January 9 2020
Sweetwater Junction to Highlight ABAC Scholarship Fundraiser Feb. 29
food, fantastic entertainment, and a chance to assist students in securing the
education of a lifetime will be the key ingredients at An Evening for ABAC scholarship
fundraiser on Feb. 29.
Sponsored by the Abraham
Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation, Inc., the event includes a cocktail
reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, and superb entertainment from
Sweetwater Junction, a group with a repertoire that covers classic rock, rhythm
and blues, country, and favorite hits from the past five decades.
Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at
the Tifton Campus Conference Center, An Evening for ABAC grows the ABAC student
scholarship fund each year so that freshmen can wrap themselves in the ABAC
experience when they enroll in the 2020 fall semester.
Now a fully credentialed
four-year college, ABAC always attracts alumni to the event who remember when
the college was a two-year college from 1933 to 2008.
“An Evening for ABAC in 2019 was one of the most successful
in the 48 years the ABAC Foundation has sponsored the event,” ABAC Vice
President for External Affairs and Advancement Paul Williams said. “We
had around 500 alumni and supporters who helped us raise over $104,000 for
student scholarships. That means 41
students got a scholarship to ABAC because of this event.”
Connection Director Wayne Jones, who helps to coordinate the event for the ABAC
Foundation, said the all-time record for An Evening for ABAC took place in 2018
when the event raised $106,144 which resulted in 42 ABAC student
Community support has been ongoing since 1972 when the ABAC
Foundation sponsored a fundraiser featuring Anita Bryant to complete the
funding for the Chapel of All Faiths. The banquet attracted 426 patrons
and netted $22,612. In 1973, Eddie Arnold came to town for another ABAC
Foundation-sponsored event, and the legendary program called Dollars for
Scholars was born.
Scholars became the social event of the year in Tift County with entertainers
such as Ray Stevens, Louise Mandrell, Debbie Reynolds, Kathy Mattea, Marie
Osmond, Helen Reddy, Lee Greenwood, Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan, and the
attracted the largest crowd for Dollars for Scholars in 2006 when over 1,800
patrons attended her show. The
ABAC Foundation changed the name of the event to An Evening for ABAC in 2008
and focused its efforts entirely on raising funds for scholarships.
Jodie Snow, Class
of 2000 at ABAC and now the ABAC Foundation’s chief operating officer, knows
how vital that scholarship support is to the students.
“The debt assumed
by many students is staggering,” Snow said. “If ABAC students are to leave
school with a minimum debt load, most will require financial assistance. The
advancement office and the Foundation are crucial to maintaining affordability
for an ABAC student’s education and allowing them to graduate with minimum
Tickets for An
Evening for ABAC are $125 for singles, $225 for couples, and $1,500 for a
reserved table which seats eight persons. A portion of the ticket price
is tax deductible. For tickets, interested persons can visit www.abac.edu/aneveningforabac
or call (229) 391-4895.
Officer Ric Stewart said sponsors are vital to the success of An Evening for
ABAC. Sponsorship levels include ABAC
1908 Circle for $15,000 which sponsors six scholarships, Presidential for
$10,000 which sponsors four scholarships, Titanium for $7,500 which sponsors
three scholarships, Platinum for $5,000 which sponsors two scholarships, and
Gold for $2,500 which sponsors one scholarship.
Details on sponsorships are available from Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (229) 391-5234.
Tift Regional Medical Center, Colquitt Regional Medical
Center, and Ashley and Dean Copelan are already on board for ABAC 1908 Circle
sponsorships. Platinum sponsors include
Sodexo, Georgia Farm Bureau, Allstate Construction, Needmore Properties, and
Gold sponsors include AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Mr. and Mrs.
James Lee Adams, South Georgia Banking Company, Robert McLendon Farms, Ardry
Trading Company, Dr. Joseph J. Day, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine, Checkers and Captain D’s, Melvin and Anita Merrill, Georgia Power,
McLendon Acres, Premium Peanut, and Vivien and Austin Scott.