Second annual PDCCC Foundation Gala raises over $40,000

Published 10:00 am Friday, April 7, 2017

by Wendy Harrison

The Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation’s Annual “Building for the Future” Gala Dinner and Auction was attended by more than 200 guests who enjoyed an elegant evening at the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center.

The evening, which began with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a seated dinner and live auction, resulted in a profit in excess of $40,000.

“We are elated that this event received so much support from throughout our service area which resulted in a very successful evening for our college.” said Dr. Renee Felts, PDCCC Foundation executive director. “A committee headed by Foundation board member Martha Russ, spent months planning the evening. They, along with the guests, the sponsors and donors, all contributed to the success of the evening. Our thanks to all of them — it truly takes a village.”

Proceeds from the gala will help fund the following new programs: cyber security on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus; allied health certified nursing assistant at PDCCC at Smithfield; industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation on the Franklin Campus; and establishment of an athletic program at PDCCC.

“A portion of the proceeds will also be used for the college’s scholarship endowment,” said Felts. “Everything we do is for our students, area businesses and the communities that we serve, and these funds will allow us to enhance those opportunities.”

WENDY HARRISON is the public relations specialist for Paul D. Camp Community College. She can be reached at