The Skagit Valley College Foundation and the Skagit-Island Community Partnership for Transition Solutions will host a fundraising event on February 2 at 6:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre. The event is titled, “$40 and a Bus Ticket: What would it look like to rebuild your life from here?”
This special evening is designed to help increase awareness about the impact of incarceration and will serve as a fundraiser for the SVC Foundation’s Second Chance Scholarship. The evening will start at 6:00 pm with a silent art auction, with artwork created by individuals currently incarcerated in the Skagit County Community Justice Center and will feature keynote speaker, Gina Castillo, executive director of Unloop (https://www.un-loop.org). The evening will also include a reader’s theater that ties together stories collected from people who have been incarcerated in our community and a panel of individuals who were previously incarcerated. In addition, Skagit Valley College graduate, Kyle Von Stroberg, will share his inspirational story of how attending SVC after incarceration helped him achieve his educational goal and provided an opportunity to give back to others by establishing the Second Chance Scholarship.
Admission is free to $40 and a Bus Ticket free, with a suggested donation of $20. Funds from the silent auction and donations will support the SVC Foundation’s Second Chance Scholarship. Also, donations can easily be made online anytime by visiting https://www.mysvc.skagit.edu/foundation_giving_form.asp .
About the scholarship — The Second Chance Scholarship was started by Kyle Von Stroberg in 2016 and is designed to support SVC students who: maintain full-time enrollment status at SVC; maintain a 2.0 GPA; have been incarcerated in jail or prison; and have overcome hardship, and continue to better themselves and those around them and desire to give back to the community.
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