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Germanna Guarantee Program saves student’s home from foreclosure, then she wins a trip for two to Las Vegas at Monte Carlo Night fundraiser for the scholarship program

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Culpeper resident Erica Hodge, a Germanna Guarantee Program scholarship recipient who graduated and became a nurse in 2010 altered the course of her life and saved her family’s home.

“If it wasn’t for the Germanna Guarantee Program, I would still be in school after having to take a year off,” Hodge, a 1999 Spotsylvania High School graduate said Saturday, during GCC’s Monte Carlo Night fundraiser for the scholarship program. “Because of it, I was able to start my career and grow my family [she is expecting a second child] and focus on continuing my education.”

The 29-year-old Hodge, who has a 5-year-old son, was on the verge of dropping out of Germanna in December 2009 when her husband’s work hours were cut because of the recession. The scholarship she then received from GGP allowed her to stay in school and get her degree and become an LPN, then get a job working in a doctor’s office in Fredericksburg.

Because of the impact the recession had on her family’s income, they had found themselves in a hole, “and my first paycheck as a nurse came just in time to save our house,” she said.

“Everything fell into place for me because of the Germanna Guarantee,” Hodge said Saturday night during Monte Carlo Night at the Daniel Center. “When I found out about the Germanna Guarantee Program, I was amazed that people care so much about their community that they would help students they don’t know–help people like me and my family.”

As if to add an exclamation point, she then won a free trip for two to Las Vegas as Monte Carlo Night wound down late Saturday night.

Each year, the event features Las Vegas-style gambling for big prizes, libations, dinner, live music and dancing. This year, its 17th, it raised over $100,000.