BANGOR, Maine — The Eastern Maine Community College Foundation raised $29,000 during its Annual Shindig and Scholarship Auction on Friday.
Money was raised during the event at Rangeley Hall through ticket sales and the auction of 15 items ranging from handmade maple hutches to kayaks to enchanted evenings and motorcycles rides to named scholarships. The money raised is used entirely for student scholarships.
“It is not unusual for $500 to stand between a person and his or her ability to begin college or continue going,” said Mike Ballesteros, dean of Development and Business Services. “And knowing that their own community members are investing in them sends a very powerful message to the students who receive these scholar-ships. It’s very validating and it results in an even stronger sense of purpose as they work toward their academic aspirations.”
Bree Waltman, a business management major and recipient of one of the foundation scholarships gets to the heart of the event. “That people care enough to help make my education more attainable means the world to me.”