Haywood Community College’s Foundation will hold a Shine & Dine Gala on Friday, September 16 from 6 until 8:30 p.m. at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. The event will feature a buffet dinner, Jazz music by Juan Benavides, student Timbersports demonstration, and a silent auction. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is the presenting sponsor.

HCC student work will be featured at the event including table centerpieces by Clay and Horticulture and a commemorative piece for attendees crafted by Computer-Integrated Machining. The silent auction will feature work by HCC alumni, students, and faculty.

Proceeds from the Gala will support the HCC Excels Fund which provides support for student and campus success. This fund enhances student experience in the classroom; a priority as the college continues to provide quality education at an affordable price.

An investment in HCC is an investment in Haywood County’s future. For every dollar spent at HCC, students can expect to earn $2.40 due to the skills learned and degrees earned at the college. Over their lifetime, community college graduates earn $250,000 more than those with only a high school diploma. At only $76 per credit in-state tuition, an education at HCC is a great investment.

The following sponsorship levels are available: Deluxe Sponsor with a $5,000 donation; President’s Circle with a $1,000 donation; HCC Shining Stars with a $500 donation; and Friends of HCC with a $250 donation. Please contact 627-4544 or pahardin@haywood.edu for details on sponsorship levels.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person and can be purchased online at hccgala.events, in the HCC Foundation Office on the college campus, or by calling 627-4522.

The Haywood Community College Foundation works to aid, strengthen, and further the work and service of Haywood Community College. It assists the College in securing financial support for scholarships, mini-grants, College events, community initiatives, and student and instructor initiatives.