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TCC recognizes three local businesses for their support


 Tallahassee, Fla. (January 17, 2018)— Tallahassee Community College recognized several local businesses for their support at a recent meeting of the TCC District Board of Trustees.

Heather Mitchell, executive director of the TCC Foundation, introduced Brooke Hallock of Capital City Bank, lead sponsor of Cleaver and Cork, the Foundation’s annual farm-to-table food and wine experience. Proceeds from Cleaver and Cork support scholarships and enhance student success at TCC.

The bank signed on as a supporter for the first Cleaver and Cork evening in 2016, committing $50,000 over a three-year period to help create a true signature event.

“It was very meaningful that Capital City Bank was willing to help us create a totally new event and commit to supporting it for three years,” said Mitchell. “Their investment gave us a lot of momentum and helped make this event a huge success.”

Mitchell said Capital City Bank is known for supporting events and causes that help propel the community forward, such as the United Way Downtown Getdowns and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber Conference.

Hallock, the bank’s chief brand officer, said, “I live in a world of bankers, and they all talk about ROI.… We signed on with Cleaver and Cork because I knew… the ROI was immediate with Tallahassee Community College—because everything that we were raising goes right back to the community.

Local business leader and philanthropist Rick Kearney, CEO and chair of Mainline Information Systems, will also support Cleaver and Cork with a gift of $25,000.

Kearney is a long-time supporter of students and programs at TCC.

“From scholarships to classroom renovations—and a new project that will be announced in February—Rick has been a steadfast partner in making our community better through TCC’s work,” said Mitchell.

This year’s edition of Cleaver and Cork is on March 2 and will feature Food Network chef Amanda Freitag, who is a judge on the hit series, “Chopped,” and co-host of “American Dinner Revival.”

Students will also benefit from a new scholarship established by longtime local business Target Print & Mail, which was represented by its president, Tracey Cohen, and Jeremy Cohen, who leads business development services.

The need-based scholarship will target returning adult students interested in pursuing a degree in degree in a career or workforce program. The intent of the scholarship is to provide resources that can help break the cycle of poverty through education, said Tracey Cohen.

“It is astounding the number of applications I receive for customer service positions where the candidates have worked at one or all of three places: a big box store, a fast food restaurant or a call center. It seems like these are the only jobs available to people without training in a trade or college. My goal is to help in some small way to give someone who wants to work more options,” said Cohen.

For information, contact Heather Mitchell at mitchelh@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201- 6067.