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AT&T Sponsoring 2011 PCC Holiday Show

As presenting sponsor of the 2011 PCC Foundation Down East Holiday Show, AT&T's John Lyon, sixth from right, presents a check on behalf of his company to PCC Foundation representatives Don Mills, third from left, and Dewey Grubb, fifth from left. Also in attendance for the check presentation was Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn, fourth from right, and AT&T employees, left to right: Courtney Stanley, Tamela Jones, Ivan Davila, Chris Robinson, Leda Lama, Amanda Boyd, Deneanne Adams and Becky Buck

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College Foundation officials announced this month that AT&T will be the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Down East Holiday Show, which will take place Nov. 4-6 at the Greenville Convention Center.

Started in 2002, the three-day event helps kick off the holiday shopping season with more than 140 exhibitors selling everything from holiday decorations and food items to a variety of services. Santa Claus will also be on hand at various times during the event to take photos with children.

Last year’s Holiday Show was a record-setter for the PCC Foundation, drawing more than 10,000 shoppers and raising more than $80,000 to support PCC students through scholarships and educational activities.

Dewey Grubb, PCC Foundation Development Director, called AT&T’s sponsorship of the 2011 show “a significant vote of confidence in PCC and the difference it makes in the community.”

John Lyon, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T North Carolina, agreed and said the company is committed to reaching out to urban and rural communities through its products and services and philanthropic activities, with particular attention given to educational causes.

“… We saw (the Down East Holiday Show) as a great fit for our AT&T educational support initiatives,” Lyon said. “Because PCC is such a vital part of the community and provides a tremendous benefit to the continuing educational needs of the area, it was very apparent that we should reach out and support such a great program.

“Supporting PCC will result in helping students who come from both urban and rural areas,” he continued. “And AT&T wants to impact both of these geographic areas with our support of the PCC Down East Holiday Show.”

Susan Nobles, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement, said the PCC Foundation provides more than $200,000 in scholarships each year.

“The Down East Holiday Show is one of our key fundraising events to support these scholarships,” Nobles said. “We look forward to working with AT&T and our other sponsors and vendors to provide an excellent experience for those attending this year’s event.”

Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn called the Down East Holiday Show “a real plus” for the city and PCC.

“We are the education and shopping hub of the east,” Dunn said. “... We are grateful to AT&T for their interest and support of PCC and their efforts to raise money for scholarships.”

Show times for next weekend’s event are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for those 11 and up. Children 10 and under will be admitted free of charge. Three-day passes will be available for $12 and may be purchased in advance through PCC's Institutional Advancement Office, which is located in Room 2 of the Vernon E. White Building on the college’s main campus.

For more information on this year’s show, call (252) 493-7287, or visit www.downeastholidayshow.com.