Augusta, GA -
The Masters Tournament is in full swing, and while people are enjoying themselves on the course, others spent the day making memories at the first ever “Purple on the Green” Day Party.
Paine College partnered with BET Centric to host the event during Masters Week. Visitors could take part in dancing to live music and mingling with friends and family, all while raising money for a good cause.
“This is really happening, my dream is really coming to life,” said Tekeya Peterson.
Tekeya Peterson, also known as Miss Paine College, is finishing her senior year at Paine College with the help of multiple scholarships.
“I have been able to pay off my balance, and I am able to graduate in May, so I’m really excited about the opportunities that Paine has afforded me, and I am excited about the students that receive the money from this event,” said Peterson.
College officials got together a few months ago to start planning the big event.
“For our students who may need financial assistance, this means a great deal to them. Every dollar raised here today goes to our annual scholarship fund, which means we will be able to assist those students who are in financial need,” said Leadra Collins, Coordinator of Operations.
The event was hosted by one of our own, Kimberly Scott, and had live bands and a DJ along with drinks and food—all the money going toward the scholarship fund.
Annie Rogers is working to get more students through college by volunteering her time. As a Paine College graduate she still sees the benefit of a degree, and wants to help others achieve their dreams.
“Well, certainly it has helped me, and I can also say that if it were not for Paine College, I may not have been able to go to school, and as a result of that I feel like I need to give back,” said Rogers.
Collins said they hope to raise $10,000 for the scholarship fund, which can help up to 50 students earn a degree.