The Kalamazoo Valley Foundation Board of Trustees has hosted its Opportunities for Education dinner for the last nine years and participation has steadily grown.
“We have had 2,709 attend the event in nine years and have raised more than $300,000 for student scholarships, averaging $34,778 per year,” said Steve Doherty, Executive Director for the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation.
In May, Diana Nyad, extreme swimmer, was the OFE dinner’s keynote speaker. The event netted $43,904 and a total of 398 attended. Attendance has climbed steadily since the first OFE dinner in 2005 when Ken Hitchcock, NHL Head Coach from Philadelphia, was the keynote speaker. A total of 164 people attended that event and $14,084 was raised.
Other keynote speakers have included Stryker Corporation chairman John W. Brown in 2006; WMU’s interim president Diether Haenicke in 2007; Alan C. Page, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, 2008; Governor Howard Dean, 2009; baseball legend Jim “The Rookie” Morris, 2010; celebrity chef Chef Jeff Henderson, 2011; and Dewey Bozella, who was incarcerated unjustly and exonerated, 2012.
The OFE dinner is the Foundation’s main scholarship fundraiser. It benefits Kalamazoo Valley Community College students with financial needs. “The number of financial aid applications continues to increase each year and the Foundation’s scholarship fund is one way the college works to meet student needs,” Doherty said.
Details about the 2014 Opportunities for Education Dinner will be announced this winter. For more information about the Foundation, go to www.kvcc.edu/foundation.