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Winchester puts on the glitz

Puttin' on the GlitzEvent helps local community college
By Rachel Parsons
Courtesy of The Winchester Sun

It was a night of big city glitz and glamour for Winchester at Puttin on the Glitz, the second annual fundraiser to support the new Bluegrass Community and Technical College Winchester campus.

The proceeds will go to pay for unanticipated expenses as the college begins classes in the new building, said event coordinator JoEllen Reed.

The event was held on the grounds of the new campus and featured live music by local talent. Lexington-based band My Blue Heart began the evening, and Winchester duo Lauren Mink and John Curtis also performed.

Guests mingled underneath a tent set up in the college's parking lot and had to opportunity to participate in both live and silent auctions. Items available included artwork, restaurant gift certificates, sports memorabilia and the live auction even included a used truck.

College president and CEO Augusta Julian said she was pleased with the community's response to the event and the overall support that the college has received.

This is an incredibly wonderful college-community partnership. We're thrilled that people would come out and support the college, said Julian.

It was a sentiment echoed by most in attendance. Mayor Ed Burtner said he was pleased by the number of people that showed up for the event and the way the event has grown just since last year.

The turnout, I believe, is higher than last year. Its an indication the community really supports BCTC. It's a great evening, Burtner said.

Dr. John Roche, master of ceremonies, said he was excited about the opportunities the campus will provide for Clark County high school students looking to further their education.

It gives the kids at (George Rogers Clark High School) the opportunity to contemplate an education, Roche said, adding that not all Clark County students can leave the immediate area to attend a traditional four-year university.

The night's program also featured comments from a current BCTC student, Lori Morrison, who is working on an associates degree in business.

What you (the students) think really matters. The instructors know your name, said Morrison, who also pointed out the importance of having a campus available so close to home, especially for non-traditional students.

"If it weren't for the campus locally there's no way in the world I could do it."

Thanks to corporate sponsorships, ticket sales and auction proceeds, over $44,000 was raised for the college.

It was an enjoyable event with extremely positive results for the college, said Reed, who also noted the outstanding generosity of Winchester and neighboring communities.

We're already looking forward to Glitz number three.

Copyright:The Winchester Sun 2008

Photo: Bluegrass Community and Technical College President and CEO Augusta Julian thanked Puttin on the Glitz attendees Friday night for their support of the new Winchester campus.