PITTSBURG — With the help of local businesses and organizations, for over 30 years the Annual Partners in Progress Community Campaign has raised millions of dollars for scholarships and programs at Pittsburg State University.
Among the beneficiaries is the Kelce College of Business student organization, Enactus. During a kick-off for the 33rd Annual Partners in Progress Community Campaign lunch on Friday, the students presented their projects — which include helping an orphanage in Haiti, creating a homeless shelter in Pittsburg and helped support children in need in local schools through their Gorilla Achievement Program.

Enactus Vice President of Technology Jeffrey Yankovich said the university and community has supported them through not only monetary contributions, but also with coming up with project ideas which the community can benefit from, he said.

“It’s a vibrant, energetic feeling between the community and that projects through the university,” Yankovich said.

At the luncheon, leaders across the community were thanked by the PSU for their contributions. Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson said the relationship between the community and PSU a model relationship for other communities across the state.

PSU President Scott presented the Pritchett Trust Board of Directors with the 2018 Rex Crowley Outstanding Partner in Progress Award, which recognizes a member of the community who has "rendered outstanding service" to PSU and the Pittsburg community.   

The Pritchett Trust has contributed more than $2 million for PSU scholarships and programs since 1996.  

Scott said the late William B. and Athlyn C. Pritchett’s creation of the Pritchett Trust with the intent to improve the quality of life in the area is an example of being a servant to the community. Through the years, the board continues to be that servant, he said.

“They didn’t just give to the students, but also the community,” he said.

Pritchett Trust Board of Directors member Ron Marrone thanked PSU for the recognition on behalf of the board.

“With time, gifts and talents we have the ability to serve others,” he said.

During the event the university also introduced the co-chairs of this year’s campaign, Brian Jones of Jones Heritage Realtors and Amanda Sukraw of Community National Bank and Trust.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.