100 Years, 100 Stories
Video: A celebration 100 years in the making – the Metropolitan Community College Centennial Celebration – occurred on Saturday, April 18 and set new records for the college in attendance and fundraising. Nearly 800 guests gathered inside the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center and enjoyed an evening filled with excitement and gratitude for a college that has served the community for ten decades.
Through event sponsorships and individual donations, the MCC Foundation raised more than $413,000 in support of the “100 for 100” scholarship initiative. In honor of MCC’s 100th anniversary during 2015, the “100 for 100” effort is aimed at bringing the gift of an MCC education to 100 more students in our community. The money raised through “100 for 100” will underwrite 100 associate degrees and make the dream of a college education a reality for more students. Centennial Celebration Planning Committee Co-Chairs and MCC Foundation Board Directors Jason Dalen and CiCi Rojas led a planning committee of more than 40 community members and college employees that developed and executed all aspects of the evening from fundraising to programming. The event was a success due to their hard work and dedication.
Chancellor Mark James recognized the work of the planning committee and the ongoing leadership of the Board of Trustees during his program remarks. He also announced the launch of a fundraising campaign titled “MCC Works” and thanked donors for lead gifts to the campaign. Chancellor James stressed that MCC’s three main funding sources — tuition, state appropriations and local property tax – are no longer enough to develop and grow the programs necessary to educate and train students for 21st century jobs and careers. He added, “To have the ability to evolve, expand, and keep current with technology, we need support from the community. We need the community to invest in its community college – MCC. We can’t reach our ultimate potential without your help….without private support of the college.” More information about the MCC Works campaign can be found at www.mccworks.com.
The event was designed to tell MCC’s story and recognize its impact on the Greater Kansas City community. The storytelling was led by the event emcees, who are also MCC alumni: KCTV5 reporter and weekend news anchor, Bonyen Lee, and Truman Medical Centers president and CEO, Charlie Shields. The evening also highlighted the legacy of one of the college’s most accomplished alumni,. Ewing Kauffman. “Mr. K” earned an associate degree from MCC in 1936, which was his only college experience. Kauffman went on to transform the community like few have done before or since. The newly-named MCC Skyward Award was given to Ewing Kauffman’s daughter, Julia Irene Kauffman, in his honor for significant accomplishments and contributions in education, entrepreneurship and the arts.
Thank you to all who supported the Metropolitan Community College Centennial Celebration!