VC employees raise $20,000 during Pirate Cup giving campaign

The Victoria College Orange Team captains accept the newly created Pirate Cup for their fundraising efforts from VC President Tom Butler. Pictured from left are Debra Chronister, Ann Brogger, Chris Kallus, Butler, Jennifer Ortiz-Garza and Trent Thigpen.

Faculty, staff and administration at Victoria College recently raised almost $20,000 in an employee-giving campaign to benefit the Victoria College Foundation.

The money was raised though donations by 125 employees. The money will help provide scholarships for students and fund critical programs.

The employee giving campaign is an established part of the VC Foundation's annual Tradition of Excellence Giving Campaign. But this year's employee giving campaign was the first Pirate Cup Campaign that included the brand new, custom-made Pirate Cup.

The Pirate Cup was designed and created by two VC employees: Debra Chronister, associate professor of art, and Trent Thigpen, computer information systems instructor.

The Pirate Cup is made from porcelain and is glazed with a transparent stoneware glaze.

"Trent created and applied all the decals," said Chronister. "I made and glazed the form."

Some of the programs funded through the giving campaigns include materials or equipment specifically needed by various departments to improve instructional services or student support.

"The people who work at VC have seen first-hand what a tremendous difference education makes in the lives of our students. That's why they are dedicated to the continued success of the college and its students," said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of College Advancement and External Affairs. "Our employees give to the college because they know that some of the programs the VC Foundation supports would not have been possible without grants from the Foundation."

"This year's first-ever Pirate Cup Campaign is an important way for VC employees to pay it forward," added Yancey. "The symbol and status of our new cup provides added motivation on our way to achieving 100 percent employee participation."

During this year's campaign, color-coded team leaders were charged with recruiting team members. The team with the most recruited members would win the now-coveted Pirate Cup. This year's winning team, the Orange Team, was led by Ann Brogger, director of counseling, Chris Kallus, respiratory care program chair and psychology instructor Jennifer Ortiz-Garza. The Orange Team recruited 52 employees.