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A.C. Moore CEO Celebrates Philanthropy with RCBC to Support Scholarships and Student Success

Pepe Piperno

Noted philanthropist, CEO of A.C. Moore and founder of the Dominica Foundation, Pepe Piperno will be the keynote speaker at Rowan College at Burlington County Foundation’s 7th annual Celebration of Philanthropy, a fundraiser for need-based scholarships for RCBC students.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Piperno will join Rowan College at Burlington County to celebrate philanthropy and discuss how local business leaders can truly give back to their community.

“We are very honored that Pepe Piperno has accepted our invitation to serve as keynote speaker at this year’s Celebration of Philanthropy,” said Event Co-Chair and RCBC Foundation Vice-Chair Tony Mahon. “He embodies the spirit of the event and has a remarkable story to tell. We could all benefit from taking a page out of his book.”

Piperno, who grew up in Camden, went from sweeping the floors to eventually owning Sbar’s, Inc., one of the largest arts and crafts distributors. As CEO of Sbar’s, he saved the locally-struggling A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts from bankruptcy in 2011. He is also the driving force behind the Domenica Foundation, a nonprofit named after his mother that aims to help people who fall through the cracks, especially in his hometown of Camden.

“Giving back to our communities and children is a top priority for me and the entire A.C. Moore family,” said Piperno. “Philanthropy should be woven into everything that business leaders do. Many of us would not enjoy the successes we do without having had a helping hand along the way.”

The event will serve to thank the college’s generous donors and will feature remarks from some RCBC Foundation scholarship recipients, including radiography alumna and single mother of two, Christine Louis and 2012 graduate Liz Woodward, who has been inspiring others to give back in any way they can after her story of picking up the diner tab for two firefighters coming home from fighting an overnight blaze garnered national attention.

“No two students’ stories are ever the same and we hope that their message of persistence, motivation and educational aspirations resonates with our donors,” said RCBC President Paul Drayton. “The entire Rowan College at Burlington County community strives to help as many students as possible and we couldn’t do that without the support of business leaders, community members and all of our donors.”

Last year’s Celebration of Philanthropy raised more than $30,000 and every single dollar went to helping students achieve their dream of earning a college degree. In the last three academic years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to students in need.

The program begins with networking from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the event runs from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Enterprise Center on the college’s Mount Laurel campus. Lunch will be catered by RCBC culinary arts students.

Guests are asked to make a donation to support student scholarships. There is a suggested donation of $250. For more information or to RSVP, please contact RCBC Foundation Acting Executive Director Brittany Quintana at (856) 222-9311, ext. 2540 or bquintana@bcc.edu.