Paul D. Camp to host third annual ‘Building for the Future’ gala

Published 9:01 am Wednesday, February 28, 2018

by Wendy Harrison

Leave dinner to Paul D. Camp Community College on Saturday, March 24, during the PDCCC Foundation Board’s third annual Building for the Future Gala.

More than 200 guests attended last year’s event at the PDCCC Regional Workforce Development Center. — Submitted | Wendy Harrison

The event gets underway at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. The fundraiser features an open bar, a seated dinner, as well as live and silent auctions, all for one ticket price of $75.

Proceeds will be used for the following to support upgrades and expansions that will benefit students:

• enhancing of the college’s occupational and technical library resources

• implementing technology in the classroom that will connect locations in real time

• upgrading classroom and student spaces at the Smithfield location, and

• expanding the athletics program to include a women’s softball team

The listed projects will collectively support the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which includes the initiative, “15 to Finish.”

City Attorney H. Taylor Williams IV puts in a bid at the last event, as local PDCCC Board member Patricia Sowell, in front, looks at some of the items in the auction.

“This is a national concept where we will enroll students in 15, or full-time, credits per semester, so that they can complete educational goals in a timely manner,” said Dr. Renee Felts, executive director of the PDCCC Foundation, who also serves as vice president for institutional advancement and workforce development. “Finishing an associate’s degree or a credential in two years or less, saves students time and money, and prepares them for jobs where they can make family-sustaining wages.”

Last year, more than 200 guests netted more than $44,000. The proceeds made it possible to add relevant programs to ensure student success, preparing them for high demand jobs, such as electrical/ instrumentation, warehousing/ distribution/ logistics and cyber security. It also enabled the college to get its athletic program going.

This year’s goal is $75,000.

“There is absolutely nothing more important than our students’ success,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “We are all working hard to make sure that the first place  potential students in our region think of to enroll is Paul D. Camp because of our relevant programs, student-friendly atmosphere, one-on-one attention and community partnerships. Your support will help us achieve our vision.”

For more information or tickets, call Dr. Felts at 569-6760.

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