The East Carolina Alumni Association is proud to announce a new partnership with one of the largest employers in eastern North Carolina.
PotashCorp Aurora (PCS Phosphate) will be a presenting sponsor for the association’s signature events in 2015-2016: the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic, the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner, the Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run, and Buccaneer Buffet.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have PotashCorp Aurora as a presenting sponsor,” said Shawn Moore ’91, ’98, director alumni programs. “Their sponsorship shows their commitment to our programs for the East Carolina community. Sponsorships allow more proceeds from events to go to our scholarship fund and other programs, so the benefits go right back to students and alumni.”
PotashCorp Aurora sources phosphate ore (the remains of ancient sea life) and produces fertilizer, feed and industrial products to be shipped around the world. Located in Beaufort County, it is one of the largest such facilities in the world.
The decision to become a presenting sponsor was an easy one, according to W. Ray McKeithan, a 1987 graduate of ECU and the manager of public and government affairs for PotashCorp Aurora.
“The alumni base is a loyal, influential, passionate group devoted to success at East Carolina University, and throughout the region,” McKeithan said. “It speaks to the value of shared experiences and the quality of an ECU education!”
The company hopes to raise awareness of what they do and how they do it, McKeithan said. “Our operating values focus on safe operations, environmental stewardship, being a low-cost supplier of high-quality products, and also on continuous improvement. The more alumni that know about the challenges we face, and our opportunities to achieve, the more support we’ll receive at all levels of government and business – and throughout the Pirate Nation.”
PotashCorp Aurora joins Hilton Greenville the as the presenting sponsors of the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic, which will take place Friday, September 25 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Scholarship program. Registration is now open!
By Jackie Drake