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Paul Stankard’s “Salem Bouquet” paperweight to support SCC scholarship fund

Paul Stankard’s “Salem Bouquet” paperweight to support SCC scholarship fund
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Salem Community College (SCC) Foundation is again partnering with internationally renowned glass artist and SCC distinguished alumnus Paul J. Stankard to raise funds for scholarships.

The fund-raiser has begun for the stunning “Salem Bouquet,” a 4-inch-in-diameter, spherical paperweight created and generously donated by Stankard. Valued at $7,500, the paperweight features flowers, fruit and honeybees, signed with a Paul Stankard cursive cane. Tickets -- $10 each or three for $25 -- may be purchased at www.salemcc.edu/night or by contacting SCC Foundation Executive Director Ceil Smith at csmith@salemcc.edu.

The SCC Foundation will draw the winning ticket at “The Night of Thanks.” The reception is now scheduled for Thursday, September 10 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Davidow Hall lobby on the SCC campus, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point, N.J. The winner need not be present to win. Reception tickets, at $35 each, are also available at www.salemcc.edu/night. In addition to the paperweight drawing, the evening will feature a silent auction and substantial hors d’oeuvres by DiPaolo’s.

A Mantua resident, Stankard is a proud, long-time supporter of SCC’s signature programs in scientific glass technology and glass art. The programs are now housed in the 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Sam and Jean Jones Glass Education Center, which opened on the SCC campus last September. The center’s studio/lab is named in Stankard’s honor. He graduated from the scientific glassblowing program in 1963.

Through Stankard’s unwavering guidance, Salem Community College has advanced the South Jersey glass tradition and, like Stankard, has gained international respect. That tradition has its roots in Salem County, where Wistarburg Glass Works was the first successful glass factory in the 13 colonies beginning in 1739 in Alloway. Stankard said that he’s grateful that his career is anchored in the South Jersey glass tradition.

Caption: The Salem Community College (SCC) Foundation fund-raiser is now underway for the stunning “Salem Bouquet,” a 4-inch-in-diameter, spherical paperweight created and generously donated by internationally renowned glass artist and SCC distinguished alumnus Paul J. Stankard. Tickets -- $10 each or three for $25 -- may be purchased at www.salemcc.edu/night or by contacting SCC Foundation Executive Director Ceil Smith at csmith@salemcc.edu. Photo by Jeff DiMarco