Wilkesboro, N.C. – The Wilkes Community College Foundation hosted a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday, February 11, in the Lakey Ballroom at the John A. Walker Community Center. Proceeds from the event netted approximately $14,000 that will benefit the Health Sciences Center Capital Campaign.

Students took an active role in this fundraising event. The evening opened with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. WCC Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts students, under the direction of chefs Kimrey Jordan and Chuck Wallace, prepared a world-class, three-course dinner for attendees. Each guest was given a small box of chocolates, prepared by Baking & Pastry Arts students, as a thank you for their attendance. The students were Andy Barton, Moravian Falls; LeAnne Bell, Statesville; Tonda Dane, Wilkesboro; Nathan Hefner, Taylorsville; Andrew Johnson, Hiddenite; Nathan Lundy, North Wilkesboro; Marie Maltba, North Wilkesboro; Matt McLain, Taylorsville; Cara McMillan, Millers Creek; Trent Pruitt, Jefferson; Levi Reed, Jefferson; Victoria Smith, Millers Creek; Hannah Swain, West Jefferson; Brandon Thomasson, Hamptonville; Andrew Thompson, Yadkinville; Sammy Trudell, North Wilkesboro; Bridgette Warden, Yadkinville; Denise Wesley, Sparta; Charleigh Williams, Mount Airy; and Ben Shaw, Union Grove. Following dinner, guests enjoyed dancing to the live band Too Much Sylvia. The theme for the evening was Après-ski. Special events committee member Connie McNeill spearheaded the décor for the evening.

Organizers of the event included Evelyn Bumgarner, special events committee chairperson; Connie McNeill, special events committee; Lee K. Cornett, WCC Foundation; and Allison Phillips, WCC Foundation.

Sponsors for the event were Arnold and Becky Lakey; Carolina Realty of Wilkes Inc.; 6th and Main Bar, Restaurant and Catering; B & R Service Inc.; Betty’s Bakery & Uncle Bill’s Deli & Grill; Brame Huie; Branciforte’s Italian Ristorante; Bumgarner Services; Cagney’s Kitchen; Carolina West Wireless; Elsewhere on 10th; Faw Insurance; Foothills Center for Women – The Spa and Aesthetics Center; Ben and Brenda Garrett; Lee and Pam Herring; InfusionPoints; Meadows Mill Inc.; Connie and David McNeill; Mike’s Body Shop; Tom and Penny Musson; Phillips Cleaning Service; Specialty Car Company; Taupe Gallery; The Sterling Group; and Worldwide Protective Products. The coffee sponsor was Blue Ridge Mountain Coffee. A special thanks to R.H. Barringer and Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery for providing beverages for the evening.

For more information on making a donation to the WCC Foundation contact the Wilkes Community College Development Office at 336-838-6491. Contributions may be sent to WCC Foundation, P.O. Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.