full semester for each winner.  The value of the first award was $1,239.

“The scholarship has allowed me to take off work for my clinical rotation,” says Buffy Leann Davis, a GPC nursing student and the inaugural recipient of the scholarship. Davis supports herself by working in a restaurant when not in class. “Clinical days are so important. That took a big load off of me.”

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.