$35,000 Raised for Silas Craft Collegians Program
Columbia, MD – For the 19th year, hundreds of community members, elected officials, and Howard Community College (HCC) faculty and staff joined to enjoy delicious food on March 5, 2018, raising an expected $35,000 for the college’s Silas Craft Collegians program.
The event, held annually at the Hunan Manor Restaurant in Columbia, sold 500 tickets, with proceeds from the evening benefitting the Silas Craft Collegians Endowment. The Silas Craft Collegians program offers students personalized attention and mentoring through a supporting academic cohort that promotes scholastic achievement, graduation, and transfer to four-year institutions. The event has raised more than $400,000 since its inception.
HCC President Kate Hetherington, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, County Council Chairperson Mary Kay Sigaty, Silas Craft Collegian Alana Matson, and Barb Van Winkle, chair of the Silas Craft Collegians Dinner Committee and vice chair of the HCC Educational Foundation (HCCEF), delivered motivational remarks to the Collegians, their families and event attendees.
Mrs. Dorothye Craft, widow of Howard County educator and civil rights leader Silas Craft, was also in attendance. Mrs. Craft, who turned 95 one day after the event, has attended every Hunan Manor fundraiser since it began in 2000.