SPC gala attracts record support
Community leaders, former students, faculty, staff and friends of South Plains College turned out Saturday to recognize the importance of scholarships for future SPC students and raised more than $150,000 for scholarships at the 14th-annual Scholarship Gala.
More than 500 people attended the event. The scholarship gala was hosted by City Bank and the South Plains College Foundation. Great Western Dining served as underwriting partner for the event.
The South Plains College Foundation has provided $532,000 for scholarships for students and ended 2011 with nearly $10 million in assets.
Fifty-eight businesses and individuals joined the SPC Foundation as contributing sponsors for the event. An additional 73 individuals joined the foundation as gala benefactors.
A live and silent auction netted $60,315.
The Poages, former SPC students, were honored for establishing and building the G.F. “Buz” Poage Memorial Scholarship to the Foundation’s Visionary Endowment Level of $50,000.
The Las Fidelis Study Club was recognized for providing scholarships to attend SPC for 54 consecutive years and for chartering a $25,000 endowment with the SPC Foundation to perpetuate the scholarship for future students.
The evening included the introduction of the 2012 recipients of the SPC Foundation’s Pacesetter Awards, which recognizes exemplary philanthropy and support of the foundation.