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​​NCC Announces Spring Fundraising Events


Nash Community College has designated Saturday, May 2, 2015 as a day to raise money enabling hard working students to pay for college through student scholarships. The Inaugural Nash Community College Run for Knowledge 5K will be held on campus that morning. Later in the day, the 8th Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge will occur at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson.

The Run for Knowledge race, hosted by Nash Community College, will begin at 8:30 am at the new Continuing Education and Public Services Building located on Eastern Avenue. Runners will take off for the trees in a race that features a combination of road and trail. Additional information, including online registration, race rules and a complete course map is available at

The Run for Knowledge is hosted by Nash Community College is held in conjunction with the annual Ride for Knowledge. Proceeds from the Run for Knowledge benefit the Nash Community College Foundation and Student Government Association. Event sponsors include Rocky Mount Brewmill, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Belton & Schrimper, Chick-Fil-A of Cobb Corners, Quality Books, Oak Hall Cap & Gown, Pierce Group Benefits, Savory Favors by Nancy Sasser, The Uniform House and the Nash Community College Student Government Association.

Register here for the Run for Knowledge:

The Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge, held on Saturday, May 2 at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson, serves as a tribute to Jack Laughery, the former CEO and chairman of the Hardee’s restaurant chain along with his wife, Helen and their love of motorcycling and support of higher education. All proceeds from the motorcycle ride benefit the Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship Fund at Nash Community College.

The ride is rain or shine and registration will begin at 9:30am and the ride will begin at 11:00am. The cost per rider is $20 and includes an hour long ride through beautiful western Nash County escorted by Nash County Sheriff’s Office, breakfast, lunch by Doug Sauls’ BBQ & Seafood, a unique ride pin and a “Cash is King” raffle ticket! Plus, attendees can enjoy music by NCC’s Big Bang Radio WNIA 89.1 FM, the Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson Burn Out Pit, the Jump Start Experience and more. All bikes are welcome.

The Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship was established in 2004 to recognize the Laugherys’ philanthropic endeavors and outstanding leadership for the betterment of the Nash/Rocky Mount area. This fund provides annual scholarships to help deserving nontraditional students who return to college to enhance their marketable job skills. Fifty scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship’s establishment.

Register here for the Ride for Knowledge:

Event sponsors are: Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson, Carolina Eagle Budweiser Distributors, Inc., Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Key Printing and Storage, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Artisan Tattoo Studio, Rocky Mount H.O.G Chapter, Twin County Motorsports, Chick-Fil-A of Cobb Corners, Doug Sauls’ BBQ & Seafood, Boondocks Brewing, Institutional Interiors, Bobby Murray Toyota and Wheeler and Woodlief.

Jack Laughery aimed to make the community better, and this event is a tribute to his legacy. In many ways, he may be remembered as a “Hometown Hero” for the economic development of the greater Rocky Mount area. Jack was a Patriot who loved his Country, enjoyed motorcycling and truly valued education. In addition to Jack and the Laughery Family, the event honors local hometown heroes. This group includes first responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical emergency professionals, and military veterans. These individuals dedicate their lives to ensure the community’s well-being. Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans will also be on-site. For more information including online registration, visit

The college is seeking additional sponsorship for both events. Those interested in becoming a sponsor may call 252-451-8329 or email​