The CVCC Foundation is excited to share its final numbers from the annual Hall of Fame celebration and fundraising event held on March 10, 2016. The Hall of Fame event, which recognizes individuals for outstanding service and accomplishments, was held at the National Infantry Museum and raised over $46,000 to benefit student scholarships. This is the second largest amount raised by the Foundation in one event in its 31-year history. The College’s 2014 Hall of Fame and 40th Anniversary Celebration brought in $55,772, with last year’s event bringing in just over $44,000. Those totals combine to approximately $145,000 in three years to benefit student scholarships.
“Hall of Fame was a special evening, as we recognized two outstanding individuals: the late Rep. Lesley Vance and Mr. Mark Clark.” said Susan Wiggins, chair for the CVCC Foundation and VP of Stakeholders, W.C. Bradley Co.
Mark Clark, general manager at Russell County Water Authority, attended CVCC from 1975-1977, earning his Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. While attending CVCC, Mark was the first elected Student Government Association president. He also established the first school newspaper and served as the College’s sports information director and photographer. Attending CVCC was a family tradition, as Mark’s father, mother, sister, wife, and two daughters all attended CVCC.
The late Representative Lesley Vance served CVCC and his community well. Elected in 1994, Vance was a state representative for over 21 years. He ensured the College was represented in the Alabama State House. In addition to his elected position, Vance also served Russell County as the coroner for 27 years, as well as a Russell County Commissioner for two years.
Wiggins continued “The success of our event is attributed to wonderful support from our sponsors and the community.” Between the large turnout of over 220 guests, and the support of over 47 corporate and individual sponsors, the community has made it clear that CVCC is the community’s college.
“We are excited to keep up the momentum from the 40th anniversary event two years ago.” said Mark Ellard, interim president at Chattahoochee Valley Community College. The Hall of Fame is a way to bring together the stories of the past, the stories of the present, and build opportunities for stories of the future.
The CVCC Foundation awards scholarships on a semester basis to deserving CVCC students. Amounts can vary from a few hundred dollars to cover gas and transportation costs, to over $1,000 to assist with tuition or books.
For over 43 years, CVCC has been the Chattahoochee Valley area residents’ open-access college. Students from all walks of life attend CVCC becoming nurses, teachers, elected leaders and other professionals making a difference in the community.
2016 HOF Sponsors
Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital & Hughston Clinic
W.C. Bradley Co.
103.7 Lite FM
Alabama Power Foundation
Cable TV of East Alabama & Citizen of East Alabama
CB&T East Alabama
Containers by Reaves
Dr. & Mrs. David Hodge
Smith Gray Electric Company, Inc.
Jill Tigner & Mike Venable
Vance Memorial Chapel
Susan Smith Wiggins
Tim & Jane Becraft
The Exchange Club of Phenix City
Floyd & Floyd, Attorneys
Julie Harris, Creekwood Car Washes, LLC
Judge David Johnson
Calvin & Mary Johnson
Dr. Joree Jones
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Junghans
Kinetic Credit Union
David & Resa Lord
Phenix City Board of Education
Pitts Enterprises, Inc.
Robinson, Grimes & Company, P.C
Summerville Animal Hospital
Thayer Properties-GreenLeaf Apartments
Mr. & Mrs. Clark Turner
Roy & Joan Waters