CCC&TI beats fundraising goal by a lot

May. 21, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute had set its fundraising goal higher than ever, and it blew past the goal.

The foundation raised $364,552.50, far more than the $350,000 goal, foundation board chair Peg Broyhill announced Tuesday at the board’s annual Fund Campaign Celebration Luncheon.

“Give yourselves a hand,” Broyhill said. “You did what was said couldn’t be done.”

Last year the foundation met its $314,000 goal. The money helps pay for tuition-based scholarships.

Dr. Ken Boham, president of CCC&TI, said that the people who gave funds for the scholarships are making history.

“There are people who were intricately involved in the institution who aren’t here today, and soon some of us won’t be here tomorrow, but yet think of what the people that aren’t here . . . today thought, saw, dreamed, imagined for the people they’ll never see and what they put together,” Bonham said. “The things you’ve done today for the people you will never see who may move us through another 50 years, and think of what that 50 years could be by what you have done today. You’ve pulled together to show people here that they can do anything they want to.”

Deborah Murray, foundation vice chair, said, “When you see this happen year after year, for it to be new and fresh and important, it’s hard to do, but every year, it’s new and fresh and important because of the leadership that’s assembled here today.”

Tuesday’s luncheon was the closing fundraising event for the Caldwell County campus. The Watauga campus’s fundraising will continue until the end of June.