SCC gala

Wendy LeMay (left) and Lambert Wilson are once again serving as co-chairs for the SCC Foundation’s gala-planning committee. This year’s Boots, Blue Jeans and Bling is scheduled for Sept. 7 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

The SCC Foundation will hold its sixth annual gala Sept. 7 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino to raise money to help students at Southwestern Community College.

This year’s event,“Boots, Blue Jeans and Bling,” aims to keep alive another trend by raising more scholarship funding than the year before. Over the past five years, the gala has raised more than $275,000 – including a record $72,000 at the 2018 event.

The SCC Foundation this year was able to award 128 scholarships worth a total of $167,000, an improvement from seven years ago, when SCC helped 32 students with a total of $33,000.

“Without the scholarship money this event has raised over the years, many of our students simply wouldn’t be where they are today,” said Vance Davidson, a member of the SCC Board of Trustees who also serves on the SCC Foundation’s gala-planning committee. “We’re hoping that this year’s Gala will take our fundraising efforts to a whole new level.”

Transitioning from the bluegrass genre of recent galas, this year’s affair will spotlight the versatile band Crocodile Smile, playing old-school throwback and Motown, country, rock and current Top 40 tunes.

Steve Johannessen, who’s performed at every gala to date, will sing classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

To select a sponsorship level, purchase tickets, sign up for the silent auction or get more information, visit www.southwesterncc.edu/gala or contact Kathryn Posey, SCC’s institutional development associate, at 339-4227 or k_posey@southwesterncc.edu.