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Silas Craft Collegians Event on March 7 Raises Funds for Program and Scholarships

Unique Howard Community College Program Unlocks Greatness in Students

Columbia, MD – Hundreds of community members, elected officials, and Howard Community College faculty and staff are expected to turn out to Columbia’s Hunan Manor Restaurant on March 7, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m., to enjoy delicious food and support the college’s Silas Craft Collegians Program, which offers students mentorship and personalized attention in a supportive academic cohort to promote scholastic achievement, graduation, and transfers to four-year institutions.

For the 17th year, Hunan Manor, at 7091 Deepage Drive, will host the event, which has raised more than $320,000 since its inception. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Silas Craft Collegians program and student scholarships. 

“The Silas Craft Collegians Program assists students from around Howard County,” said Barb Van Winkle, committee chair for the Silas Craft Collegians Dinner. “I enjoy attending the annual fundraiser every year to meet the students in the program and support such a great cause.”

United States Congressman Elijah Cummings will deliver motivational remarks to the Collegians, and the Collegians will be in attendance to share their stories with guests. Also in attendance will be Mrs. Dorothye Craft, the widow of Silas Craft, an educational pioneer in Howard County who opened the first senior high school for African American students.

To purchase tickets for the event or for more information, call 443-518-1970 or visit

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