October Means Family Fun at MGCCC Campuses

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October is a busy month at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  Football games, tailgate cookouts and Homecoming (Saturday, October 28, at the Perkinston Campus) are only a few of the activities taking place on campus. Students, employees and the public are invited to attend the wide variety of fun events taking place during the month.

  • The Jackson County Campus in Gautier will hold a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat on October 30, 6-8 p.m. The event will include children’s games and activities, a children’s costume contest, arts, and face painting. The event is free and open to the public.  For information, contact Brandi Martino at 228.497.7680 or brandi.martino@mgccc.edu.
  • The Jefferson Davis Campus in Gulfport will host a Fall Festival and Haunted House on October 30, 5-8 p.m. Other activities during the festival will include a Trunk-or-Treat from 5-7 p.m., a hayride, outdoor movie, face painting and more. The event is free and open to the public.  The haunted house is free with an MGCCC ID or $3 for general public. For more information about the event, contact Rachelle Vecchio at rachelle.vecchio@mgccc.edu.
  • The Perkinston Campus will host a Haunted House Fundraiser October 29-31, 8-11:30 p.m. each day. The Haunted House will be at the George Sekul Field House.   The campus will also host the annual MGCCC Zombie Run 5K Chase Race on October 30, with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities and the National Residence Hall Honorary.  For more information, visit mgccc.edu/zombierun or the MGCCCZombieRun Facebook page.
  • MGCCC Homecoming activities begin on Thursday, October 26, with the Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi. On Friday, October 27, the Clem Dellenger Memorial Golf Tournament will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Hickory Hill Country Club in Gautier.  A reunion event will be held for the 1967 and 2007 football teams and cheerleaders and Phi Theta Kappa (all years and chapters) at 6 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino pool deck.  On Saturday, October 28, a cookout and pep rally will be held at noon by the Bell Tower on the Perkinston Campus.  The football game against Jones County Junior College will begin at 3:30 p.m. at A.L May Memorial Stadium.  For information about tickets and other scheduled events during Homecoming week, visit mgccc.edu/homecoming.
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Refinery Reps Help With B&GC Gala

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Volunteers with the Pascagoula Refinery’s Black Employee Network (BEN) lent a helping hand during the 20th annual Boys & Girls Club “Steak and Steak” fundraiser.

The event brings together children who participate in local Boys & Girls Clubs and community members to enjoy a steak dinner and guest speaker. Former NFL great Andre Reed provided this year’s keynote address.

Attendees also have an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction. Chevron volunteers helped staff this portion of the event, including (from left) DaJohn Murray, Sarah Denney, Brandon Gray, Nicole McBeath, Alecia Asiamigbe, Kentrell Owens, Penny Barbour, Valerie Brune, Austin McSpadden, Carlos Moore, Tiahirih Moore, Mike Seales, Rayford Harris, Makamba Sackey, Cheryl McLeod, Jamie Smith and Catherine Glaude (Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County).

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Volunteers, City Partner to Make Playground More Accessible

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From left, Kenny Erwin (Health Quest), Sean O’Grady (Procurement) and Charles Barber (Continuous Improvement) rolled up their sleeves on behalf of the ENABLED Employee Network to help workers with the City of Pascagoula install a new handicap-accessible merry-go-round at Beach Park in Pascagoula. The equipment was purchased by Junior Auxillary of Pascagoula-Moss Point as part of an ongoing project to provide more accessible playground areas at local parks. The moulded plastic design makes the equipment easier for children to stay seated while riding and doesn’t cause splinters.

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Volunteers Walk to Fight Heart Disease

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Nearly 50 volunteers from Chevron spent a Saturday morning raising money and awareness for heart disease at the 2017 Jackson County Heart Walk on March 18.

One member of the Chevron team has even had heart disease affect him personally.

“In 2007, I lost my mother to heart disease,” said Maintenance Team Leader Chris Cochran. “My father has heart disease, and I was diagnosed with heart disease in 2013. From that time, it has become important to eat right and exercise.”

Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, so money raised from events like the heart walk goes toward saving thousands of lives every year.

“The Heart Walk is important to me to show even if you have heart disease, you can be very active,” Cochran said.

With 45 participants, the Chevron team raised $2,500 at the Heart Walk.

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Chevron Volunteers Support Relay for Life

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More than 20 Chevron employees, friends, and family gathered at the St. Martin High School Stadium on April 28 to participate in Relay for Life. This year, the Chevron Team raised $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Thank you to Chevron Relay for Life event team leaders Elizabeth Swinney and Sondra Hilton-Boney, along with everyone who supported this important cause. Nearly $16,000 was raised by the entire event.

