'Soirée by the Sea' raises more than $320,000 for scholarships

'Soirée by the Sea' raises more than $320,000 for scholarships

Mon Oct 5, 2015
Brazosport College Foundation scholarship recipient Raul Jaime, left, speaks to the audience at the College’s recent “Soirée by the Sea” event at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College, while BC President Dr. Millicent Valek looks on.

Brazosport College recently hosted its biennial Scholarship Soirée, with attendees enjoying a seaside-themed atmosphere filled with fun and good times. More importantly, however, was the amount of money the event raised for student scholarships.

The “Soirée by the Sea” event at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College brought in more than $320,000 that will be used toward scholarships through the Brazosport College Foundation.

The event raised a bulk of its money through gifts from local businesses, as well as a live and silent auction. The night’s biggest contribution came from BASF, Inc., which made a scholarship gift of $125,000 to the BC Foundation. Freeport LNG also made a $20,000 gift.

The Soirée was underwritten by the Dow Chemical Company, which was celebrating the 75th anniversary of Texas Dow Operations, while the entertainment was sponsored by TDECU Wealth Advisors. Other sponsors included BASF, Freeport LNG, Brazosport Regional Health Systems, H-E-B, K-Bin Inc., Nalco Champion, Vencorex and Marquis Construction.

This was the College’s third biennial Scholarship Soirée. Since the event’s inception in 2011, almost $1 million has been raised for BC student scholarships.

“Scholarships are a vital part of our student success initiatives and this event goes a long way toward achieving that goal,” said Serena Andrews, BC Vice President, College Advancement. “These generous gifts from our community partners have provided and will continue to provide opportunities for many students to pursue a college education through Brazosport College.”

One of the many students attending BC on a scholarship, Raul Jaime, spoke about how his college education has been assisted by a scholarship through the BC Foundation. Also speaking at the Soirée were State Representative Dennis Bonnen, Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek and Brazosport College Foundation Board President Gerald Andrews.

Guests at the Scholarship Soirée enjoyed a multitude of other activities, including catered food by On the River Restaurant & Catering, a sushi bar by Sake’ To Me, and plenty of dancing. The Grooves and The Leo Polk Quartet provided the music.

The Soirée was chaired by Courtney and Ryan Birdsong, and Earl and Zee Shipp were honorary chairs.

To learn more about Brazosport College or the Brazosport College Foundation, call 979.230.3163.