BPC kicks off 2010 Annual Fund Campaign
|Colon Sammons, president of Altamaha Bank and Trust, presents BPC Annual Fund and Grants Director Jessica James and BPC Annual Fund Chairman Wendell Dixon with a $5,000 contribution to the 2010 Annual Fund at Brewton-Parker College. Sammons presented the check during the kickoff breakfast Feb. 11 at Meadows Wellness Center in Vidalia.
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College kicked off its Annual Fund Campaign Thursday, Feb. 11 with a working breakfast meeting among its Annual Fund Committee members at Meadows Wellness Center in Vidalia.
This year’s goal is $220,000, and Jessica James, director of Annual Fund and grants at BPC, hopes to repeat last year’s tally. Last year, the committee surpassed the $175,000 goal and raised $270,000 under the leadership of Wendell Dixon, committee chair and president of Darby Bank of Vidalia.
|Jessica James, center, director of Annual Fund and grants at BPC, leads a discussion at the 2010 Annual Fund Kickoff Breakfast Feb. 11. From left are several committee members: Colon Sammons, Wendell Dixon, Loyd Mobley, James, BJ Davis and John Koon. (Photos by Kelley M. Arnold)
Dr. David R. Smith, BPC President, stated that this year has been “one of the toughest years Brewton-Parker has ever faced” and asks committee members to reflect on how Brewton-Parker contributes to the community and the world at large. Monies raised for the Annual Fund each year give Brewton-Parker the opportunity to improve the academic experience for students.
Dixon was one of those students. He earned his associate degree at BPC.
“Brewton-Parker has a lot of good memories for me,” said Dixon. “It holds a special place in my heart. I see a lot of friends in Montgomery and Toombs counties from my time at Brewton-Parker. It’s a good institution and is something we need in this community.”
According to Dr. Smith, the most recent economic impact study from Kennesaw State University reports that Brewton-Parker College makes a $39 million per year economic impact on Toombs-Montgomery.
“Unlike STC or Georgia Southern, we are the only institution in the region where parents make their money in other areas and then send their students to our area to spend their money. This benefits our community by millions of dollars. It is our desire to continue to be a part of this community, and we appreciate (the community’s) support of the college.”
James points to the outpouring of support from the committees, both past and present.
“Our committee is our voice of true philanthropy at BPC,” said James. “To my committee, we are so grateful for all of our committee’s support each and every year. Our Lord continues to bless Brewton-Parker College in so many ways, especially with our many friends and volunteers within our community. We look forward to seeing what exciting things happen for us this year as we strive to meet our $220,000 goal.”
Members of Annual Fund include the following community members: Dixon, BJ Davis, Bob Davis, Claire Johnson, John Koon, Loyd Mobley, Kendall Palmer and Colon Sammons.
For more information on how to make a contribution to the 2010 Annual Fund at Brewton-Parker College, contact a committee member or the Office of College Advancement, 912-583-3255.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia.