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Wawa, BCC join in celebration of philanthropy and educational achievement

Mount Laurel, New Jersey – Christopher Gheysens, CEO of Wawa, an iconic brand in the southern New Jersey/Philadelphia region that is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will join with Burlington County College (BCC) and the BCC Foundation to celebrate the philanthropy that empowers students to educational achievement.

“Wawa has become a daily destination for many because of high-quality service and a culture of leadership that flows through its stores, just as Burlington County College has become a destination because of high-quality academic and professional-development programs,” Interim President Dr. David Spang said. “We welcome Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens to our annual Celebration of Philanthropy and we are very excited to learn more about his leadership and share our students’ stories of success while thanking generous donors.”

The Celebration of Philanthropy will occur promptly at noon on October 13 at the Enterprise Center at BCC’s Mount Laurel campus. (A networking session begins at 11:30 a.m.) Guests will be asked to make a contribution to student scholarships through the BCC Foundation. The luncheon celebrates the generosity of donors whom provide student scholarships. In the past two years, the BCC Foundation awarded more than 700 scholarships totaling nearly $600,000.

“At Wawa, we believe we all have a role in making our communities stronger, better places. We believe part of strengthening our communities is to help people fully achieve the goals and desires important to their life,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa President and CEO. “We appreciate the role the BCC Foundation plays in providing more people with the opportunity to maximize their educational opportunities and pursue their dreams.”

Burlington County College Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio, who will deliver welcoming remarks, commended the Wawa and the college’s joint effort to support students’ educational achievement.

“This is a perfect example of how the private sector and public institutions work together to make a lasting impact in Burlington County,” Freeholder Director Garganio said. “The Burlington County Workforce Development Initiative depends on these types of relationships and I thank Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens for helping to support student success at Burlington County College.”

The celebration will also highlight testimonials from students who benefitted from BCC Foundation scholarships and include lunch prepared and served by culinary arts students that will pay homage to the influence Wawa has had in the region.

“Hearing directly from those whose lives were transformed by education, and experiencing the work of culinary students send a powerful message to our generous donors,” BCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and BCC Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Corbin said. “We are very grateful to everyone has donated a single dollar to help keep college affordable in Burlington County and we hope to encourage more giving.”

The Celebration of Philanthropy is in its sixth year and was reformatted as a fundraiser for the first time last year. The new event quickly became the third-largest revenue generator for student scholarships.

“Our gratitude toward donors and our desire to do more for students are limitless,” said BCC Foundation Vice Chair Tony Mahon, who co-chaired the event. “We always work toward better ways to support students, and this year’s Celebration of Philanthropy will be a tremendous benefit for students at Burlington County College.”

To make a donation, or learn how to apply for a need-based scholarship, visit www.bccfoundation.net.