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20th Annual Silas Craft Collegians Dinner Raises $37,000 for Student Scholarships

Students attending the 2019 Silas Craft Collegians dinner.

Columbia, MD – On March 11, 2019, hundreds gathered at Hunan Manor Restaurant to enjoy a gourmet buffet and to mark the 20th year of the Silas Craft Collegians Dinner. Once again, the restaurant closed its doors to help the Howard Community College Educational Foundation raise funds for the Silas Craft Collegians Endowment and program. With their attendance, community members, elected officials, and Howard Community College faculty and staff raised over $37,000 for the college’s Silas Craft Collegians program.

“Without the kindness and generosity of our program donors, none of our work would be possible,” said Jarrell Anderson, director of the Silas Craft Collegians program. “The Silas Craft Collegians programming staff, faculty, and students thank each donor for their kind contributions as they are an invaluable partner in each student’s success.”

The program offers students personalized attention and mentoring through a supportive academic cohort that promotes scholastic achievement, graduation, and transfers to four-year institutions. Since its inception, the Silas Craft Collegians Dinner at Hunan Manor Restaurant has raised more than $450,000.

HCC President Kate Hetherington, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, and County Council Chair Christiana Mercer Rigby delivered motivational remarks to the Collegians, their families and event attendees. Mrs. Dorothye Craft, the 96-year-old widow of Howard County educator and civil rights leader Silas Craft, also attended the event, as she has every year since it began in 2000.

Learn more about the Silas Craft Collegians program.

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