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PCC Student Ambassadors Surpass Goal
in Raising Money for American Kidney Fund

PCC Student Ambassadors raised $2,200 for the American Kidney Fund this semester, which doubled the fundraising goal of their annual service project. On hand for last week's check presentation was Terri Gurganus (front row, third from right), who served as the students' inspiration. A dialysis patient, Gurganus is the mother of PCC Student Ambassador Samantha Gurganus (front row, third from left). Also on hand for the presentation were ambassadors (front row, left to right) Lauren Porter, Brittany Randolph, Rebecca Haislip, Keena Champion, (back row, l-r) Caitlin Moore, Cody Beachum, Brian Hardy, La'Quon Rogers, Jarred Purvis and Leeza King.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College Student Ambassadors wrapped up their annual service project Nov. 25 by presenting a $2,200-check—double the amount of their original fundraising goal—to the American Kidney Fund.

Throughout the fall semester, the students held fundraisers to benefit the charitable organization, whose mission is to fight kidney disease through health education, prevention efforts, and direct financial support to patients in need.

Leslie Rogers, PCC Assistant Vice President of Student Services and an ambassadors advisor, said the students selected the American Kidney Fund as the focus of their fundraising efforts because Terri Gurganus, the mother of a current ambassador Samantha Gurganus, suffers from kidney disease and is a dialysis patient.

Rogers said Samantha Gurganus spoke with her fellow ambassadors about her mom's struggles with the disease and the financial hardship on kidney disease patients and their families.

“This year’s service project was personal for the ambassadors; it was about one of their own,” Rogers said, adding that raising funds for charitable causes each year serves as 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 leaders and to find causes for which they feel passionate to improve their community.”

PCC ambassadors are selected annually through an application and interview process conducted each spring. Those who are 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.