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Holiday Lunch Marks Year’s Accomplishments

Submitted by on December 16, 2011 – 8:27 pmNo Comment

South Florida Community College employees celebrated the holidays and the end of the 2011 fall term on Dec. 16 with the annual potluck holiday luncheon. More than 200 employees, past employees, trustees, and other supporters of the college turned out for food, fellowship, and the opportunity to mark notable accomplishments of the year. The luncheon was sponsored by the SFCC chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC).

Hoping that luck will be on her side, Pam Jessiman enters a ticket in the holiday raffle sponsored by the SFCC chapter of AFC. Later in the afternoon, Jessiman went home with two drawing prizes.

Faculty from SFCC’s art department took part in the table decorating contest with tribute to popular artists of the post-impressionist movement, specifically, Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh. The “Starry Night” table was decorated with placemats and figures that reflected Van Gogh’s work. Pictured are (left) Cathy Futral, Ray Straub as Gaugin, Mollie Doctrow, and former SFCC art student Max Gooding as Van Gogh.

Dr. Norm Stephens’ holiday glow may have had something to do with his jingle bell hat, which took on a life of its own. The animated hat not only lit up but rocked to its own jingle bell style.

As Doug Andrews (right) leads SFCC employees and guests in the singing of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” Dr. Norm Stephens provides unexpected accompaniment on his flute.

Holiday carols are enjoyed by (left, front row)) Glenn Little, trustee Lana Puckorius, Laurie Stephens, trustee Joe Wright, board of trustees chair Tim Backer, and (left, back row) trustee Kris Rider.

Dr. Norm Stephens (left) and outgoing AFC chapter president Keith Loweke determine the winner of one of the drawing prizes. Lena Phelps later reported that the raffle and 50/50 drawing raised a total of $1,544.25 for scholarships, amounting to more money than any previous year.

Darlene Saccuzzo wins the movie night gift basket, including a gift certificate to the Olive Garden and two DVDs, in the AFC drawing.

Renee Smalley shows off the coveted Kindle Fire, gift card, and case, which she won in the AFC drawing. The popular ebook reader was donated by SFCC’s President’s Council.

Dr. Brian Deery, also known as Santa Claus, flashes the victory sign after winning multiple prizes in AFC’s holiday drawing. Dr. Deery also headed the table for the Hardee Rangers, which won first place in the table decorating contest for its reindeer theme complete with Santa’s sleigh. The design was conceived by Teresa Crawford and other employees from SFCC’s Hardee Campus.

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