Wallace Student Auction Raises Quarter Million Dollars In Two Hours

by | Nov 2, 2017 | City News, Community, County News, Cullman, Cullman City, Good Hope, Hanceville, Images, Interviews, People, Students, Videos

The Wallace State Community College Future Foundation hosted its 13th annual Student Investment Luncheon and Auction on Wednesday.

A whopping $253,000 was raised to fund student scholarships at the college.

Future Foundation donors and scholarships continue to increase each year as money is raised at the event through a live and silent auction, scholarship contributions and table sales.

The turnout filled the floor of the Tom Drake Auditorium on the Wallace campus.

Prior to Wednesday’s fundraising event, the Future Foundation has awarded over 2,000 scholarships since 2007.

Supporters on hand at the event at Tom Drake Coliseum were treated to a catered lunch prepared by the Wallace State Café and the Wallace State Culinary Arts program. For the third consecutive year recent student scholarship recipients distributed the lunches as a way to thank the supporters and donors for their contributions. Members of the Wallace State Cheerleading squad also assisted at the luncheon.

As she has been in year’s past, Suzanne Harbin, Executive Director of the Future Foundation was the driving force behind this year’s gathering:

“I love that the scholarship recipients have an opportunity to engage with the donors while they are here. Otherwise, the donors don’t get to know the scholarship recipient nor do the recipients get to know the donor who provided them with an opportunity. For me, this event is also about the number of scholarships we can award and we are very thankful for the number we achieved today. It will allow us to fully fund scholarships from somewhere from 100 to 150 students annually.”

Wednesday’s live and silent auction featured a variety of items.

Christie King was benefit auctioneer. She led the live auction portion of the event. The big ticket items this year included Alabama/LSU football tickets, an Argentinian hunting trip, a much sought after shotgun, a diamond necklace and beach vacations.

Bids escalated well into 4-figures for some of those coveted items.

For the second time, individuals at the event were given the chance to “Fund a Need” for a Wallace State student. The coupons offered included helping students with book scholarships, emergency gas cards, dining cards and tuition for selected amounts of credit hours.

Harbin said a $25 emergency gift card for gas is “like gold” to students who need that bit of additional assistance to get to class. “We had one student who walked two hours to school,” she said as an example of the need for such items.

The Future Foundation will have a link on its website (www.wsccfuturefoundation.org) where donors may select one of the Fund a Need options.

Susan Peek is a success coach at Wallace State Community College.

She helps students find their innate success through life, academic and career coaching.

In this interview, she explains the details and student benefits of the “Fund a Need” program for a Wallace State students:

In addition to food, fun and festivities, some very important endowments, new scholarships, and announcements were made public:

HANCEVILLE NURSING & REHAB
Established an endowed scholarship honoring their founders, Jim D. & Mattie Moody.

CJ BURNEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This was established last year; it is now a fully endowed scholarship.

JOHN CONNOR STRICKLAND
Last year’s scholarship honoring John Connor Strickland become fully now endowed.

MERCHANTS BANK
Created a new scholarship honoring Pelham C. Butler.
This will support a business major each year.

CITY OF CULLMAN ID BOARD
* The City of Cullman Industrial Development Board established an endowed scholarship supporting skilled workforce programs.

GARY & JUNE EASTERWOOD
Endowed a scholarship to benefit graduates from Holly Pond High School attending Wallace State.

BILL & ELIZABETH ST. JOHN
These two established an endowed scholarship for Cullman County students attending Wallace State.

JOHNNY ALBRIGHT
The Brother Eldridge Criscoe Endowed Scholarship was established by Johnny Albright. This will specifically assist current students or graduates of Brewer High School.

The James W. Meherg Endowed scholarship was also established by Johnny Albright.

Wallace Student Auction Raises Quarter Million Dollars In Two Hours
CLICK Any Image To Enlarge
Wallace State Community College
Wallace Student Auction Raises Quarter Million Dollars In Two Hours

Staff Writers

The staff writers at Cullman Today are a collaborative group of citizen reporters sharing the writing of stories based upon their personal interests and work schedules.