|RPCC Student and Staff Participants, (left to right): Jared Quigley, Dustin Jumonville, Casey Millet, Austin Vizinat, and Terry Martin, faculty member.
With the help of more than 50 area businesses the River Parishes Community College Foundation’s 2009 Golf Scramble on September 28th raised approximately $14,000 to support scholarships for the growing River Parishes Community College student population.
Frank Marino of Atmos Energy, who chaired the 2009 tournament, said that 100% of all net proceeds are given directly back to the communities around RPCC in the form of scholarships to needy and deserving students.
In addition to the 23 teams from area companies who participated in the tournament, many organizations donated greens fees, food, funds or prizes to the event. Outback Steakhouse of Gonzales generously donated steak dinners and their employees donated their time to prepare and serve the dinners. Southern University Baseball Coaches, Roger Cador and Fernando Puebla, also came out to show their support of the event. Other major sponsors included Eatel, Whitney Bank, Atmos Energy, Motiva, Cox Communications, Bunny Bread, and Sno’s Restaurant.
“The tournament was a major success,” said Mike Hubbs, who works in RPCC’s business office and coordinated the golf tournament. “The community came out and supported RPCC very well.”
This support was particularly important this year, as RPCC student enrollment has grown to more than 1800 students, many needing some form of financial assistance. This is an enrollment increase of 38% since last fall, giving RPCC the highest enrollment percentage increase of any higher education institution—public or private—in Louisiana.
RPCC student Casey Millet, who played on a student team sponsored by Eatel, said he enjoyed the tournament, but even more, it impressed him to see the huge community involvement in helping RPCC and its students.“As students, we really appreciate what the community and Foundation do for us with this tournament. We are very glad that we were asked to participate and that businesses and the community support our school. We hope that RPCC students continue to be involved with events in the future.”
Dr. Joe Ben Welch, Chancellor at RPCC, has been a part of the golf scrambles since they began 10 years ago. “The tournament gets bigger and better every year. RPCC thanks the volunteers and sponsors for our best tournament yet,” said Dr. Welch.
RPCC Foundation Board Chairman, Robert Burgess echoed the sentiment, stating, “It is gratifying to know that the funds we raised with the help of the community will directly benefit so many worthy students.”