Carroll Community College Holds 14th Annual Starry Night Gala Event Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of the ‘Investing in a Brilliant Future’ Campaign

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Chief Communications Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Westminster, Md., November 26, 2019—Carroll Community College (Carroll) will hold its annual Starry Night benefit gala on Friday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the College. The evening will feature an encore performance by Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot performing with the Big Shot Horn Section and include a formal cocktail hour, a silent auction, and a dessert reception.

“We will be celebrating the impact of our ‘Investing in a Brilliant Future Campaign’ launched at this same event one year ago,” said Dr. James D. Ball, President, Carroll Community College. “The Campaign supports the promise of a brilliant future for our students, providing them with the opportunity to pursue their passions and realize their dreams.”

Steve Wantz, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the College’s Foundaion stated, “With the goal of raising $8 million to benefit the students of Carroll Community College, the Investing in a Brilliant Future Major Gifts Campaign has already made a significant impact,” including the following highlights:

  • Increased scholarship funds supporting credit, noncredit and licensure programs
  • Startup funding for new programs supporting jobs of the future, including Digital Design & Fabrication, Drone Technology and Entertainment Technology
  • New state-of-the-market equipment and learning tools for various programs, including Cybersecurity, Engineering, Nursing and EMS

“Support for the College and its initiatives will not only benefit our students while they are enrolled at Carroll, but will also strengthen our local economy and improve the quality of life of Carroll County for generations to come,” added Ball.

Back by popular demand from his outstanding performance at the Gala in 2016, the event will feature Mike DelGuidice, who has been touring with Billy Joel throughout the world for the past six years. A vocalist, composer and master of several instruments including bass guitar, guitar, piano and drums, DelGuidice was hired by Billy Joel himself after he heard him perform in October 2013.

The silent auction will offer one of a kind merchandise, including a 3D printed chess set designed by a Carroll Digital Design & Fabrication student, a NFL football signed by Ravens NFL Hall of Fame members Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden and Ed Reed, as well as unique experiences such as a local sightseeing flight with light fare and drinks (up to one hour) for up to six passengers through Skytech Travel, a 1 ½ hour flight lesson including 40 minutes of flight time from Dream Flight  School in Westminster, a Woodturning experience for two with local Wood Turner Douglas Heck, and so much more. The auction will be open to the public for bids online on Wednesday, December 4 at Bidders do not need to be present at the Gala to participate. 

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Carroll Community College’s mission is Empowering learners. Changing lives. Building community. Carroll Community College (Carroll) provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers, enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. Carroll offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 136,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at

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The Carroll Community College Foundation is a non-profit 501c (3) corporation that is dedicated to the development of financial resources to support the educational needs of all students, businesses and the community. For more information about the Foundation, please call 410-386-8151 or visit our website at