Haywood Community College Foundation’s recent Shine & Dine campaign raised over $54,000 for the College’s Public Services Training Facility. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for the center. This state-of-the-art facility provides training opportunities for first responders in the county.

The culmination of the campaign was the Shine & Dine Gala which brought in $40,000. Held at the Laurel Ridge Country Club, over 225 guests were in attendance. Haywood Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, was the presenting sponsor.   

Throughout the evening guests had the opportunity to participate in a wine pull and silent auction that included donations from the local community, as well as from faculty and alumni. The event ended with a live auction.

In addition to the gala, the Foundation raffled a Field & Stream gift card which added $1,700 to the campaign. Through a direct mail campaign, an additional $11,825 was raised. The last promotion was an Ammons Drive-Inn hot dog fund raiser which added an additional $546 to the effort.

Haywood Community College and the HCC Foundation would like to thank everyone for their support of this campaign. The Public Services Training Facility is already being used to train our first responders. The money raised from this campaign will help purchase much-needed equipment to further enhance the learning experience for fire, rescue, law enforcement and emergency medical services employees. 

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.


Photo by Lori Johnson. Pictured are guests at HCC’s recent Shine & Dine Gala. This year’s campaign raised over $54,000 for equipment needs for the College’s Public Services Training Facility.