auction bidders around tables
The ATEC building at Big Bend Community College was packed with items up for auction and people to bid on them Saturday night during Cellarbration

Winery tasting room or college building? It was hard to tell in the ATEC building at Big Bend Community College Saturday night, as people throughout the community came out to support a cause that has aided countless students throughout the years.

Cellarbration has been put on by the Big Bend Community College Foundation (BBCCF) since 2002 and regularly sees hundreds of people support the cause of raising money to provide scholarships for high school students, professional/technical program students and people who have been out of college and are returning to school.

When all the money is tallied, BBCCF Executive Director LeAnne Parton expects Saturday night’s event to have raised upwards of $110,000.

“Everything we raise tonight is for our foundation’s scholarships. We do three scholarships, so we do a scholarship for returning students, so if there is a gap of at least one year they can apply for the scholarship. We do all 19 high schools in our service district, one senior from each school and for the larger schools we do multiple scholarships,” Parton explained.

“And then we also do every single one of the professional and technical programs that we have here. We award at least one scholarship to those type of students.”

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