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Tribute to Community STARs

The 8th Annual Tribute to Community STARs will be held on Friday, March 28 at noon in the Eckburg Auditorium. This event, held each spring, recognizes unsung heroes in our community. The first Tribute to Community STARs event was held in April 2007 and began a tradition of celebrating the achievements and contributions attained by the outstanding men and women in our community. Often times, we don’t take the opportunity to say thank you to others for a job well done or to recognize ones impact he or she has made in the community. The Savannah Technical College Foundation honors these individuals that make a difference! Your gifts, through sponsorships, tickets and silent auction purchases, supports Savannah Technical College’s mission of  workforce development in our region.

Annual Opportunity Gala

Founded in 1929 as The Opportunity School, this annual signature event began with our 75th anniversary year in 2004. From the very beginning, this institution has been creating opportunities through technical education. The Foundation felt it was only fitting to honor individuals who have devoted their lives to the same undertaking.

The Opportunity Gala, held in December of each year, honors deserving civic leaders for a lifetime of service in creating and enhancing opportunities for others to succeed. These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to creating opportunities for Georgians both locally and at the state level.

In 2012, we honored Stratton Leopold for his leadership and commitment to improving the quality of life in Savannah. From his career as filmmaker based in Atlanta and California, to his entrepreneurial guidance and reinvigoration of the family business, he has created opportunities for others in the entertainment industry and in the hospitality industry. As a member of the Culinary Arts advisory committee, he and others help shape curriculum and program offerings for one of Savannah Tech’s strongest academic programs and in one of the leading industries locally. His guidance is helping Savannah solidify its position as a desirable location for filmmaking.

Past recipients include: Former Governor Zell Miller , Arnold Tenenbaum, Judge Griffin Bell , Tom Coleman,  Dick Eckburg, Arthur M. Gignilliat, Jr., Bob and Alice Jepson,  Howard Morrison and Stratton Leopold.

See photos and highlights from last year’s Gala featuring food preparation and service by students in the award-winning Culinary Arts program at Savannah Technical College.

See photos of the Leopold’s Ice Cream sign renovation featuring work by students in the nationally-recognized Historic Preservation and Restoration program at Savannah Technical College.