The Lane Foundation raised $134,133 at its Oct. 30 Harvest Dinner in the Center for Meeting and Learning.
Added to the $162,513 raised from sponsors prior to the event, the Lane Foundation has earned $296,646 to fund scholarships and school programs.
During the 2011-12 school year, the Lane Foundation awarded $705,228 in scholarships. In 2010, 529 students received a total of $690,337. In 2009, the foundation endowed $648,994 to 552 students.
The largest scholarship a student can receive is $5,000.
“You have a 50 percent chance of receiving a scholarship. All you have to do is apply,” retired Lane Foundation Director Janet Anderson said last year.
Guests were also given the opportunity to bid on gift packages, which included a dinner with the college president, sunset wine cruise, or seven-day Caribbean cruise for two.
“At the Harvest Dinner, $74,053 was awarded for scholarships alone from the Gifts of the Heart auction this year, meaning they didn’t buy anything. They just gave $74,053 specifically for scholarships,” Lane Foundation Development Director Tiana Marrone-Creech said.
During last year’s Harvest Dinner, the Lane Foundation received approximately $48,000 in donations for scholarships alone. Those numbers do not include donations given for unspecified reasons.
Lease Crutcher Lewis has held strong as the Foundation’s title sponsor for three years in a row now,” said Marrone-Creech. “That’s big.”
Some of the other contributors this year included the Papé Group, SELCO Community Credit Union and Bi-Mart.