The Because of You Campaign continues to exceed expectations raising a record amount of scholarship money for students during the third annual fundraising event held last week.
The campaign raised more than $210,000 during the week of Sept. 23-30 to fund scholarships for students through the Northeast State Foundation. The amount exceeded the campaign’s goal of $200,000 and doubled funds raised during the 2012 campaign. Thanks to the Because of You Campaign the participation rate of faculty and staff giving to the Foundation reached 70 percent this year.
“We exceeded our goal due to the amazing people of Northeast State and their desire to help students,” said Dr. Heather Cook, executive director of the Northeast State Foundation. “It is an honor to work with faculty and staff that enjoy giving back to an institution that has done so much for them.”
Cook announced campaign results at a celebration event on Sept. 30 at the Northeast State Auditorium. The campaign’s top individual donor was Erika Adams, director of College Access Programs.
Northeast State Foundation’s Because of You Campaign was created by Cook in 2011 to raise money for student scholarships. The Because of You Campaign hosts a weeklong series of events sponsored by departments from across the College. This year’s headlining events included the popular GLOW Run, the Northeast State’s Got Talent Show, the Vehicle Bash, and the Chili Cook-off.
Northeast State Alumni Affairs ranked #1 among individual departments collecting $38,000 during the week. College Access Programs finished second place with $34,439 raised and the Student Needs notched third place with $22,762.
“Students, faculty, and staff you did an outstanding job,” said Lee Shillito, chair of the Northeast State Foundation’s board of directors. “I am really proud of every one of you.”
Students Needs also won the campaign’s Spirit Award for best department spirit and dedication to the campaign. Cook presented Foundation board member Carol Ferguson with the Model Mentor Award for her work with Student Needs.
Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey also attended Monday’s celebration to praise the College and note that Sullivan County contributed $200,000 annually to Northeast State toward student scholarships via the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program. The county’s contribution extends the total scholarship funding to $410,799.
“Sullivan County considers Northeast State to be our diamond in our county,” said Godsey.
Other first-place awards were presented to TRiO Club for the Field Day and Door Decorating events, Veterans Affairs Office for the Best Facebook Photo, College Access Programs for the Photo Scavenger Hunt, and the Honors Program for the First to $500 Award.
“This is so humbling,” said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam, “to be part of such a wonderful group of people dedicated to helping students.”