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Petra College Announces First
Annual Fundraising Gala Ball to
Support Education Initiatives

(HAMMOND, Louisiana) - June 2, 2023 - Petra College, a local proprietary school dedicated to educating students for vital medical careers in the community, is delighted to announce its first annual Fundraising Gala Ball.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the esteemed Chappapeela Sports Park.

Founded in 2014, Petra College has been committed to fulfilling its mission of providing students with the necessary skills and knowledge for in-demand medical professions. The college takes great pride in its ability to support both students and the local economy. Over the years, Petra College has graduated more than 400 students, boasting an impressive graduate employment rate of over 80%.

Recognizing the importance of continuous improvement, Petra College has identified several administrative initiatives that will further enhance the educational experience for its students. These initiatives include technological advancements, expanded curriculums, staff and student training programs, as well as increased scholarship opportunities.

To support these endeavors, Petra College has partnered with the Petra Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, allowing donors to receive tax deductions for their contributions.

In light of these objectives, Petra College cordially invites esteemed members of the community to participate as local sponsors for the first annual Fundraising Gala Ball. As an established business in the North Shore area, your support will play a crucial role in helping Petra College fulfill its mission of providing students with career-oriented education.

There are two sponsorship options available - deadline, Friday, July 24, 2023:

Table Sponsorship: You may purchase a table for 8 individuals at $800 or a half table for 4 individuals at $400. This provides an excellent opportunity to network with other community members and showcase your business's commitment to education.

General Donation: If you are unable to attend the Gala Ball but still wish to contribute, any donation will be greatly appreciated and tax-deductible.

To participate as a sponsor, please contact Petra College at

Your generous contribution will make a significant impact on the lives of Petra College students and the community as a whole.

"We extend our sincere gratitude to all sponsors who will join us at this momentous event," said Regina Showers-Gordon, President of Petra College. "Your support will help us empower our students, enhance their educational experience, and contribute to the growth of our local economy."

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Petra College would like to express its heartfelt appreciation for considering this request and supporting the education initiatives of the institution

We eagerly anticipate your presence at the first annual Fundraising Gala Ball on October 28, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. Together, we can make a difference.

About Petra College:
Founded in 2014, Petra College is a local proprietary school in Hammond, Louisiana, dedicated to educating students for medical careers that are essential to the community. Accredited for certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, and phlebotomists, the college has successfully graduated over 400 students, boasting an impressive graduate employment rate of over 80%.

Petra College is located at: 1814 N. Morrison Blvd, Ste. A & B, Hammond, Louisiana 70401. For more information, visit

About Regina Showers-Gordon
Regina Showers-Gordon, founder and president of Petra College is the first African American woman to be awarded national accreditation in rural Hammond, Louisiana.

"Petra College earning national accreditation is a significant achievement demonstrating that it holds quality standards and is engaged in continuous improvement," says Mrs. Showers-Gordon. "It also means that our college has competent instructors and a course load that can prepare students for the next steps in their careers and education."

Petra College promotes innovative and effective higher education programs that are worthy of replication at other institutions. The accreditation bestowed on the prestigious college comes from Atlanta-The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

The award of accreditation status is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the Commission, but also the needs of students, the community, and employers.

The Commission’s evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission’s member institutions from other states.

Petra College began its self-study in March 2019 and underwent a team visit in November 2021.

Showers-Gordon is known as an effective leader in her position and community. She leads the way with an unprecedented track record of improving educational outcomes in rural areas.

Petra College was selected for the 2019 Best of Hammond Award in the College category by the Hammond Award Program.
Each year, the Hammond Award Program identifies companies who have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Hammond area a great place to live, work and play.

Petra College is located at: 1814 N. Morrison Blvd, Ste. A & B, Hammond, Louisiana 70401. For more information, visit

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