Community supports students and 10/1 Memorial fundraising by contributing more than $188,000.
ROSEBURG, Oregon – The Umpqua Community College (UCC) Foundation held its 4th annual Legacy Ball on Friday, Nov. 1, at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville. This year’s theme for the black-tie gala was Embracing the Seasons of Education. In addition to raising much-needed funds for students, the event officially kicked off fundraising efforts for a 10/1 Memorial.
Nearly 500 guests enjoyed an evening of food, entertainment, and dancing. Thanks to generous sponsors and community members, the event raised $188,575. The majority of the proceeds will benefit UCC students through scholarships and program support.
“This event has become the UCC Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser,” Tiffany Coleman, the Executive Director of the UCC Foundation, said. “Over the past four years, nearly $700,000 has been raised to help UCC students achieve the academic goals that will ultimately transform their lives.”
During this year’s special appeal, attendees were asked to help support a project that has the potential to affect our entire community. As the College begins its journey toward marking the 5th anniversary of the tragic events that took place at UCC on Oct. 1, 2015, the College is ready to begin construction on a 10/1 Memorial. The memorial will be located on the UCC campus. A site, chosen for the beauty of its view, has been identified overlooking the North Umpqua River. The space isn’t considered a usable area for the campus, but it is a perfect, secluded place for people to visit, reflect, remember, and listen to the sounds of the river. At the end of the night, $55,750 was raised in support of a $100,000 goal.
A rendering of the 10/1 Memorial (image right), which was unveiled at the event, features nine illuminated globes that will be constructed from the hearts that were cut from the metal state of Oregon displays following the events of 10/1. Two local companies have already contributed to the project through in-kind donations. The remainder of the funds needed to complete the memorial will be generated through additional fundraising. Contributions of any amount can be made online: 10/1 Memorial.
About Umpqua Community College Foundation
The UCC Foundation was established in 1970 to further Umpqua Community College’s mission through the strength and generosity of volunteers and donors. The UCC Foundation provides, on average, $450,000 in scholarships to UCC students each year, in addition to providing support for capital building and academic programs.
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Director of Operations, UCC Foundation