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SCC’s ninth annual Gala set for Sept. 23 at Harrah’s

Since holding its first fundraising gala in 2015, the Southwestern Community College Foundation has raised $676,000 to support student scholarships.

SCC is looking to help even more students this year when it holds “Boots, Blue Jeans & Bling” on Sept. 23 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. It’s the eighth straight year the college’s largest fundraiser has been hosted at Harrah’s.

“Thanks to the generosity of our friends in the community – and at Harrah’s – we have built some amazing momentum in our fundraising efforts,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC’s President. “We are excited to see what we can accomplish this year on behalf of our students.”

This year’s gala will be held in the Events Center at Harrah’s. Asheville-based band Crocodile Smile will perform, and guests will enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by Harrah’s chefs. 

Other activities include a silent auction, wine pull, corn hole, photo booth and dancing. A unique cocktail will also be curated especially for the evening.

Individual tickets cost $150, and table sponsorships range from $1,500 to $5,000. Contributing sponsorship opportunities are also available. 

“My favorite moment every year at the gala is when our students stand up on the main stage and share a little bit about their journey and about how Southwestern had helped to change the trajectory of their lives,” said Wendy LeMay, who serves as Co-Chair of SCC’s Gala Planning Committee. “Our students are the reason we hold this event every year.”

For more information and to purchase tickets or table sponsorships, visit or contact Kathy Posey at 828.339.4227 or

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