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Dahlia Ridge Trail Run 5k 2024

The Dahlia Ridge Trail Run 5k is an all-age walk/run along the paths and through the woods of Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC, while enjoying the wildlife and gardens on September 14, 2024.

Dahlia Ridge Trail Run 5k is a timed run/walk for each participant and is open to all levels of runners and walkers in three categories – Runners, Walkers, and Runners/Walkers with dogs (well behaved dogs who have current vaccinations and tags are welcome). All participants will meet at the Hemlock Building parking lot on Haywood Community College's campus.

Online Registration opens June 7, 2024 and closes Thursday, September 12, 2024.

$40 All ages. *Shirts are guaranteed with registration before August 30th.

Event Day Registration in person only, $50 All ages (Race shirts may be available if supplies last - no guaranteed sizes).

Race shirts can be bought day of for $25.

Pet Registration - $10. All pets must be registered prior or day of event. Well behaved dogs who have current vaccinations and tags are welcome. Please clean up after your pet on the trail.

Go Green – bring your own reusable bottle. Water station (at half way point) will have paper cups.

Post-race party includes live music, food and drinks from local food trucks (food and beverages are additional purchases).

All proceeds from the Dahlia Ridge Run 5k will benefit student tools and technology needs.

This event is rain or shine; however Haywood Community College reserves the right to cancel in the event of inclement weather. We apologize, due to the terrain this event cannot accommodate strollers.

Questions? Contact Hylah Birenbaum, Foundation Director, 828-627-4544 or

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The Haywood Community College Foundation creates relationships that empower people through education.

It also provides funds and fosters relationships to support students, faculty, programs, and capital improvements. 

For more than 50 years, Haywood Community College has provided our community with accessible, affordable and high-quality education, as well as workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities. The Haywood Community College Foundation is where opportunity, hard work and generosity intersect to educate our community. With over $14 million in assets, the HCC Foundation operates from a position of strength. We need your help to continue our strong foundation.  

About Us 

Created in 1975, under the North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation Act, Haywood Community College Foundation creates relationships that empower people through education. It assists the college to secure the necessary and timely financial support unavailable through its traditional public funding source. 

In order to fulfill its mission, the HCC Foundation provides funds and fosters relationships to support students, faculty, programs, and capital improvements. The HCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization through which tax-deductible gifts may be made to benefit HCC. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as provided by state and federal laws. 

Every gift to the Foundation, no matter how large or small, is gratefully accepted and deeply appreciated, because each gift represents the donor’s expressed goodwill toward the college. Gifts are used in many ways including the following: 

  • Scholarships 
  • Student Ambassadors 
  • Student emergency needs 
  • Student experiential learning opportunities 
  • Student transportation 
  • Mini-grants for student impact, staff & faculty 
  • Staff and faculty professional development 
  • College events and marketing development 
  • Technology enhancements 
  • And many more… 

Giving to the Foundation is an investment that contributes to the success of students. For additional information about making a gift to HCC Foundation, contact Hylah Birenbaum at the HCC Foundation, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721; telephone (828) 627-4544 or

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Donate Now 

To donate, click on the "Donate to the HCC Foundation" button below. You will be taken away from Haywood Community College's website to Official Payments' website. You will be asked for contact, payment information, and make sure to complete the designation information for donation. 

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Thank You! 

Haywood Community College welcomes your generous gift to help support our students with scholarships, field trips, events, experiential learning, and other needs. Your gift is tax-deductible and will be acknowledged with a letter from the HCC Foundation. Please contact Hylah Birenbaum at (828) 627-4544 or with any questions. 

Board of Directors

The HCC Foundation receives oversight from the established Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on our board, please reach out to Hylah Birenbaum at (828) 627-4544 or We are so thankful for our Board and the direction they provide to the college to serve the needs of our students to better the community where we live and work.

Mr. Jon Overbay, Chair
Mr. Jack Bishop, III Vice-Chair
Mr. Chris Brown
Dr. Ed Brown, III
Ms. Margot Dale
Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson
Ms. Marion Hamel
Mr. Charles Henson (Emeritus)
Mr. Doug Hillman
Dr. Lucina Lampila
Ms. Angie Guy Leatherwood
Mr. Scott McLeod
Mr. Torry Pinter, II
Dr. Joseph Ramellini
Ms. Amy Boyd Sugg
Ms. Laura Tragesser
Mr. Tyler Trantham
Mr. Paul Turner
Ms. Danya Vanhook
Dr. Myra Watson
Mr. Dennis Weber
Ms. Celesa Willett
Mr. Matthew Williamson

Ex-Officio Members:
Dr. Shelley White, President
Hylah Birenbaum, Foundation Executive Director
Ms. Karen Denney, VP of Operations

Student Impact

Becoming a registered nurse is my biggest goal and I will do anything in my power to achieve it. I highly appreciate the honor of being selected to this scholarship and it will be used toward a great cause. 

Deleah Shepherd - Eugenia Scroggs Clark Endowed Scholarship
Nursing has been my dream for many years but I have just had so many obstacles in life hold me back. Now that I have put that dream in motion, I am determined to fight hard to make it through...I vow to strive to do my best and show honor to this scholarship.
Krista - Vesta Hrnciar Scholarship
I sincerely thank you for choosing me to receive this scholarship and for the opportunity to further my education with much less financial burden. I genuinely love Haywood Community College.

Arthur- Gerald‘s Fund Scholarship
"There were times when my dream of pursuing a higher education seemed impossible, but the financial assistance you have provided me has helped tremendously and I can follow my dream and graduate with an Associate's Degree in 2024. 
Ashley - Pop & Marj Kelly Scholarship
I am currently returning to Haywood Community College to finish an Associate of Information Technology degree...This scholarship, in addition to my determination, will make my future dreams one step closer to becoming a reality.

Chris - Al Manning Memorial Scholarship
I am majoring in Nursing with the goal of working in Hospice. There were times when my dream of pursuing a higher education seemed impossible, but the financial assistance you have provided me has helped me tremendously and kept me going.

Mary Kate - Betty Jo Nichols Memorial Endowed Scholarship




Hylah Birenbaum

If you're interested in learning more about what the Foundation does to support HCC's students and employees, take a quick listen to our Bobcat Chat featuring the Foundation Director, Hylah Birenbaum. 

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