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July 1--  Brewton-Parker College (BPC) Annual Fund Director and Interim Vice President for College Advancement Jessica James is overwhelmed and encouraged by the community’s response as she reports the final tally of monies raised during the 2011 Annual Fund Campaign.

This year, the Annual Fund Committee, along with an additional effort by an Ad Hoc Board of Trustees Fundraising Committee, raised a whopping $910,296.05 for the Annual Fund.

The nearly $1 million total is more than four times the amount normally raised and is 223 percent of this year’s $410,000 goal.

The four-month campaign culminated June 30.

There are no words to express God’s love and compassion for Brewton-Parker College! Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, and monetary gifts this year and every year,” said James. “This year’s fundraising success is due to the Trustees, our new president and our new Chairman all working together with our Committee to help Brewton-Parker College.”

The Annual Fund supports the college’s operational fund, which includes standard upgrades to college technology, maintenance of campus facilities and faculty and staff salaries, among other needs. Of every dollar needed to educate a student at Brewton-Parker, 56 percent must come from fundraising efforts like the Annual Fund.

To emphasize how much the community has stepped in to support Brewton-Parker in the last year, James compares the 2010 total gifts and pledges to 2011’s. According to her records, Brewton-Parker raised $1.061 million during Fiscal Year 2010. This amount included $592,000 in capital campaign funds for the renovation of McAllister Hall.

“In FY 2011, BPC raised $1.059 million, and we didn’t even have a capital campaign!” said James. “Of that money raised, only $13,000 is designated to last year’s capital campaign. The rest is unrestricted monies given to us by friends, alumni, businesses, foundations, Trustees, churches, the GBC and our college family.”

Former Annual Fund Director and originator of the local committee concept, Claire Johnson said this amount is something she’s never seen raised before through Annual Fund. Johnson is now retired and lives in Long Pond with her husband, former BPC Vice President for College Advancement and beloved history professor Sid Johnson.

“This is fantastic!” said Claire Johnson. “It is a reflection of how the community feels about Brewton-Parker, which is great. It shows Brewton-Parker how much they mean to the community and that they want Brewton-Parker to be a success.”

BPC Acting President Dr. Mike Simoneaux calls the success of this year’s Annual Fund Campaign a sign of greater things to come.

“The amount raised by this college is not something that happens every year, or even every ten years,” said Dr. Simoneaux. “In fact, to raise this amount in such a short period of time is almost unheard of. We are deeply appreciative of the community’s support and for stepping in to rally for the College. We believe the college is poised for its best days. We praise God for His continued hand on Brewton-Parker College.”

Jeff McCormick, headmaster of Vidalia Heritage Christian Academy, chaired this year’s Annual Fund Committee. Committee members are from Toombs, Montgomery and Treutlen counties. They included John Koon of Vidalia Communications, Wendell Dixon of Montgomery Bank & Trust, Arlene Davis of ERA, Bob Davis, Lynn Addison of BPC, Bob Sanford of BPC, Loyd Mobley of VNS Corporation, Steve Brown of Brown Insurance Group, Malinda Brown of Brown Insurance Group. Colon Sammons of Altamaha Bank & Trust and Gary Campbell of VNS Corporation and BPC Board of Trustees Chairman serve as board liaisons.

The 12-person Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee is comprised of BPC Trustee members, James, Dr. Mike Simoneaux and Mount Vernon Mayor Joey Fountain.

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