Bennett College alumnae fundraiser 2018 photo

Pictured (from left) are Dr. Phyllis Dawkins, president of Bennett College, and Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson.

Members of the Western North Carolina chapter of the Bennett College Alumnae Association welcomed a special guest to a fundraising event on Oct. 19 at the Morganton Community House.

Dr. Phyllis Dawkins, president of Bennett College, visited the chapter’s annual fundraiser. Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson and Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant attended as well. The theme was “Denim and Diamonds.”

Bennett College is a private four-year historically black liberal arts college for women in Greensboro, according to its website.

“Bennett College prepares women of color through a transformative liberal arts education to lead with purpose, integrity, and a strong sense of self-worth,” the college reports on its website. “Bennett provides educational access to students while promoting inquiry, civic engagement, social justice, lifelong learning and equity for all. It is renowned for its intimate, engaging learning community that produces phenomenal women scholars and global leaders.

Following dinner and a brief program, Dawkins thanked chapter members for their hospitality and ongoing support of the college. All proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Bennett College Scholarship Fund. 

The WNC chapter includes graduates living in Burke, Buncombe, Caldwell and Catawba counties. Local resident Doris Fullwood, chapter president, shared what Bennett College means to her.

“Bennett College provided me with a quality college experience and a strong educational background , as well as a lasting sisterhood,” Fullwood said. “Our chapter provides scholarships for area young women and supports Bennett’s ongoing programs."

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