MGCCC Pre-Centennial Gala includes Silent Auction and Celebrity Roast of Dr. Willis H. Lott
May 09, 2011
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College held a Pre-Centennial Gala, Silent Auction and Celebrity Roast of Dr. Willis H. Lott on Monday, May 9, at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi. More than 500 attended the gala.
The Roastmaster for the event was Ken Flanagan, Jackson County Communications Director. Other speakers and roasters included Dr. Mary S. Graham, vice president of the Perkinston Campus; Dean Holleman, Boyce Holleman and Associates; Dr. David C. Cole, President, Itawamba Community College; Manly Barton, Jackson County Board of Supervisors; Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, President Emeritus, The University of Southern Mississippi; Connie Rockco, Harrison County Board of Supervisors and Don Massengale, Gulf Coast's Board of Trustees. Funds raised from the event will be used to support the Centennial Celebration?
Gulf Coast was established on September 5, 1911, when the Harrison County School Board started the Harrison County Agricultural High School, to later become a junior college. As an inducement to locate the school at the little town of Perkinston, a number of prominent citizens donated 566 acres of land and $626. The institution began operation on September 17, 1912. From those early beginnings, Gulf Coast has grown into an institution with eight locations serving more than 38,000 residents in its four-county district.