The Haywood Community College Foundation held its second annual Shine & Dine Gala at the Laurel Ridge Country Club on Friday, September 15, with over 225 guests in attendance. This year’s event, with Haywood Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, as presenting sponsor, raised money for equipment needs for the College’s new Public Services Training Facility. This state-of-the-art facility provides training opportunities for first responders in the county.  

The evening began with EMS demonstrations by our public services training instructors, who showed guests what it is like to train with a patient simulator. Guests also had the opportunity to view real-life emergency scenarios through virtual reality goggles, which are used by HCC fire, rescue, law enforcement and emergency medical services students.

Among those in attendance were first responders from throughout the county, many of whom are already involved or will be involved with our new facility, whether through trainings or teaching students. The Waynesville Police Department contributed to the night’s entertainment by providing demonstrations with their K-9 police dogs.

“We are very appreciative of the community’s support toward the new Public Services Training Facility,” says College President Dr. Barbara Parker. “This building is already being used to train our first responders. The money raised from this event will help purchase much-needed equipment to further enhance the learning experience for fire, rescue, law enforcement and emergency medical services employees. For that reason, I would like to thank the guests, sponsors and donors of the Shine & Dine Gala.” 

Throughout the evening guests had the opportunity to participate in a wine pull and silent auction that included gift items from the local community, as well as from faculty, current students and alumni in the Professional Crafts arena. The event ended with a live auction, which included the opportunity to give towards the purchase of turn out gear that would be used by the College fire students in their trainings. All proceeds from the gala will go toward the equipment needs of the new facility.

For more information about HCC’s Foundation, please call 828-627-4544. For more information about the College’s Public Services Training Facility, please call 828-565-4241.

Photos by Jack Snyder. Over 225 guests attended HCC’s Shine & Dine Gala this past weekend. This year’s event raised money for equipment needs for the College’s new Public Services Training Facility. Those in attendance got an up-close look at some of the training available for first responders. Hands-on demonstrations were available.