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The Embers

The Embers Help BCCC Foundation Raise Money for Scholarships

The Beaufort County Community Foundation is offering a chance for people to shag and sway for scholarships. The Embers Featuring Craig Woolard will play at the Washington Civic Center on October 25. The night of beach music and dancing also includes a silent auction. Tickets are required, and there will be no tickets sold at the door.

Patrons can enjoy dinner catered by Carry-Out by Chrislyn and a cash bar as they listen to beach music of the Embers and bid on items in the silent auction. The South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame inducted The Embers into its ranks. They have also been honored with the title of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music.

The concert and auction are one of the largest fundraisers for the foundation. It will raise funds for scholarships to help eligible students with the cost of tuition and books, as well as emergency grants. Last year, the foundation awarded a total of $150,000 to 140 students.

“Our students often come to the foundation because they are one step away from enrolling, but a financial obstacle occurs,” said Serena Sullivan, VP of institutional advancement. “One student who we funded this year did not qualify for financial aid due to her performance when she first attempted college. The mistakes of her youth were now stopping her from advancing her career. Now, decades later, she is ready to give it another shot, and we’re here to help.”

Students who do not complete college the first time may be disqualified for financial aid, no matter how much time has passed.

“She earned a 4.0 GPA during her first semester with us,” noted Sullivan.

This student created art to donate to the silent auction as a gratuity for the scholarship, despite serious health problems that are forcing her to take a semester off. Items for the auction are donated from students, employees and local businesses. Items include basketball game tickets, artwork, jewelry and gift certificates to restaurants.

Tickets are on sale now for $75. There is only a limited number remaining.

The foundation is now accepting donations for the silent auction. For tickets, contact Serena Sullivan at 252-940-6326.