PCC Foundation To Hold First Fundraising Event in New Smith Center

PCC's brand new Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement will host a scholarship fundraiser for the first time on April 14. Tickets are available for purchase online.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation’s annual spring scholarship event will take place April 14 in the college’s new Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement.

The program, titled “Building Futures in our Backyard,” will take place in the Chris Smith Multipurpose Room, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $100 and are available for purchase online.

In addition to raising money for PCC student scholarships, the event will give the PCC Foundation a chance to celebrate the Smith Center’s opening with PCC supporters. The 28,000-square-foot building is the new home of Pitt’s Institutional Advancement Division, which includes the PCC Foundation and the college’s marketing and media relations departments. It also houses the VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program and the Slocum-Bunch Veterans Center, which provides services to PCC’s student veteran population.

“We’re excited about hosting our first event in the Smith Center for Student Advancement with Pitt Community College’s most dedicated supporters,” PCC Events Coordinator Jennifer Vogt said. “It’ll be an opportunity for President Lawrence Rouse to share PCC’s plans for future growth, which will literally take place in the Smith Center’s backyard.”

Vogt said representatives from Greenville ENC Alliance will also take the stage to discuss their role in the community and explain how the educational services PCC provides benefit local business and industry, as well as regional economic development prospects. She says a current student and alumnus will share how they benefited from PCC Foundation scholarships and the impact it’s had on their lives.

“We’ll have a silent auction taking place throughout the event, with items from various places up for bidding, including Sam Jones BBQ, Lautares Jewelers and a five-night stay at a 6,500-square-foot mountaintop home in Banner Elk,” Vogt said. “Proceeds will benefit PCC Foundation scholarships, which make higher education possible for individuals needing financial assistance.”

Vogt says various levels of event sponsorship are still available. For more information on this month’s fundraiser, she can be reached at jhvogt453@my.pittcc.edu or (252) 493-7496.