Cardinal Foundation

Cardinal Foundation

Mission

The Cardinal Foundation exists to support the mission of Gadsden State Community College and provide opportunities for students.

Purpose

The Cardinal Foundation is an approved IRS 501(c)(3) support organization established to raise, manage, distribute and steward private resources to support he mission of Gadsden State. The Foundation is managed and controlled by a Board of Directors.

 


Donations

Donations are easy with PayPal, or donations can be sent to:

The Cardinal Foundation
P.O. Box 8265
Gadsden, AL 35902
Tax ID #46-0730246

Paypal


Events

The Swoop Spring 5K is a family-friendly scholarship fundraiser hosted by Gadsden State and the Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation. The purpose of the event is to raise money for students scholarships. It is a Gadsden Runners Club Prix Event.

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 Swoop Sprint, which was held June 8 on the East Broad Street and Wallace Drive campuses.

  • Swoop Swoop! - $2,000
    • The Gadsden Times
  • Swooping In! - $500
    • Alabama Teachers Credit Union
    • Andrew Anderton, Allstate agent
    • Alabama Power
    • CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
    • Boozerbeam
    • The Brown Turley Team, Merrill Lynch Bank of America Corporation
    • Morgan Lavender, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
    • RMC Health System
    • River Bank & Trust
    • Maraella Winery

Swoop Sprint 5K

Swoop Sprint 2018

  • One Fell Swoop! - $250
    • Patterson Financial Group, Northwestern Mutual
    • Greater Gadsden
    • Jennings & Messer, P.C.
    • Blackstone Pub & Eatery
    • Gadsden Regional Medical Center
    • Team1One Chevrolet of Gadsden
  • Breakfast Sponsor
    • Popeyes

Details for the 2020 Swoop Sprint will be available soon!

 

For the past four years, the Cardinal Foundation has sponsored the Gadsden State Everyday Hero Awards held during Community College Month in April. The event recognizes five deserving heroes who make a difference in the lives of other. Winners are from Etowah, Calhoun and Cherokee counties. They are honored with a short speech by the person who nominated them for the award, a breakfast attended by family and friends and a framed and matted certificate.

The 2019 Everyday Hero Awards were presented by Cardinal Foundation President Steve Hildebrant, far left, and Gadsden State President Dr. Martha Lavender, far right. The winners are, from left, Joe Simmons, Heath McLeod, Marilyn Burke, Cotina Houston-Stroud and Joe Hall.

Nominations for the 2020 Everyday Hero Awards will open in March 2020. Applications will be available on the Cardinal Foundation webpage.

Everyday Hero Breakfast

 

Service Pins


The Cardinal Foundation purchases service pins that are given to Gadsden State faculty and staff celebrating milestone service anniversaries. The pins are presented during Fall Convocation each year.

 

Nanda Patel


Nanda Patel, a board member and the owner of Holiday Inn Express in Gadsden and Fort Payne, spoke at Gadsden State’s 2019 professional development workshop. She explained her perspectives on customer service.

 

Candy with the Cardinals


Mark Condra, a board member, speaks with the community at Gadsden State's 2018 Candy with the Cardinals on the Wallace Drive Campus. 

 

Groundbreaking photo for Cardinal Foundation


Cardinal Foundation board members, from left, Judge Bobby Junkins, Steve Hildebrant and Lynn Hawkins-King participated in the groundbreaking for the new Science Building located on the East Broad Campus. They are pictured with Dr. Teresa Rhea, dean of Recruitment and Retention.

City of Champions half marathon


The Cardinal Foundation hosted a water station during the inaugural City of Champions Half-Marathon in November 2018. Board members, from left, Steve Hildebrant, Glen Porter and Larry Guffey were assisted by Gadsden State employees Kathy Brown, Tracy Heard and Jackie Edmondson.

 

 

 


Scholarships

The Cardinal Foundation presents several scholarships each year to Gadsden State students. Scholarship applications will be available in January on this webpage. Scholarships will be awarded during the 2020 Honors Day, held each April.

 

Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors represent one of the three counties where Gadsden State campuses are located – Etowah, Calhoun and Cherokee counties.

  • President: Steve Hildebrant
  • Vice President: Mark Condra
  • Treasurer: Bud Owsley
  • Secretary: Thereasa Hulgan

Board Members

  • Brain Snell
  • Lynn Hawkins-King
  • Debra Guyton
  • Nanda Patel
  • Bobby Junkins
  • Tony Reddick
  • Gene Boyd
  • Christie Knowles
  • Ricky Ray
  • Glen Porter
  • Bryan Dorsett
  • Larry Guffey
  • Anna Moore