This year’s Corban Connection, the 42nd annual ladies’ fundraiser, treated 210 guests to a Saturday luncheon at 29 tables set with key-lime cake centerpieces. Because of generosity of event sponsors, the $10,400 fundraised at the luncheon, plus nine new monthly pledges and the still-incoming gifts, will go directly to campus improvement projects and student scholarships.
Alumni Director Deleen Wills says, “It was a lovely day, and the best part about Corban Connection is that everything raised goes for our students.”
The on-going 2009-10 Corban Connection goal is $25,000. Campus improvement projects to be covered by this include new carpet in the hallways of Prewitt residence hall, a staircase from a parking lot to the next level of campus, instruments for the music department, and furniture for the student center. The fundraiser will also provide two $1,000 student scholarships.
In 1967 the event, then known as Western Baptist Women’s Auxiliary, began the tradition of bettering students’ lives in practical ways above and beyond administrative budgets. These faithful donations, over the past four decades, have contributed more than $450,000 to projects like remodeled and redecorated residence halls, lighting around parking lots, audio-visual equipment for classrooms, outdoor bleachers, library furnishings, and many scholarships.
Wills and Nancy Martyn (’68) co-emceed this year’s program. Highlights were an address by the college’s “first lady,” Linda Hoff; student performances of fine music; and life stories shared by young alumna Tricia Breiter and junior Amber Meeker. Breiter shared at last year’s Corban Connection, when she was a senior, about her calling to work with at-risk youth in Salem. She returned to update on how her calling has now become her career as well.
Luncheon sponsors and door prize donors also helped make guests feel special; from ARAMARK Higher Education Dining Services who catered the luncheon to KBZY 1490 AM Radio who donated the grand door prize of a beach get-away. Some of the other door prizes were retail and restaurant gift cards, a one-hour massage, and a spring gardening bundle.
Donations included a queen-sized quilt that was auctioned-off. The “Garden Twist” quilt, handmade by the talented members of the Sewing Seeds of Love quilting group from Faith Baptist Church in Salem, sold for $1,200.
One guest offered praise for the luncheon: “I can always be proud to bring my guests to this. The testimonies were amazing, the music—magical, and food fabulous.”
Corban appreciates all who generously supported the luncheon of the 42nd Annual Corban Connection. Sponsors and donors include:
ARAMARK Higher Education
Capitol Coin: Art (’81) and Bev (’81) Van Weerdhuizen
Caring Touch Massage: Heather Dorr
Corban Alumni Office & Bookstore
Green Thumb Flower Box Florist, Inc.
Home & Garden Party: Renee Potloff
Liberty Street Hair: Michelle Clifford
KBZY 1490 AM Radio
MaPS Credit Union
Phoenix Inn Suites, South Salem
Sewing Seeds of Love
Texaco Xpress Lube, South Salem: Mark (’82) and Penny (’81) Bidwell
If you would like to help Corban students with a donation to Corban Connection, please send your tax-deductible contribution to: Corban Connection/5000 Deer Park Drive SE/Salem, OR 97317.