‘Building Bridges’ dinner to raise money for GCC Foundation

Greenfield Community College’s main campus.

Greenfield Community College’s main campus. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Report

Published: 02-16-2024 3:57 PM

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation invites residents to its fundraising dinner, “Building Bridges and Belonging: GCC’s Celebration of Community,” on Thursday, Feb. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The evening will include a catered dinner and a cash bar, the presentation of awards to GCC alumni and community partners, GCC student speakers, and opportunities to network and learn more about GCC’s impact on the region.

Thanks to sponsorship from Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield Cooperative Bank and Mass General Brigham at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, GCC students will be able to attend the event for free.

“This event is more than just a fundraiser,” Alexis Page, the GCC Foundation’s executive director, said in a statement. “It’s a celebration of our vibrant community. It’s a night to showcase the commitment of our region’s community champions, the achievements of our outstanding alumni and GCC’s life-changing impact.”

GCC’s newly created Community Champion Award, presented to an organization that dedicates resources to building a more vibrant and resilient community, and the Community Catalyst Award, given to an individual who exemplifies GCC’s values through acts of service or advocacy, will be awarded to Greenfield Savings Bank and Mesa Verde restaurant owner Amy McMahan, respectively.

This year’s GCC alumni awards will also be presented at the event. Andrew Carrier, Class of 1986, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award and Hannah Graves, Class of 2020, will receive the Young Alumni in Action Award.

Carrier graduated from GCC with a degree in criminal justice. While working as a state trooper in Georgia he obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University. Carrier is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. A hostage negotiator, Carrier was featured on The Discovery Channel’s “Hostage 911” series. Carrier is currently working on establishing an intensive outpatient facility for first responders in Augusta, Georgia.

After graduating from GCC, Graves went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Suffolk University and a master’s degree in higher education administration at Boston University. Graves is currently a program coordinator at The Resolution Center in Essex County. She also volunteers for the Arlington Rainbow Commission planning LGBTQ events, volunteers for Big Sister Boston and helps high school students prepare for college.

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Tickets to the event are $50 and proceeds will be used to support GCC students and programs. Registration must be completed by Feb. 19. To learn more and to register, visit gccfor.me/bridges.