PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s fifth annual Support Our Students beach party has been moved to the University Center because of forecast of bad weather for Friday.
The event, which will be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, has generated more than $90,000 in the past three years that has benefited 62 students through the Arrowhead Scholarship, which is a $1,887 scholarship awarded to 20 students every year.
“Since the event’s inception in 2009, over $215,000 has been raised to provide scholarship support to our students. We anticipate this year’s event will add an additional $40,000 to the tally,” said Wendy Lowery, a vice chancellor. “We are so appreciative of both our SOS sponsors and individual attendees whose support allows us to funnel more of the dollars raised directly to students in need.”
The Holiday Band will play from 7 to 8 p.m. before Lowery introduces Chancellor Robin Cummings and his wife, Rebecca, for brief remarks.
“The majority of our students receive some form of financial aid. Even though UNCP has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, many of our students would not be able to afford a university education without the generosity of our community,” Cummings said. “We want to attract the very best and brightest students and the most gifted athletes. Being able to offer generous scholarship assistance, like our sister institutions, makes UNCP competitive for all students.”
Beach-inspired food made by Chef Theo will be served after Cummings’ remarks and the band will play again from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. During the band’s break, there will be a drawing for a door prize.
The event will also feature a photo booth, prizes, coffee, dessert and a bar. Each attendee will receive a gift and can fill out a feedback card for a token gift at the information desk.
Tickets are $125 each or $200 per couple. Sponsorships and tables are available. To purchase tickets or to learn about SOS, contact UNCP’s Office of Advancement at 910-521-6252.
Friday’s forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms.
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