Vision Dinner Raises More Than $460K for Scholarships and Student Support

October 5, 2022
The Tulsa Community College Foundation raised more than $460,000 from the 2022 Vision Dinner, including $50,000 for the Vision Dinner Scholarship fund.

The annual event raises money to support students while celebrating community leaders who value education. This year's honorees are Tyrance Billingsley, II, founder of Black Tech Street; Alana Hughes, director of Tulsa grantmaking for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies; and Ron Looney, founder of Tri-Angle Development and a former TCC Regent.

Funds raised from Vision Dinner help to unlock the future for TCC students by providing scholarships, leadership development opportunities, engagement and mentoring with academic scholars and leaders, and technology and equipment necessary to prepare for today’s workforce.

"TCC is committed to making college accessible to all and our students are succeeding because our donors believe in the power of education and what TCC can do for this community,” said Leigh Goodson, TCC president & CEO. “Our three honorees know that from experience as Tyrance attended TCC; Alana served as a TCC Foundation trustee, and Ron served 36 years as a TCC Regent.”

For Fall 2022, the TCC Foundation awarded more than $420,000 in student scholarships, the most in the Foundation’s history. A portion of those funds came from $50,000 raised at last year’s Vision Dinner which provided 35 students with a $1,400 Vision Scholarship. The 2022 Vision Dinner carried on the tradition of raising $50,000, specifically for the Vision Scholarship fund, during a live ask at the event.

“This level of community support shows our donors believe in TCC students and are ready to invest in their success,” said Kari Shults, vice president for advancement and president of the TCC Foundation. “We are extremely grateful to our generous donors who understand the importance of a community college.”

The successful annual fundraising event comes following the announcement that TCC saw the highest graduation rate in the 52-year history of the College.

“We are graduating more students than ever before and looking ahead to our next step for post graduate success to make sure students get jobs with family sustaining wages,” said Goodson. “Ninety percent of TCC graduates stay in Tulsa and when our students succeed, our community succeeds.”

The 2022 Vision Dinner, chaired by Molly Jarvis, a TCC Foundation Trustee, featured dinner, dancing, and tributes to each honoree. Anthony C. Brinkley recited a spoken word tribute to Billingsley, II; TCC student Savanah Whalen sang a solo tribute to Hughes; and Signature Symphony at TCC performed a musical tribute to Looney.