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GCC kicks off scholarship campaign in Orleans with event at Medina winery

Posted 4 October 2018 at 9:07 am

Press Release, GCC

MEDINA – The Genesee Community College Foundation has kicked off its annual campaign themed Scholarships in Action to raise funds for much-needed student scholarship assistance.

In 2017, the Foundation awarded over $224,000 in scholarships, largely to students in the GCC’s four-county service area of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

GCC’s Foundation has been working with the communities it serves for decades to ensure scholarship assistance is available to help students in need. Under the leadership of Foundation President, Todd Bender, the Foundation hosted a scholarship campaign kick-off at Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn in LeRoy on Sept. 20. The program featured a moving speech by Julie Carasone of Stafford. As a cancer survivor, single parent, full-time employee with three jobs, Ms. Carasone is also a GCC Human Services student and scholarship recipient who hopes to work in the medical field in the near future.

In Orleans County, the Scholarships in Action campaign kicks off on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, 10609 Ridge Rd. in Medina. The entire community is invited to enjoy the music of The Easy Street Band and hear how scholarships have impacted students, families and communities in Orleans County. Wesley Bedford, a member of GCC Class of 2006 and a Business Banking Relationship Manager at M&T Bank, will be chairing the Orleans County Campaign Division.

The longest running scholarship fundraising effort the Foundation hosts is coming up quickly. The 2018 Encore Celebration: “Let It GLOW” on Saturday, Dec. 1 will occur in the new Richard C. Call Arena at GCC’s Batavia Campus.

To find out more about what you can do to support Foundation Scholarships, visit https://www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/donate/ or contact your nearby campaign chairperson.

Earlier this year, the GCC Foundation united its 2018 scholarship recipients and donors to celebrate their shared interest in academic success! To see the additional scholarships in action, check out GCC’s Facebook album “Discover the Stars 2018.”

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