Foundation of WCC Invitational
One way in which the Foundation strives to fulfill its purpose is by holding the Foundation of Wayne Community College Invitational to raise funds for student scholarships and enhancement. This has proven to be a very fruitful fundraiser. This year’s Invitational raised $205,000.00 all in support of deserving students.
As the needs of the college evolve the Foundation remains committed to our fundraising efforts to develop initiatives for broader educational opportunities for our students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Funds raised as a result of the Foundation of WCC Invitational will be used for tuition scholarships as well as program and facility enhancements. These funds are essential if Wayne Community College is to keep pace with the current needs of our community, our students, and the workforce for which we prepare our students daily.
Donations will provide assistance where it is most needed – to students who may otherwise not be able to attend college and to enhance the educational setting and equipment on which our students prepare for their careers. We use 100% of your donation toward student success! By becoming a sponsor, you can provide means for them to complete their education, learn the tools they need to enter the workforce and give them a real chance to succeed.
The Benefit Golf Tournament was started in 1993 by Dillon Wooten to help fund scholarships. The NC Community College President at the time, Bob Scott, was the keynote speaker and the event raised $14,000. The traditional auction dinner and golf tournament was held at Lane Tree Golf Club.
In 2008, Jackson and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning became the tournament sponsor and in 2009 the tournament and dinner auction moved to Walnut Creek Country Club. Also in 2009, Larry Boyce became the tournament chairman and under his leadership along with many volunteers, the net proceeds have grown each year, making it the most successful golf tournament in the NC Community College System.
In 2010, the name was changed to Scholarship Invitational to reflect the main purpose of the event, which is to fund student scholarships at Wayne Community College. In 2014, Jeff Jackson and Meagan Bourgeois became our invitational co-chairs. They provided strong leadership and dedication to our students through 2017 when Justin McLamb took over the role of Invitational Chair. During his tenure from 2017-2020, Justin was instrumental in providing new ideas and sponsors. Justin remains part of the committee which is now led by Joe Garner. Joe, an avid golfer brings innovative ideas, enthusiastic support, and charisma to the committee.
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