Scholarship reception raises $445,000 for college foundation

The Harvest Moon Celebration raised a grand total of $445,000 for the SPSCC College Foundation, a 12-percent increase from last year. Although the expenses are still being totaled, the event was budgeted at $45,000.

The celebration took place on Oct. 5. Donors gave a total of $100,000 during the Fund in Need portion of the event, when they had the opportunity to donate at different levels from $100 through $10,000. The rest of the money that was raised came from sponsorships, early gifts to the event and corporate naming agreements.

“In general, Harvest Moon Celebrations in the last couple of years has really picked up,” said Katya Miltimore, college foundation development manager.

“It’s becoming a much more robust fundraising event, and we are bringing in a significant amount of funds for the college students,” she said.

The fundraiser began about 13 years ago as a gala auction, but four years ago, it was redesigned into its current format which includes the rotation of program displays.

This year, the program displays showcased the arts, automotive, computer aided drafting and building information modeling, computerized manufacturing technology, marine biology and study abroad programs.

“I think all of the numbers are very impressive, and all of the pictures and decor were beautiful, but none of that would work if we didn’t have literally hundreds of dedicated volunteers to make this event a reality,” said Miltimore.

In addition to the program’s showcase, dueling pianists Jeff Coleron and Rhiannon Kruse provided entertainment, and staff member Jessy Johnston hosted as master of ceremonies.

“Overall, the event was a success, and fundraising-wise, it was the most successful event in Harvest Moon history,” said Miltimore.

A portion of the funds raised at the event will be set aside for student scholarships, including the Harvest Moon Scholarship. This scholarship, given to about 20 students each fall, is based on financial need consideration for any certificate- or degree-seeking student with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Students may apply online at

A foundation scholarship averages $1,000. It can only be used for tuition and fees, because it is not available in a form of check or cash. If a student has received other scholarships, the foundation scholarship will be spent first for tuition.