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Germanna raises record sum at 18th Annual Scholarship Monte Carlo event

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GCC faculty member Araceli Palomino deals cards during the college Educational Foundation’s casino night fundraiser Saturday night. 
Germanna Community College’s Educational Foundation raised a record  amount of close to $120,000 as approximately 300 people attended the college’s 18th Annual Scholarship Monte Carlo event Saturday night at its Daniel Center in Culpeper.
  Event chair Clarissa Berry called it “One of our biggest crowds.”
  ”Once again, friends of Germanna have invested in the Germanna Guarantee Program,”  said Mike Catell, director of the college’s foundation. The program provides scholarship support for students with needs not covered by other forms of financial aid.
 Germanna President David A. Sam said the scholarships will help not only the students receiving them, but the communities GCC serves. About 75 percent of Germanna students remain in the area. The college’s service region includes the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of  Caroline, King George, Orange, Madison, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Culpeper.
 ”People understand that scholarships at Germanna provide benefits to their community that are tangible,” Berry said.
   Each year the event features Las Vegas-style “gambling,” including roulette, slots, craps and poker, prizes donated by local businesses, music, dancing, drinks, food and a live auction.