For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2013
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Earlier this month, White House Foods sponsored a sold-out concert at Winchester Church of God, featuring the award-winning band MercyMe. Proceeds of this year’s concert – totaling $28,000 – benefit the Great Expectations program at Lord Fairfax Community College. This is the third year that the company has supported Great Expectations, a program that supports LFCC students who are currently in, or were a part of, the foster care system.
Every year, approximately 30,000 young people in the U.S. age out of the foster care system without lifelong families or ample supports to make it on their own. The Great Expectations program at LFCC focuses on the value of a college education as the best way to achieve independence.
LFCC students in the program work closely with a Great Expectations coach, who helps them accomplish their academic and personal goals, while at the same time, assisting them in overcoming barriers that could prevent attainment of those goals. Carla Newman, LFCC’s Great Expectations coach, explains: “I help incoming students with the whole process of becoming a student, applying for financial aid, thinking through a program of study, and navigating the college campus and resources. I also teach them to advocate for themselves, to problem solve, and to become informed students.”
“Through the generosity of White House Foods and owners David and Paige Gum, LFCC is able to assist a population of students who deserve a chance to experience college and be successful,” said Liv Heggoy, Executive Director of the LFCC Foundation. “Since May is National Foster Care Month, it was very fitting to have the concert paired with the campaign to raise awareness of the issues facing foster youth,” she added.
Kaitlyn, a Great Expectations student, attended the concert with her foster mother. “It was one of the best days of my life, being able to see this band.” She continued by saying, “Thank you a million times, Mr. and Mrs. Gum.”
For more information regarding the Great Expectations program and LFCC, contact Carla Newman at 540-869-0745 or email [email protected]. A video about the program is on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLUcWWaPN5A
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.