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COA Foundation’s “Pork & Pearls” Event Raises $106,000

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ELIZABETH CITY — The College of The Albemarle (COA) Foundation’s “Pork & Pearls” Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast — their 7th annual fundraising event — was a huge success with proceeds of $106,000 to be added to the foundation’s general fund.

“Our first Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast was a tremendous success with more than 180 guests attending the event enjoying the warm weather and wonderful venue. With income from forty Community Partners, ticket sales, monetary donations and proceeds from the auction, 50/50 raffle and our “Kiss a Pig” event, the funds raised will allow us to financially support our COA students with scholarships. The foundation, with these funds, will also have the flexibility to support our employees, programs and college in a variety of ways,” said Lisa Johnson, COA Foundation’s Executive Director.

The event, held on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Crawfish Shack in Hertford, was the Foundation’s most successful annual fundraising event in regards to funds raised. Having some fun with community members across the college’s seven-county service area, Sally Francis Kehayes, former COA Board of Trustee and Chowan County advocate, kissed Peppa the pig at the event. Other community members who participated were Arty Tillett, Chief Academic Officer with Dare County Schools; Barry Overman, Deputy Chief of Operations, Elizabeth City Fire Department; Dwayne Stallings, former Superintendent of Perquimans County Public Schools; Josh Bass, President of the Currituck Chamber of Commerce; Gary Hobbs, Realtor with Long and Foster Realtors; and Dr. Robert Wynegar, COA President. Peppa the pig joined us from Right Way Rescue in Elizabeth City.

The COA Foundation Board of Directors and staff are already thinking about next year’s event trying to decide if another pig pickin’ and oyster roast is the way to go, or is it time to pull out the tuxedos and gowns for another black tie gala.