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A scene from the paddle auction from the 2019 gala
A scene from the paddle auction from the 2019 gala
Comcast to sponsor PCC Foundation's annual fundraising gala (Photo) - 02/10/20

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Community College Foundation has announced that Comcast is the 2020 presenting sponsor for its “An Evening for Opportunity” Gala.

It is the premier fundraising event for PCC, which is Oregon’s largest institution of higher education. This year’s gala will be held at the Portland Hilton Downtown on Saturday, April 25 and featuring “superheroes” who transform lives through education. The event will also celebrate the successful culmination of “The Campaign for Opportunity,” the Foundation’s first-ever comprehensive campaign with a goal of $30 million. 

Since its inception in 2012, the gala has raised more than $3.4 million in scholarship money for PCC students. Scholarships have helped them achieve their dreams of degree completion, gaining the skills needed to enter the region’s workforce.

“Comcast is an enthusiastic supporter of Portland Community College,” said Marion Haynes, Comcast’s vice president of external affairs. “PCC is an integral part of the fabric of our community, giving people from all walks of life a path to successful futures. We are proud to partner with PCC in its efforts to expand economic opportunities for its students.”

In 2019, the PCC Foundation has granted $2 million in scholarships to 1,500 students and plans to create a new Comcast scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year through its $50,000 support of the 2020 gala.

“We are grateful to Comcast for its gift to support PCC students,” said Ann Prater, PCC Foundation’s executive director. “This gift and others will help the Foundation reach our campaign goal of doubling the amount of scholarship dollars we award annually.”

The PCC Foundation gala continues to take sponsorships. For more information about how to become a sponsor, call (971) 722-4573, or visit pcc.edu/gala

About the PCC Foundation:

The PCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that enriches lives and strengthens the region through support of education at PCC. It’s “Campaign for Opportunity” has set out to raise $30 million to support student success by June 30. The campaign has four focus areas — scholarships, urgent need, student mentoring and workforce development. To find out more, call (971) 722-4382 or visit pcc.edu/opportunity

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses:  Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky.  Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses.  It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand.  NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services.  It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services.  Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to nearly 70,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.


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