press release - 9th Annual Jazz Gala March 20

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Release date 01-21-15


KVCC 9th annual Jazz Gala March 20 to feature New Orleans theme


Fairfield, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) will host its 9th annual Jazz Gala fund-raising event Friday, March 20 to benefit students.

The semi-formal event will feature a New Orleans theme this year, black tie and masquerade attire are optional. Guests will enjoy live music from the KVCC Faculty Jazz Band, Bourbon Street-inspired cuisine with a Maine flair, Maine beverages, dancing, and a wide variety of live and silent auction prizes.

The Gala will be held from 6-10 p.m. in Carter Hall at KVCC’s Fairfield Campus at 92 Western Avenue.

“It is a beautiful thing that the KVCC Foundation’s supporters are doing for students,” said Jessica Chamberlain, a second-year student in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. “This generosity inspires me to reach my goals and get to a financial place where I can help others the way they are helping me. I can’t wait to complete the PTA program so I can start helping people!”

The Gala’s success has grown over the years, with last year’s event attracting more than 200 guests from the community.

“Local residents and business leaders have been a huge part of our success in our mission to provide area citizens with an accessible and affordable quality education,” said Michelle Webb, KVCC Foundation Executive Director.

Last year also marked a change in the format of the event to spotlight local businesses, restaurants, and community partners in a fun “jazzy” atmosphere full of food and music. This year’s event will replicate a walk along Bourbon Street in the roaring 20’s.”

The more than $287,000 raised by the Gala since 2007 has benefited students at KVCC through support of scholarships and other resources which make a significant difference in the ability of students to successfully complete their programs. Thanks in part to the Gala, last year the KVCC Foundation awarded scholarships to reduce the financial burden of college enrollment for more than 210 financially needy students.

For more information on the Jazz Gala or other opportunities to support KVCC students, call Michelle Webb, KVCC Foundation Executive Director 207-453-5020 or email Reservations and sponsorships are available online


KVCC is one of seven community colleges in Maine that operate under the authority of the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees. KVCC is a public, non-profit, post-secondary institution supported in part by State legislative appropriations and federal funds.

The College offers more than 35 programs of study ranging from two-year associate degrees to certificates, as well as a comprehensive schedule of continuing education courses and business and industry outreach programs.

Established in 1991, the KVCC Foundation's mission is to provide area citizens with an accessible and affordable quality education. The KVCC Foundation Board of Trustees achieves this goal by raising funds to promote and support all educational programs; to provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities; and to ensure access through scholarship funds for needy students.

Since its inception, the KVCC Foundation has awarded over $1.2 million in student scholarships, opening the doors to education for more than 1,400 KVCC students.

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