Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513

Date: 11-30-05

For immediate release

Local Couple Makes Donation to HCC Regional Model Child Development Center

Ted and Yvonne Lappas take their obligation to our community very seriously. Whether it is to volunteer at a local charity event or to serve on the board of a non-profit organization, the couple says everyone has something to contribute. And they are quick to point out how graduates of Haywood Community College contribute to the community. "This community could not exist without the benefits generated by HCC. Everyone is touched in some way by the college and its graduates. You can't go to a doctor's office or get your car fixed without running into an HCC graduate," Yvonne said. "It is an impressive college and we are proud to be associated with it." The Lappas' interest in the college was first sparked by two of their good friends and long-time benefactors of the college, Dr. John T. Beaty and his wife, Catherine. They first contributed to an HCC scholarship fund that was established in memory of Dr. Beaty.

They also have a strong interest in the welfare of children in Western North Carolina and are avid supporters of the Regional Model Child Development Center to be built on the HCC campus. The couple recently made a generous donation to the HCC Foundation's capital campaign to raise money for the building of the Center. "An investment in quality childcare today will pay off tomorrow in lower crime rates," Ted said. "Give a child a good foundation and they will have a head-start in school and ultimately in life."

HCC Interim President Dr. Donald Stanton expressed appreciation for the Lappas' gift. "Without contributions from individuals such as Mr. and Mrs. Lappas, the Center never would become a reality. We are very grateful for their generous support."

Ted Lappas supports the community in many ways. He serves on boards for REACH of Haywood County, a domestic violence agency; CCD-Center for Craft Creativity and Design, a regional craft consortium; and the Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation.

The Regional Model Child Development Center will replace the current HCC childcare center, and will have expanded care facilities for infants. The Center will also have evening hours to accommodate parents who work the second shift.

Photo attached: (Photo by Debra M. Davis)

Cutline: (Shown left to right:) Executive Director of the HCC Foundation Laura Leatherwood, Yvonne Lappas, Ted Lappas and HCC Interim President Dr. Donald Stanton and his wife Barbie. Mr. and Mrs. Lappas recently made a generous donation toward the construction of the new Regional Model Child Development Center.