The Niagara College Foundation’s 21st annual Seafood Gala, held April 23, at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, generated $275,000 in support of scholarships and bursaries.
Many of Niagara’s business, community and educational leaders attended the event, raising $132,000. When the provincial government’s Ontario Trust for Student Support program’s matching formula is applied, the total will increase to at least $275,000, which will be added to the College’s endowment fund for scholarships and bursaries. In the past 20 years, the College’s premier fundraising event has raised more than $1.7 million in support of students.
“The ongoing success of the Seafood Gala is a true testament to the generosity of individuals within our community in supporting Niagara College students,” said Sean Kennedy, Vice-President, Student and External Relations and CEO of the Niagara College Foundation. “Without these events, many students would be unable to pursue their educational dreams.”
The 2010 Seafood Gala Chairperson, Vittoria Wikston, led the Seafood Gala Committee in creating an atmosphere that featured a spectacular buffet, silent and live auctions and entertainment by Elton Lammie, Adam & Sam, and dancing to the music of Jonesy.
This year’s sponsors included the Fallsview Casino Resort, Casino Cares, Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd., architects Tillmann Ruth Mocellin (aTRM) and Sun Media.
Proceeds from the Seafood Gala support the scholarships and bursaries portion of the Building Futures Campaign, which is raising $16.5 million towards the College’s $90 million Master Plan with $88 million for buildings, equipment and learning resources, and $2 million for scholarships and bursaries, and applied research.
For more information, visit www.NiagaraCollege.ca/SeafoodGala.
With 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched a $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011. For more information, visit www.NiagaraCollege.ca.
For more information, contact:
Director of Development
Niagara College Foundation
905-735-2211, ext. 7864