hcc 02 300HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (12/6/19) — More than a year ago, Hopkinsville Community College Chief Advancement Officer Yvette Eastham booked a GivingTuesday event at Casey Jones Distillery, planning to celebrate the 2019 date, HCC reported.

GivingTuesday, an international philanthropic movement, is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Eastham wanted to leverage the increased awareness of the Giving Tuesday movement locally and raise additional funds to support a variety of programs at the college.

“While we continue to grow our scholarship funds, we increasingly see non-academic barriers to post-secondary education hindering students from completing a credential or degree. We have students who are hungry, who are homeless, with a variety of struggles to overcome trying to make their lives better, and we wanted to step up our efforts to address those challenges,” Eastham said.

Working with the HCC Foundation Board of Directors, HCC President Dr. Alissa Young and Eastham, along with leadership from board members Beth A. Mann and Betsy Shelton, set a goal of $45,000 for the 2019 PATH (Passionate Aid that Transforms right Here) Annual Campaign. According to the college, that goal has been exceeded, with roughly $48,000 in gifts to date for the initiative.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our donors and the passion of our Foundation and College Boards. In fact, all of those serving on both boards made significant gifts to this campaign. On the heels of our successful BuildSmart capital campaign and two fall fundraisers, this is such an awesome accomplishment,” Young stated. According to the college, gifts to the campaign include additions to scholarship funds, monies for Pathfinder Pantry and support for the Goode Family Student Emergency Fund.

“Though Giving Tuesday has passed, we continue to receive donations, and no gift is too small. Giving locally to the college helps local students, and our donors know that their gifts go to work here at home to improve the lives of our students and in turn improve our communities,” Young concluded.

Eastham shared, “There is a Chinese proverb that says, ‘If your plan is for one year, plant rice; if your plan is for ten years, plant trees; if your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.’ We would alter the proverb slightly to say that investing in education always produces a dividend and a legacy that is nearly impossible to measure in the short or long term.”

In 2018, the college renamed the auditorium on campus for HCC’s first president. Dr. Thomas L. Riley. Now known as Riley Lecture Hall, the naming coincided with 2018’s Giving Tuesday and celebrated gifts from Hopkinsville Rotary to the college.

Gifts can be made by calling the college advancement office at (270) 707-3733. Donations made by December 31 are eligible for deduction consideration as allowed by IRS regulations.

SurfKY News

Information provided by Rena Young

sitelogosm© Copyright 2008 - 2020 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.


Mostly Cloudy


Christian, KY

Mostly Cloudy

Humidity: 66%

Wind: 4.35 m/h

  • 08 Apr 2020

    Thunderstorms 81°F 67°F

  • 09 Apr 2020

    Thunderstorms 67°F 49°F

Weather brought to you by

Market Report brought to you by


Market Report