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“Kiss a Pig” Faculty & Staff Foundation Fundraiser

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The College of The Albemarle (COA) Foundation welcomed Peppa the pig to the Elizabeth City Campus as part of a faculty and staff fundraiser in support of the Foundation’s General Scholarship Fund.

The Foundation’s “Kiss a Pig” event began at convocation held in August. Seven employees, Dr. Robert Wynegar, COA President; Dean Roughton, Dean, Arts and Sciences and Secondary Education; Michelle Waters, Dean, Business, Industry and Applied Technologies; Robin Harris, Dean, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs; Tim Sweeney, Dean of the Dare County Campus; Robin Zinsmeister, Dean, Workforce Development, Public Services and Career Readiness; and Lynn Hurdle-Winslow, Vice President, Student Success and Enrollment Management, all agreed to kiss a pig if they ended up with the most money in their bucket.

Faculty and staff came together today to see who was going to kiss a pig. Raising more than $915 for the Foundation’s General Scholarship Fund, the winner — or loser — depending on how you look at it, was Tim Sweeney. Being a good sport, Tim gave Peppa a big kiss on her nose!

Peppa the pig, a resident of Right Way Rescue, Inc., was ready to have some fun with everyone at the college. Right Way Rescue, located in Elizabeth City, is a 501c3 charitable barnyard animal rescue organization serving all local North Carolina counties along with Hampton Roads, Virginia.

The college will welcome Peppa the pig back at the Foundation’s “Pork & Pearls” Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast, where seven community members are ready to take their chances at kissing a pig, and raising funds for the college. Those participating in the Kiss a Pig event at Pork & Pearls on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Crawfish Shack in Hertford are Barry Overman, Deputy Chief of Operations, Elizabeth City Fire Department; Gary Hobbs, Realtor, Long and Foster Realtors; Sally Francis Kehayes, former COA Board of Trustee and Chowan County advocate; Arty Tillett, Chief Academic Officer, Dare County Schools; Josh Bass, President, Currituck County Chamber; Dwayne Stallings, former Superintendent of Perquimans County Public Schools; and Dr. Wynegar, President of COA.

Tickets are $75 per person, $125 per couple and includes whole pigs on the smoker plus roasted oysters and all the fixings by Currituck BBQ, beer and wine, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and dancing. The event will be casual dress.