HCC 11 21HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (11/22/19) —  Hopkinsville Community College’s Annual campaign has taken the acronym PATH with the goal of providing assistance to the college that is Passionate Aid that Tranforms Right Here.

HCC Foundation Board member Beth Mann has issued a challenge with her gift of $5,000 to the campaign, according to an HCC press release. In a recent meeting, Mann stated, “HCC definitely impacted my life. I had been first in my class and suddenly became seventh going into a new school. Christmas, my freshman year, the University of Kentucky gave me a scholarship, and education changed my life. I went to HCC for two summer semesters, and that time was transformational to my life.”

Mann has issued the challenge to others with the capacity to make large gifts to strongly consider the impact of HCC on their personal and professional lives. She explained there are many other issues faced by students at the college that are not academic, such as food insecurity, being addressed by the recently opened Pathfinder Pantry.

“We have to think beyond scholarships to challenges students face when not in the classroom or lab, and help address those needs,” she said. Mann is the owner of The Edge Media Group, which includes yoursportsedge.com, and radio stations WKDZ, WHVO, WKDZ-FM and WPKY in Cadiz, Hopkinsville and Princeton, Kentucky.

At the foundation’s recent Gala, HCC President Dr. Alissa Young asked the audience of almost 300 to stand if they had attended HCC or had someone in their family attend.

“It was overwhelming – at least 80 percent of those in attendance that night had a direct connection to this college, and we are grateful to them," Young said. "We now ask as GivingTuesday® and the end of the year approaches, that our friends in the community make gifts to the campaign. Beth’s challenge to her peers and our community is exciting, and I look forward to the response from our generous community."
 
According to HCC Institutional Advancement Officer Yvette Eastham, the 2019 HCC annual campaign to Help Clear a PATH is at 63 percent or $28,436.00 of its $45,000 goal.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity to those who gave during our BuildSmart campaign and to prior annual and end of the year appeals," she said. "Gifts like Beth’s resonate in impactful ways at in a local community college, and we can make a tangible difference in the lives of our students as we help them persevere toward their personal educational goals."
 
HCC will celebrate GivingTuesday® with a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 event at Casey Jones Distillery for donors who give a minimum of $80.76 to the campaign, college officials noted. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on Dec. 3 and every day. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
 
To give to HCC’s PATH campaign, call (270) 707-3733. Gifts may be made be made by credit card, invoice, check or payment plan. Pledge payments are due by Dec. 31.

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