PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will host the President’s Anniversary Gala, featuring Exile, on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, in Prestonsburg.
This year, Big Sandy is celebrating three milestone anniversaries, including 75 years of service at the Mayo Technical School and 50 years at Prestonsburg Community College. The two schools merged in 2003 to form Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
“These anniversaries not only celebrate our fine institutions, but also the thousands of students who have benefited from the quality, affordable higher education we have offered throughout our service area,” said Dr. George D. Edwards, president and CEO of BSCTC. “We are celebrating our past and embracing our role in the future as a leader in education and workforce development.”
One of the students who benefited from higher education close to home was Kenny Rice, who will serve as master of ceremonies for the President’s Anniversary Gala. A Floyd County native, Rice graduated from Prestonsburg Community College in 1978 and the University of Kentucky in 1980. He’s a nationally-recognized sports broadcaster who has worked events such as the Kentucky Derby and the Olympics for NBC, ESPN and other media outlets.
Monies raised from the President’s Anniversary Gala will go towards scholarships to help make the dream of a college education a reality for deserving students. This year, BSCTC has awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate our past and look towards the future of making sure students who pursue a college education have the means to do so,” said Kelli Hall, director of advancement at BSCTC. “Scholarships are often the determining factor in whether or not a student can stay in school and achieve their dreams of a college education.”
Exile, who are also celebrating 50 years together, are no strangers to the region or BSCTC. In the 1970s, Exile entertained guests on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC as part of the Mountain Dew Festival.
“We’re thrilled that Exile will share in the celebration with us,” Dr. Edwards added. “We also want to invite our friends and supporters to share in this celebration with us, because without them, nothing that we accomplish would be possible.”
The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
For more information on the President’s Anniversary Gala or to RSVP, please contact Kelli Hall at (606) 886-7382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.