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Gala Scholarship Auction Raises Record $150,933

The 2009 Gala Scholarship Auction raised a record $150,933 for the scholarship program at West Kentucky Community amp; Technical College on September 29, 2009.

More than 350 guests attended the event held at Harrah's Hotel and Conference Center in Metropolis, IL. The most significant donations of the evening included two $30,000 donations for endowment funding. (Facebook fans check out photographs from the event on the West Kentucky Community and Technical College facebook page.)

Paducah residents Jim and Karen Marvin donated $30,000 to their existing scholarship endowment. The Marvin Family Endowment funds scholarships for University of Kentucky College of Engineering students from Graves and McCracken counties enrolled at WKCTC.

The Marvins were pleased to provide additional funding for this important endowment. It gives Karen and me great pleasure to assist students who otherwise might not be able to attend college, said Mr. Marvin. The Marvins will receive $7,500 in matching funds toward their endowment from an anonymous friend of the college.

Dr. Wally and Mrs. Gerry Montgomery also made a $30,000 contribution during the Gala Scholarship Auction. This contribution will be used to fund a new endowment for students in the colleges allied health programs. The Montgomerys view these academic programs as essential to our communitys health and well being.

Dr. Montgomery, a member of the Paducah Junior College, Inc. Board of Trustees and a retired surgeon, was instrumental in establishing the surgical technology program at the college. We have been very blessed by this community and wanted to give something back, said Mrs. Montgomery. The Montgomerys will also receive $7,500 in matching funds toward their endowment from an anonymous friend of the college.

The evening was so inspirational and moving, said WKCTC Barbara Veazey. The college has so many dedicated patrons, like the Marvins and the Montgomerys, who support the auction regardless of current economic circumstances. It is truly remarkable.

The gala was organized by Paducah Junior College, Inc., the foundation of WKCTC. The live auction was conducted by local businessmen John D. Williams and Louis Michelson. BBQ Champion Dale Perry along with Chris Black and Larry Stovesand assisted as audience spotters. New to the auction was the addition of the Get Together Gals: Robyn Shapiro, Laura K and Mary Thorsby. The fabulous gals worked the crowd to increase bids and add some fun.