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2013 Down East Holiday Show Is Nov. 1-3

PCC Foundation Ready for Annual Fundraiser at Greenville Convention Center

The 2013 PCC Foundation Down East Holiday Show will take place at the Greenville Convention Center Nov. 1-3.

WINTERVILLE—With 65 more days to go until Christmas, organizers of next month’s Pitt Community College Foundation Down East Holiday Show are hoping shoppers will help the organization establish new records for the annual fundraiser.

In each of the previous four years, the three-day event has achieved record-setting attendance and fundraising totals. Last year’s show drew 11,500 shoppers to the Greenville Convention Center and generated nearly $101,000 for student scholarships and educational activities at PCC.

Started in 2002, this year’s show will be the PCC Foundation’s twelfth and is scheduled to take place Nov. 1-3 at the Greenville Convention Center.

PCC Development Director Lynne James says more than 145 exhibitors are expected to participate in this year’s event, selling everything from holiday decorations, gifts and food items to a variety of services. She added that Santa Claus would also be on hand each day to take photos with children.

Susan Nobles, PCC Foundation executive director and vice president of the college’s Institutional Advancement Division, says planning for the Down East Holiday Show is a year-round effort.

“There’s a lot of hard work and attention to detail that go into making sure the Down East Holiday Show is successful each November,” Nobles said. “It’s not a coincidence that the show continues to set new attendance and fundraising records. Those results are reflective of the preparation that our employees and PCC Foundation volunteers put in to make it a successful event and their dedication to serving the students of Pitt Community College.”

Nobles says it is essential for the Holiday Show to be profitable, because it generates much-needed funding that supports the college’s mission to educate and empower people for success. She noted that the PCC Foundation provides more than $200,000 in scholarships each year.

“Many of our Holiday Show attendees come to the event with the purpose of finding the perfect gift for their loved ones,” Nobles said. “Whether or not they realize it, their attendance ends up providing the perfect gifts to our students as well – an affordable college education.”

Show times for this year’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 are available for $12 and may be purchased in advance at www.downeastholidayshow.com or through the PCC Institutional Advancement Office, which is located in Room 2 of the Vernon E. White Building on the college’s main campus.

For additional information on this year’s Down East Holiday Show, visit the event’s official website, which includes a list of exhibitors, a $1-off admission coupon and Santa’s hours.