"Wine & Dine Under the Stars" gala was a huge success. Held in Cashiers on Saturday, July 19, the gala assisted the SCC Foundation in achieving its goal to raise over $1 million to establish the Student Success Endowment in support of scholarships at Southwestern Community College. A U..S Department of Education Title III Grant is maximizing every donation by matching, dollar for dollar, up to $300,000 on gifts received by September 1, 2014.

The evening featured:

Gala in the news:​

'Wine & Dine Under the Stars' gala is set for this Saturday, July 19

Landmark Realty employee started pathway to success at SCC

Gala planning committee: The passion behind the party in Cashiers

Letter to the Editor: Gala will benefit Cashiers Community

Gala aims to help change lives, offer a future through scholarship funding

Letter to the Editor: In Support of 'Wine & Dine Under the Stars' gala

'Wine & Dine Under the Stars' gala to help raise scholarship funds

SCC to host 'Wine & Dine Under the Stars' gala on July 19

Faces of Cashiers:

"At SCC, you feel like you're learning something you will use. I'm always telling people how great a school it is. It equipped me with the knowledge and skills I use every day." -- Holly Evett, Imaging Department at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.

"At SCC, you feel like you're learning something you will use. I'm always telling people how great a school it is. It equipped me with the knowledge and skills I use every day."

-- Holly Evett, Imaging Department at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.

"We probably get 90 percent of our training courses from SCC. We recently had some LP gas classes that were unreal. It's training you can't get anywhere else."

--Randy Dillard,
Cashiers Glenville Fire Chief


"We live in such a rural area, so SCC and its scholarships really mean a future for a lot of people in this area."

-- Tangles co-owner Denise Broom (left), shown here with employees and SCC graduates Kendale Zachary (center) and Debbie Bradley. 

"The instructors are awesome; I hated to leave."

-- Amanda Foster, Paramedic, Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad; pictured here with fellow SCC graduate and paramedic Mark Fowler.

"I wouldn't be where I am in life without SCC. As a single mother, SCC made it possible for me to get an education without breaking the bank."

--CNA2 Melody Milner (right), Eckerd Living Center. She's pictured here with SCC graduate Tammy Oakes.

“For me, SCC means a future. It gave me the opportunity to go back to school and get a job … SCC creates great opportunities for people, no matter their situation.”

--Angela Beck, manager of The Landing restaurant at Trillium

“SCC gives people who grow up in this area an opportunity. I graduated from the secretarial services program in 1981 and went directly into paralegal. I’ve worked here 29-1/2 years. If SCC hadn’t been there, I’m not sure I could have done this. Southwestern provides people an opportunity and a future.”

--Nancy Brown (center), a paralegal at Coward, Hicks and Siler, P.A., is pictured here with co-workers and fellow SCC graduates Ashley A. Queen and Teresa Trantham.


"It wasn't like a university where no one cares about you. At SCC, they care about you. They worried if I didn't come to class. They wanted to help me be successful. Whenever I went to a school-wide meeting, they always emphasized what we could do if we needed more help."

--Kent Stewart, at right, pictured here with fellow SCC graduate Quintin Quinn. Both work at Cashiers Service Center.

“I remember how scared I was at the very beginning. I didn’t know what to expect. But the people in admissions and financial aid, and all the instructors, were wonderful. The tutors helped a lot too. ... Being that I’m an immigrant, SCC opened many doors. For me, SCC was the first step toward success in the U.S.”

--Nadya Heller, SCC graduate and administrative assistant at Landmark Realty

“SCC was life-changing for me. I was 29 and a divorced mother of two when I went back to school. ... It helped change my life and the lives of my children. My career has helped me provide for them.”

--Tracy Ferguson (center), SCC alum and stylist at Village Salon. She's pictured here with Jennifer Dillard (left) and Amber Bird.



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A Special Thanks to Our Entertainment

Pinnacle Ridge will perform their lively mix of bluegrass, country and contemporary music. Vocalist Steve Johannessen will perform Classics, the great love songs of the 30s, 40s and 50s.