Tickets Available for MECC Foundation Event Honoring Karen K. Hall


Karen K. HallThe Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will induct Karen K. Hall into its Hall of Honor at the 2016 Spring Gala.

The 2016 gala, titled, “Heart of Gold” will be held on the Mountain Empire Community College campus Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a reception in the Slemp Commons of Phillips-Taylor Hall at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner in the Goodloe Center at 6:45 p.m. A short recognition program will follow dinner. Musical entertainment will be provided by Michael Trigiani.

Hall of Honor Inductee, Karen K. Hall, will be recognized for her dedicated service to Mountain Empire Community College and to the community.  Proceeds from the event will establish the Karen K. Hall Student Success Fund. The primary use of this new fund will be to support the Great Expectations program at MECC, which helps current and former foster youth explore career possibilities, get enrolled, and complete college and financial aid applications. Great Expectations coaches also work with enrolled students to ensure their success in community college and beyond, connecting them as needed with tutors, scholarship opportunities, community resources, and other sources of support.

Tickets to the gala are $75 each and may be purchased by visiting, calling Jeri Bledsoe at (276) 523-2400, ext. 287, or by e-mailing her at

Donations to the Karen K. Hall Student Success Fund may be mailed to MECC Foundation, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219. Please make checks payable to MECC Foundation and indicate in the memo section of your check “Karen K. Hall Student Success Fund”.

For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation website at