Now in its ninth year the Preakness party was held at Warner Hall in Gloucester, Virginia.. The purpose of the party was to raise money for the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation (RCC/EFI). Each year, RCC/EFI awards scholarships that help students excel, and provides funds for creative projects and innovative programs not fully supported by state allocations. Attendance and donations also help support academic courses and community continuing education opportunities, higher education for twelve counties on both the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, the only local college campuses within a 3,000 square-mile area, and access to higher education via scholarships as Virginia state funding shrinks.
The mission of RCC is to promote personal growth among students and prepare them for success as learners, professionals, and citizens by providing quality educational experiences. Attending the Preakness Party was a pleasant way for guests to help RCC fulfill this mission