A Light on the Point raises more than $70,000 for student scholarships, programs

The South Portland Firemen’s Relief Association donated $30,000 to endow the Tim Carr Memorial Scholarship at SMCC’s A Light on the Point fundraiser. Shown here, left to right, are Carr family members Sierra Howe, Rachel Quill, Kathleen Carr and Kaitlyn Cepeda with South Portland Fire Chief Jim Wilson, former Chief Philip McGouldrick, SMCC Fire Science Chair Steve Willis and SMCC President Joe Cassidy.

The Southern Maine Community College Foundation raised more than $70,000 at its A Light on the Point fundraiser to benefit students and SMCC’s public safety programs.

The event, held last month on SMCC’s South Portland Campus, celebrated SMCC’s Public Safety programs and the thousands of firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and others who have touched or been touched by these programs through the decades. More than 140 people attended the fundraiser.

The event focused on the College’s Criminal Justice, EMS/Paramedicine and Fire Science academic programs, as well as the Maine Fire Service Institute, a department of SMCC that provides training and educational services to Maine’s fire agencies and firefighters. The money that was raised will go toward student scholarships provided through the SMCC Foundation and academic programs.

In all, about $73,000 was raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, a raffle and a $30,000 donation made by the South Portland Firemen’s Relief Association. That donation will be used to endow the Tim Carr Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship that is awarded each year to a Fire Science student.

To view photos from the fundraiser, please visit SMCC’s A Light on the Point Flickr album.