Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Oak Hills Christian College held a successful 400 guest gala at The Sanford Center on Thursday evening, January 28, 2016. The Oak Hills Winter Gala purpose was to raise funds for The Campaign for Real Transformation, a $4.3 million campaign that will begin the process of completely remaking the college campus over the next 25 years. The first building that will be built is an 88 bed residence hall that will replace the aging men’s and women’s dorms that have been in service since the 1950’s. The new residence hall groundbreaking is planned for spring or summer 2016 and completion may be as early as January 2017. Total raised for the campaign to date is over $3.1 million.
There were 50 table sponsors whose generous contributions paid for the costs of the event. Several businesses and alumni also provided $65,000 in challenge gifts before the event to encourage those in attendance to help the college move toward the goal of funding the new residence hall. The goal for the evening was $100,000 and with the challenge gifts, the total raised in gifts and pledges that night was almost $145,000.
Special guest, Sally Cummings Roddy, daughter of Oak Hill’s founder Sheridan Cummings, traveled from Glendale, CA to attend and share a message of encouragement. At 90 years of age, she continues in her work as a script continuity expert on the television program, NCIS. President Dr. Steve Hostetter shared the vision of the college and how this building will impact students. Oak Hills Christian College students, Alex Schuld, Shania Rieger, and Anderson Saint Georges spoke eloquently about their transformation during their time at Oak Hills. Senior, Kaycee Clark shared her musical talent by singing and playing her guitar for three songs. Starting with “Great is Thy Faithfulness” then the contemporary song “Oceans”, and ending with “Be Thou My Vision”. Christian comedian, Ken Davis is an alumnus of the college and he flew in from Franklin, TN to humorously share about his life and the impact that Oak Hills had on his work and success.