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A check reflecting the amount of the net profit results from 2019 BHC Gala for the scholarship fundraiser.

Record-setting profit earned from sold-out 2019 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala


More than $40,000 was raised for student scholarships from the 2019 Houston Community College Black History Scholarship Gala, which was held Saturday, February 23, 2019, at the Czech Center Museum Houston in Midtown. The figure represents the largest margin of profit in the event's 13-year history.

The 2019 scholarship gala reported a gross income of $58,983 and a net profit of $40,015, according to HCC Foundation records. More than 238 people attended the gala, which was sold out five days ahead of time.

As one of Houston's premier Black History Month activities, the HCC Black History Scholarship Gala provides college scholarships for deserving African-American and students of African heritage at Houston Community College. The program - operated under the auspices of the HCC Foundation - grants between eight and ten scholarships annually. Scholarships pay for tuition and fees for most scholarship recipients for a full year. 

"We are delighted to have set a record by netting more than forty thousand dollars this year," says Michael Edwards, J.D., chair of the HCC Black History Committee. "This amount represents a tremendous synergy between asking a small group of committee members and volunteers to be extremely cost-conscious and to work very hard to maximize income potential. We also thank our sponsors for seeing the importance of making an investment in the futures of truly outstanding students."

World-class jazz guitarist Joe Carmouche was the featured entertainer. Dr. Lonnie L. Howard, President of Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, was the first recipient of the William W. Harmon, Ph.D. Distinguished Service Award. 

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. William W. Harmon, a former president of Houston Community College Central, a well-respected higher-education administrator, and the longtime chair of the HCC Black History Committee. Several current scholarship recipients also were on hand to introduce key speakers and to express their gratitude for their awards.

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A fundraising tradition

It’s a Houston fundraising tradition, and a Black History Month celebration benefitting exceptional African-American students at Houston Community College.

Since 2006, the HCC Black History Scholarship Gala has been a memorable and purposeful event in Houston. This year, the scholarship gala is evolving: It will feature both a notable speaker and a musical performance by a well-known artist to encourage greater sponsor underwriting and scholarship funding.

None of it will be possible, however, without the support from generous and visionary donors. We invite you and your business to become a sponsor of this outstanding annual fundraising event and see firsthand the impact your support has in the lives of deserving students.

Your financial contribution is tax deductible through the HCC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity since 1976. Your business and brand will be aligned to a worthy cause throughout the month of February and beyond. Best of all, you’ll provide a tuition-free, high-quality, first year of college to promising local students.

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