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Ambassadors Raise Money for Local Charity

CC Student Ambassadors present a $2,900-check to the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina. Kneeling, left to right: Stephanie Sanders, Mackenzie Moore, Shauna Burdoin and Caroline Killmon. Standing, l-r: Hayley Dwyer, Paul Prayer, Lindsay Arnold, Jay Coleman, Phyllis Flye (executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina), Adam Wainwright, Erin Acree (marketing director of the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina), Lee Coleman, Tamsey Arnold, Brad Hunter and Blake Herring.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College Student Ambassadors wrapped up their annual service project this month and presented a $2,900-check to representatives of the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina.

On Nov. 21, ambassadors presented the money they raised through a variety of fundraising endeavors this fall to Phyllis Flye, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina, and Erin Acree, marketing director of the Greenville-based charity. Acree said Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina would match the funds raised by the students, meaning the local Ronald McDonald House will actually receive $5,800.

“That is amazing,” Flye told ambassadors. “We are just so proud of what you have done for our families at the Ronald McDonald House.”

Flye said the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville serves approximately 500 families of seriously ill or injured children from throughout Eastern North Carolina each year by giving them a place to stay while their children receive treatment at nearby medical facilities.

Leslie Rogers, PCC’s Assistant Vice President of Student Services and a Student Ambassadors advisor, said ambassadors quickly discovered how important the Ronald McDonald House is to the area.

“They found out that this is a much-loved organization in this community,” she said. “The response to their fundraising efforts was overwhelming.”

Rogers went on to explain that the annual service project is an excellent learning opportunity for the students.

“The community service component of the student ambassador program is designed to encourage and teach good citizenship,” she said. “We are training these outstanding students to be both leaders and to find causes for which they feel passionate to improve their community.”

PCC Student Ambassadors are selected annually through an application and interview process conducted each spring. Those chosen receive scholarships from the PCC Foundation to attend Pitt.

In return, ambassadors conduct campus tours, recruit, and assist with school-related events and activities. They must also perform weekly service hours and maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better.