Sampson Community College is gearing up for its annual SCC Foundation Phone-a-thon, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
As always, the proceeds from the phone-a-thon go towards providing scholarships to SCC students.
According to Lisa Turlington, the executive director of the SCC Foundation, just over $28,000 was raised during last year’s event.
“Last year, around $63,000 was awarded in over 70 scholarships,” reported Turlington. “It was a bit of a drop from the previous year, probably because of the economy, but that’s still really good.”
Alanda Lucas is one of last year’s scholarship recipients and could hardly put into words how much her scholarship meant to her. “It meant everything really,” attested Lucas. “I don’t think people realize how much those scholarships mean. It’s expensive [to go to college] and I didn’t qualify for financial aid. I also didn’t make enough money to pay for it myself, either, so the scholarship really made it all possible. God bless the people who donated because every little bit helps.”
Helping to provide scholarships for students like Lucas means a great deal to the donors themselves as well. Donors know they are not only helping local individuals but also the community as a whole.
“I think it’s really important to help people get an education and get trained. Obviously, the community college is a vital link in that,” said Ronnie Jackson, owner of Clinton Truck and Tractor and a regualr phone-a-thon supporter. “They train people for a lot of jobs right around here, and the training can also be a stepping stone toward a four year education, so I think it’s a very important thing to support. I try to give a little every year.”
The SCC Foundation is hoping that every little bit adds up to exceed last year’s total. “This year we’re aiming for $30,00o,” noted Turlington.
As in years past, the phone-a-thon will be aired live on StarVision cable, Turlington added.
“We’re so glad to have Star Telephone’s support; they’ve been so helpful,” praised Turlington. “They’ve even put together a commercial that’s running right now.”
“Star Telephone is proud to be involved in helping the SCC Foundation once again. We’re doing the calling live here from the office and it’ll be aired on StarVision for the third year now,” shared Lyman Horne, the executive vice president and general manager of Star Telephone and an officer on the SCC Foundation Board of Directors. “We encourage people not to make a donation but to make an investment in the young people of the community and the many others who use to college. All of it helps to make their dreams of receiving an education come true.”
If you tune in to watch the live event on StarVision, you’ll see numerous volunteers, students, faculty, and trustees making those important phone calls, said Turlington.
SCC Foundation assitant Brandon Wiggins added that SGA student ambassadors also help make phone calls. “We usually have anywhere from 20 to 30 volunteers total calling.”
But it won’t be just volumteers and ringing phones taking over TV screens. As usual, the phone-a-thon will feature a variety of local talent. Brittany Cottle will be one of the featured vocalists as will Bruce Creech, a SCC business professor. SCC students Nick Gonzalez and Dylan Warner are also on the schedule and will perform with their band.
Turlington also mentioned that Miss SCC, Samantha Hall, will be lending a hand during the event too.
“There will also be interviews with SCC faculty and staff,” shared Turlington. “They’ll share with the community how the college helps to lift up our local industry and economy. The public will learn how SCC works with the community.”
While the SCC Foundation Phone-a-thon has been going strong for around a decade now, there are some new people involved in the event this year.
“It’s exciting,” said Wiggins, “especially to be on this end of things and see the process of how we raise money and how it goes back to the students. You really see how the Foundation helps students.”
Dr. Paul Hutchins, president of Sampson Community College, is also new to the phone-a-thon and is looking forward to being part of this important college and community event. “I’m excited for the opportunity to participate. Everything I’ve heard about the phone-a-thon has been that it’s a tremendousn event. There will be great talent represented not only from here but from the whole community. It’s a way to reach out to the community as they support us. I’m looking foward to it with great anticipation.”
To make a contribution during the phone-a-thon, call 910-564-3601. Donations can also be made online at www.sampsoncc.edu/Foundation-Home.asp. If you prefer snail mail, donations can be sent to SCC Foundation, P.O. Box 318, Clinton, N.C. 28329.
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.