Cardinal Foundation

Cardinal Foundation


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


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



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


The Swoop Sprint 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 student scholarships. It is a Gadsden Runners Club Prix Event. The event was cancelled for 2020. The 2021 race date is TBA.

You can also fill out a registration form to register for the race. Click here for the form.

2020 Sponsors

Thank you to these dedicated sponsors of the 2020 Swoop Sprint!

  • Swoop Swoop! - $2,000
    • Alabama Power
  • One Fell Swoop! - $250
    • CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
    • Greater Gadsden
  • Continued Race Support
    • Gadsden Runners Club

Swoop Sprint 5K




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.





The Cardinal Foundation presents several scholarships each year to Gadsden State students. 

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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

  • Lynn Hawkins-King
  • Debra Guyton
  • Nanda Patel
  • Bobby Junkins
  • Tony Reddick
  • Gene Boyd
  • Ricky Ray
  • Bryan Dorsett
  • Larry Guffey
  • Anna Moore