The 10th Annual HCC Presidential Showcase welcomed 360 guests, including community leaders, HCC Foundation board directors, trustees, and HCC faculty, staff, and administrators. Held at the Tampa Marriott Hotel on April 19, 2012, the festive evening included a reception, dinner, and auction. Those present honored the first HCC Distinguished Alumna, Dottie Berger MacKinnon, and awarded the corporate Champion of Education to TECO Energy, received by John Ramil, president and CEO. In addition, three HCC Outstanding Alumni were recognized—HCC Trustee Ms. MarDee Buchman, The Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen, and Mr. Paul Davis.
HCC student volunteers from all campuses welcomed guests while they enjoyed the music of HCC’s jazz trio. Other students and faculty were highlighted with the HCC Choir, the HCC Stage Band, the HCC visual arts and photography programs and the HCC culinary program. The auction featured items including trips, sporting tickets and memorabilia, art, restaurant gift cards, and local family adventure passes.
Major sponsors included Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, Presenting; AVI-SPL, Champion; and Blackboard Student Services, Caspers Company, Cutler Associates and TECO Energy, Inc., Platinum Sponsors. The dinner program was hosted by Rick Nafe of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Tom Pepin thanked sponsors and guests for their support. Dr. Ken Atwater and Steve Cona, Alumni Leadership Board president, recognized honorees.
For several months, the HCC Foundation planned the occasion and two related events. Tampa Bay Buccaneers VP of Business Administration Brian Ford hosted the Presidential Showcase Honorary Committee at a luncheon held at One Bucs Place and provided a tour of the largest facility in the NFL.
Caspers Company CEO Blake Casper greeted generous Showcase sponsors at his Davis Islands home. Allstate Construction, Inc. sponsored this entertaining evening with menu and wine served from Mise en Place. The weather cooperated for a spectacular sunset on Tampa Bay.
The HCC Foundation raised proceeds of over $100,000 to be utilized for scholarships to make educational dreams come true for HCC students in need of financial assistance. Over the past decade, event proceeds and state match have exceeded $1M, providing access and support to many HCC students. Dr. Atwater aspires to make the college’s signature event bigger and better to draw more patrons to learn about the college and its talented students.
Article written by: GWSC Staff