MORE Series Sold Out
Sold Out Inaugural MORE Series luncheon raises money for Altamaha Technical College scholarships
Lindsey Coral Harper returns to Wayne County as guest speaker
Corey NaLampoon of Krueger International, a MORE Series sponsor, introduces Lindsey Coral Harper Friday in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center before a sold out crowd. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)
(November 12, 2012) – Altamaha Technical College’s C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center in Jesup was a flurry of activity Friday, Nov. 9 as more than 300 old and new friends of the College flocked to the first MORE Series event featuring Lindsey Coral Harper, a New York interior designer who calls Wayne County her childhood home.
Fifteen vendors from the area displayed their interior design and fashion offerings with panache in the More Marketplace, an expo-style shopping experience held prior and following the presentation “Jazzing It Up” in your home by Lindsey Coral Harper.
This four-hour event, sponsored by Krueger International, is the first of several to be planned by the Altamaha Technical College Foundation MORE Planning Series Committee, said Melinda Laager, executive vice president of the Foundation. The next one will be planned for the spring.
“We are excited to promote the professional success of the lives of residents in our College’s service delivery area who rise to the top of their fields. We hope by showcasing their success we can inspire and educate members of the community to be ‘More’ with Altamaha Technical College and ‘More’ in their community. The event provides a unique cultural opportunity to bring people from around the region together for a fun day with vendors, lunch and a phenomenal learning experience while raising money to support scholarships at Altamaha Technical College,” said Laager.
Harper spoke to a sold-out luncheon about her experience living in Wayne County as a child and expressing her passion for interior design, a personal interest she uncovered while an undergrad at the University of Georgia and desperate to find a major.
“I needed a major to graduate but in all those years I never knew about the interior design department. I don’t know why but it should have been obvious, as I redecorated my room in the sorority house each time I moved rooms, which was a lot, and had my mom sew me curtains to match,” joked Harper. She shared her background in interior design working under noted designer Richard Keith Langham who once designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her experience on her own at LCH Interiors, designing homes for clients in Charlotte, N.C., and West Palm Beach, Fla., among other impressive locales. She also suggested several tips for better home design that she uses in her own practice, like mounting curtains and draperies near the ceiling above the window to bring the eye up and increase the feeling of space in the room.
Shown from left to right with featured guest speaker Lindsey Coral Harper are Melinda Laager, Executive Vice President of the Altamaha Technical College Foundation, Altamaha Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover, MORE Planning Committee Chair and Altamaha Technical College Foundation Trustee Peggy Riggins and Altamaha Technical College Foundation President Doug Ellis. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)
Harper is the daughter of Rick and Linda Harper of Jesup and Emily Burgess of Cartersville. Her grandmother, Lucille Harper, is also a Jesup resident. It was a family affair as all were present to congratulate Lindsey on her personal and professional success.
Harper has been featured in magazines like Southern Living, House Beautiful, Elle Décor and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. She has been called a “Southern Belle Tastemaker” by Garden & Gun magazine. From her biography on her website www.LCHInteriors, “Lindsey’s travels both here and abroad have influenced her sense of style as much as the genteel South. Fresh, young and modern with a twist on the traditional, Lindsey’s designs radiate bold pattern, texture and color. She is able to transform a residence into a highly comfortable, personal and welcoming space for any client.”
Special thanks to Krueger International and Poppell’s Produce. Painted pumpkin centerpieces, created by the MORE Planning Committee and Altamaha Technical College student volunteers filled the room giving it a creative fall air; the whimsical pumpkin pieces were sold to support scholarships. Additional sponsors are M.S. Harris and Associates, Inc., and Elkins Constructors, Inc.; The Press-Sentinel and Georgia Pacific Cellulose.
The Committee also recognizes and thanks the vendors and door prize contributors. The 15 vendors featured in the MORE Marketplace were Broadway Direct of Jesup, Golden Isle Market of Jesup, Demere Boards of Athens, The Barnard Company of Patterson, MLC Custom Draperies & Bedding of Jesup, Cason's Flooring of Jesup, Mary’s Bow-K of Jesup, The Bargain Basement of Jesup, Jada's of Baxley, C & L Gifts & Jewelry of Baxley, Altamaha Technical College Bookstore, Vintage & Vogue Interiors of Jesup, Ingleside Exchange of Jesup, The Blue Goose of St. Mary’s and Catherine Martinez of Jesup, personal Mary Kay retail consultant. To the delight of many, more than 40 door prizes were drawn during the luncheon. Teresa Scott of Jesup won the Grand Prize – a two night stay at the Hampton Inn on Jekyll Island, dinner for two at the Marshside Grill in Brunswick and a round of golf for two with cart and miniature golf for two at the Jekyll Island Golf Course.
Door Prizes were offered from Linens Plus of Jesup, Fulghum’s Drug, Inc. of Baxley, Melanie’s of Baxley, Klassy Kids of Jesup, Blackshear Drug Company, Blackshear Flower & Gift, Altamaha Technical College, Spanish Moss Landscaping and Design of Jesup, The Wren’s Nest of Baxley, Designs by Deidra of Jesup, Chele’s of Baxley, All Occasions Gift Baskets & Flowers of Jesup, The Care Cove Gift Shop at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Mine & Yours Boutique of Jesup, Janice’s Window Bed & Bath of Jesup, Huddle House, Rayonier, Hats on Main of Brunswick, Jekyll Island Golf Course, Jesup Storage Solutions and Giana Eden Pottery. The Southeast Georgia Health System also brought their Wellness on Wheels mobile for attendees to receive free blood sugar and blood pressure checks.
Peggy Riggins chaired the MORE Planning Committee, which was also served by the following friends and staff of the college: Kelley Arnold, Patti Bryant, Markisha Butler, Amy Denty, Pam Ellis, Lorette M. Hoover, Gena Ierardi, Leah Lewis Jones, Joy Kenerly, Denise King, Melinda Laager, Patty Martin, Leslie Rinehart Miller, Miriam Murray, Monica O’Quinn, Kristen Perrett, Connie Riddle, Susan Strickland, Rindy Trapnell, Linda Whittington and Frances Yeargan.
Students from the Wayne County High School Student Council and Future Business Leaders of America volunteered to assist with the set-up, clean-up and plating the 300 person luncheon. Lonnie Roberts, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, served as the day’s emcee. Jerry Caldwell of Jesup provided musical inspiration during the luncheon on the College’s baby grand piano.
President Lorette M. Hoover addressed the crowd both at the beginning and end of the program thanking all for their participation and support of the college. She commented that “Scholarship dollars are truly needed now more than ever for students with the decreases in HOPE available funds.”
The Altamaha Technical College Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps strengthen and expand the College by securing resources to support projects such as scholarships, program equipment, and faculty development. With scholarship needs increasing, donations to support the Foundation and scholarships for students are needed.
To learn more about registering for one of Altamaha Technical College’s more than 80 degree, diploma and certificate programs, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-645-8284 or go online towww.altamahatech.edu. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
More photos of the day’s events are featured on the College’s Facebook page:www.facebook.com/altamahatech.