Batavia, New York — A sell-out crowd of 320 guests enjoyed a festive night at Encore 2011 last week, Genesee Community College Foundation’s annual holiday fundraising event. Extra seating was brought into the Forum and the Stuart Steiner Theatre to accommodate the overflow audience. The December 13th celebration continued the tradition of a fun and festive evening with new and old friends coming together in the spirit of raising funds for the College’s numerous scholarship programs.
Batavia residents Jane and Rick Scott chaired Encore 2011, and were assisted by a committee of almost 20 community members.
The evening began with a gourmet reception in the Batavia Campus’ William W. Stuart Forum. Guests then proceeded to the Stuart Steiner Theatre for a holiday pops concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Soprano Jennifer Stafford and handbell ringer Diane Dick joined the BPO for an enchanting performance that wowed the crowd. The evening concluded with a delectable dessert reception in the College’s Forum.
“When all contributions are counted, they will possibly exceed more than $60,000,” said Foundation executive director Richard Ensman. “In these difficult and economically challenging times, the overwhelming turnout and contributions should be a source of pride to everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success,” he said. The Foundation would also like to thank Five Star Bank, the lead corporate benefactor, for its continued support of Encore.
The Genesee Community College Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing volunteer and philanthropic support to Genesee Community College. Formed in 1986, the Foundation has been instrumental in providing more than 3,000 scholarships over the last decade, assisting in the funding of the Conable Technology Building and the Humphrey Student Union, and the expansion of College Village, Genesee’s student residence.
Photographs of Encore 2011 can be viewed by visiting the Colleges’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GeneseeCommunityCollege.
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