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TOMORROW: Pink Paddle Kayak Race

12002811_10153626590164837_2931218287788795006_n TOMORROW: Pink Paddle Kayak RaceThe Ocean Springs Yacht Club has donated not only their building, but also volunteers to support the Biloxi Yacht Club’s Ladies Auxilliary for their sixth annual Pink Paddle Kayak Race and Benefit, Saturday, July 29. The race starts from Ocean Springs Yacht Club and ends at the Biloxi Yacht Club.

The race is put on each year to raise money for Pink Heart Funds. The non-profit organization provides wigs for patients receiving cancer treatments and people who have other hair loss disorders. Pink Heart Funds was founded over ten years ago by JoAn Niceley. Niceley has battled cancer herself and noticed the need to improve issues people faced while receiving cancer treatments, especially young moms.

The pubic is invited to join the festivities at both Ocean Springs and Biloxi Yacht Club locations. Additionally, if you would like to sign up for the race, you may bring your own paddle board and something to propel with. Registration is $40 on-line at www.webscorer.com/register before the race or $50 if you register at the race. Registration ends at 9 a.m., so be sure to arrive early. The race is a rain or shine event, but is expected to bring in about 100 participants.

There will also be an after-party at the Biloxi Yacht Club, including a pool party, raffles, food and live music. Local businesses in Ocean Springs, Biloxi and Gulfport will be supplying gift cards and merchandise and prizes for the first and second place winners in several categories.

For more information, please contact Colby Cantrell at (251)-610-2267, Karen Byrd at (228)-806-5129 or by email at byc.pinkpaddle@gmail.com.

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Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box Derby

racers Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box DerbyThe 25th annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby was a success, with more than 30 competitors speeding across the finish line during the daylong event.

The race, held April 29 in Moss Point, was sponsored by the Chevron Black Employee Network (BEN) and Moss Point Active Citizens (MPAC). The Chevron Enabled and PRIDE Networks also supported the event.

Originally known as the Magnolia State Soap Box Derby, the event’s name was changed to honor Deborah Washington after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Washington started the event in 1992, and was a beloved Refinery employee known for her active community involvement.

The Derby draws participants from across the Southeast and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 21 who build their cars from kits. There are four divisions, which also includes the Super Kids division for special needs children.

Winners of all four Moss Point divisions advance to the compete in the All- American Soap Box Championship in Akron, Ohio.

More than 30 Refinery volunteers contributed to the success of the event by keeping the official heat times, hauling the derby cars from the finish line back to the start, swapping car wheels after each race, positioning the cars in the staging area, and even handing out bottled water.


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Ocean Springs 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Mississippi Municipal Service Company will be hosting their 7th annual Fun Run and Walk on Wednesday, July 26.

Individuals and Group participants from around Mississippi rise and shine early to get their juices flowing and start their day off with exercise. 

The race will start at 6:30 AM on the Ocean Springs side of the Biloxi Bridge. Participants may walk or run the bridge for $20.

The MMSC sponsors this event every year to raise money for the local Mississippi municipalities and its annual conference. The conference focuses on teaching programs that promote healthy municipalities.

If you haven’t already registered for the race, then you have until 2:00 PM today to do so. Participants can register at the Convention Center at booth # 1100. Your $20 registration fee includes: a bag, armband, keychain and t-shirt.

Parents may register children, so families are encouraged to come out and participate.

After the race is completed, various awards will be presented for top male and female runners. Additionally, the largest running group receives a plaque and a group photo.

The MMSC is expected to see a large crowd of over 100 participants. The event is rain or shine.

For more information: contact The Mississippi Municipal Service Company at 800-898-1032.

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Overflow 2017

Join the Magnolia Springs Assembly of God in Moss Point for this year’s Overflow event starting Sunday, July 23. 

This is a five day event with many guest speakers such as Bob Wilburn, Tommy Moore, Shane Warren & Choco De Jesus. Parents can be present at a powerful worship nightly while their kids enjoy the Kids’ Crusade. 

Check out the Overflow schedule below and come experience the power of God. 


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Catch more fish with science

Learn tips, techniques, and facts about Speckled Trout at this month’s Catch More Fish with Science at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs.

Catch More Fish with Science seminars are held on the third Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and teach locals and visitors how to have a successful fishing trip, focusing on a specific game fish each seminar. Attendees learn things from habits and habitats of the fish to how to prepare them in the kitchen.

This week’s featured scientist if Trevor Moncrief who will give tips about the speckled trout’s lifestyle and where you can find them throughout the year.

One session is $30 a person, which goes toward scholarships for kids to attend the GCRL’s summer camp and boat tours.

To register for a session or get more information, visit their website at http://gcrl.usm.edu/mec/fishing.seminars.php.

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