GGEF raises $52,380 for education

Published on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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Nancy Welch and Bob Harrison dance to the music of The Swingin' Medallions.

Amy Clifton-Keely

Nancy Welch and Bob Harrison dance to the music of The Swingin' Medallions.



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The Swingin' Medallion were a big hit at the Greater Greer Education Foundation Education Gala.

Amy Clifton-Keely

The Swingin' Medallion were a big hit at the Greater Greer Education Foundation Education Gala.



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This year's Education Gala featured a beach them.

Amy Clifton-Keely

This year's Education Gala featured a beach them.



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Julie McMakin, left, a member of the Foundation board, presented the Educator of the Year award to Wanda Fowler.

Amy Clifton-Keely

Julie McMakin, left, a member of the Foundation board, presented the Educator of the Year award to Wanda Fowler.



The Greater Greer Education Foundation raised a record $52,380.50 at its Education Gala held Sept. 20 at the Cannon Centre.

The Gala is the Foundation’s only fundraising event. 

In the past two years, the Greater Greer Education Foundation has awarded technical college scholarships to 23 local high school graduates and grants to 20 local educational programs in Greenville County and Spartanburg District 5 schools. 

Sponsors and patrons who donate to the Foundation have a direct impact on the education of the community. That impact is evident in the student who receives a scholarship donation or the teacher whose grant proposal is funded. 

“These sponsorships and donations will allow us to give more scholarships and grants next year,” Margaret Burch, chairman of the Foundation, said. “It is a wonderful thing when the community comes together to support such a worthy cause, the education of our children.”

Sponsors and in-kind donations this year:

John I. Smith Charities

BMW Manufacturing Co.

Village Hospital

Greer Memorial Hospital

Hanson Aggregates

GSP International Airport

City of Greer

Ashmore Bros., Inc.

Recover Inc.

Greenville Federal Credit Union

Leland and Margaret Burch

Patricia Z. Osbon

Office Depot

Copper River

Just For You Jewelers

C.F. Rhem Jr.

Town of Lyman

Nancy Welch

Dimitri’s Restaurant

Sushi with Gusto

Fatz Café

Ellen’s Delicatessen

Walnut Lane Inn

Chick-fil-A

McDonald’s

The Chubby Cupcake

Perk’s Café and Catering

El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant

Sysco Foods

Southwest Airlines

Disney World

Jerry Bruce

Michelin

Beach Bob Radio Show

Patty Cornelius

Delightful Dishes

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP-Ron Fields CPA

Dogwood Cafe

Tom Freeland

Girlie Girl Gifts

Clint Greene Jr.

Greer Middle College

Holmes Catering

Leadership Greer

Millstreet Florist

Mark Owens

Louise Rogers

Wham Auctions

Greer Country Club

Carolina Country Club

River Falls

Links O’Tryon

Willow Creek

Rose Marie Jordan

Travis Olmert

Gala patron sponsors:

Rep. Rita and Mr. Ron Allison

BB&T

Karl Beason and Vernon Gooch

Jimmy Benson

Century 3 Inc.

Citizens Building & Loan

D&D Motors

Dick Brooks Honda

Susan and Frank Dillard

Larry and Kim Estridge

Carolyn and Tom Freeland

Greer State Bank

Greenville Tech

Joe and Alinda Mahaffey

McMakin Farms

Jim McMillan

Nick and Missy Nicholson

Sims and Karr

Stringer Resource Group

Jan Walker Prudential Team

Nancy Welch and Bob Harrison

Wood Mortuary

Amy Clifton-Keely

The Swingin’ Medallions played several sets during the evening, which also included a Diamond Dig and a live auction and silent art auction.

The Foundation honored Greer High School educator Chris Elliott posthumously and named Wanda Fowler of School District 5 Educator of the Year.




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