CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A retired public school teacher has donated $100,000 to Pfeiffer University that will benefit both students and special-needs children.
The donor, who has asked to remain anonymous, graduated from Pfeiffer, taught for almost three decades in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System and is an avid NASCAR fan.
Her gift will endow a program allowing Pfeiffer students to receive paid internships at Victory Junction Gang Camp, a camp in Randleman that serves children with chronic illnesses or serious medical conditions.
The camp was founded in 2004 by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Patty in memory of their son, former driver Adam Petty, who died in 2000.
“We are earnestly grateful for this dearly cherished donor’s charitable investment that will continue the Pfeiffer legacy of servant leadership through this distinctive internship program,” Chuck Ambrose, president of the university, says in a statement.
Founded in 1885 as a mission school to serve rural children, Pfeiffer now is a comprehensive university serving more than 2,100 students, more than nine in 10 of whom receive some form of financial assistance.
The gift will further the school’s mission, which includes preparing students for “servant leadership and lifelong learning,” says Ambrose.