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Seven years ago Dave Pepper owned a moving and storage company and thought his life was going along just fine. But one evening a disgruntled former employee barged in and shot Pepper and two other employees in the head as they lay face down. Pepper was the only one to survive. He has had to re-learn to walk, talk, eat, and dress himself. Today he focuses his life on his spirituality and on his education, which has begun again at WCC.

"I use my mind now instead of my body," says Pepper. "Thank God for the WCC Foundation. They pick up where the Pell Grants leave off."

Because Pepper ran his own business, he didn't think he needed an education. But now he is working hard to pursue his dreams of helping others by getting his degree in counseling.

He participates in the M-TIES program, now renamed M-POD, that smoothes the transition from WCC to the University of Michigan. In the meantime he has become a minister.

"I don't take life for granted anymore. I love learning but I have to study twice as hard because I have memory problems," says Pepper. "The College and the WCC Foundation have literally taken me by the hand and made my new beginning possible. God, in his glory, directed my path to WCC and to the Foundation."

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Mark Your Calendars to Join the Party "Down on the Bayou"!
Feb 7 2015
Morris Lawrence Building
The Annual WCC Foundation Mardi Gras Celebration takes us "Down on the Bayou" on February 7, 2015, so mark your calendars to be a part of what is sure to be a foot stompin' time! View here a recap of last year's event that helped raise more than $100,000 for WCC students.
Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing was a Success
Aug 19 2014
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Our 21st annual golf outing drove a true hole-in-one for our WCC students, raising $92,000! Visit golf outing page for more information.
Judith Hommel Emergency Fund
Feb 11 2014
The Foundation has received several inquiries about how to make a contribution to the Judith Hommel Emergency Fund. For online gifts, visit the Make a Gift link at the top left of this page. Be sure to note in the "gift designation" box that the gift should be applied to the Judith Hommel Emergency Fund. Read more on Judith Hommel Emergency Fund

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