Cardinal Foundation

Cardinal Foundation

Events & Fundraisers

The Swoop Sprint 5K is a family-friendly scholarship fundraiser hosted by Gadsden State and the Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation. The purpose of the event is to raise money for student scholarships. It is a Gadsden Runners Club Prix Event. Last year's the Swoop Sprint raised $8,900.

Congratulations to our 2022 Swoop Sprint Scholarship recipients:

  • Technical Scholarship: Tanner Harry
  • Cherokee Campus Scholarship: Kaitlyn Meats
  • East Broad/Gadsden Campus Scholarship: Molly Lopez
  • Ayers Campus Scholarship: Haven Freeman 
  • Valley Street Campus Scholarship: Brittany White

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The Cardinal Foundation held a luncheon for scholarship recipients on September 22, 2022 in the One Stop Center on the East Broad Campus. See an album of photos from the event.

2022 Scholarship Luncheon


Community Movie Night, the first Cardinal Café fundraiser, will be held Dec. 16 and 17 at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center. It will feature the timeless classic, “A Christmas Story.” There are two different experiences available to those who want to support the Cardinal Foundation while having fun.

On Dec. 16, the Holiday Mix and Mingle will begin at 6 p.m. It will include a silent auction, appetizers and cider from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The movie will begin at the conclusion of the Mix and Mingle. Tickets are $35 per person.

The Dec. 17 event is Family Fun Night. It will begin at 5 p.m. with an hour of fun activities, including Letters to Santa, Coloring with Swoop, cookie decorating for the first 50 children and carolers. The movie will begin at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12.50 per person or four for $40.

Both events will include a special photo opportunity on a set from “A Christmas Story” with characters Ralphie, Randy, Mother Parker and Old Man Parker. The set and characters are provided by the Theatre of Gadsden.



The Cardinal Foundation presents several scholarships each year to Gadsden State students. The application will reopen in January 2023 so that students may apply for Cardinal Foundation Scholarships for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

Apply for Cardinal Foundation Scholarships

About Us


The Cardinal Foundation exists to support the mission of Gadsden State Community College and provide opportunities for students.


The Cardinal Foundation is an approved IRS 501(c)(3) support organization established to raise, manage, distribute and steward private resources to support the mission of Gadsden State. The Foundation is managed and controlled by a Board of Directors.


The Cardinal Foundation
P.O. Box 8265, Gadsden, AL 35902
Tax ID #46-0730246

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Members of the Board of Directors represent one of the three counties where Gadsden State campuses are located — Etowah, Calhoun and Cherokee counties.

  • President: Tommie Goggans III
  • Vice President: Eric Crabtree
  • Secretary: Gerri Langley
  • Treasurer: Steve Hildebrant 
  • Past President: Mark Condra

Board Members

  • Lynn King
  • Nanda Patel
  • Ricky Ray
  • Honorable Tim Burgess
  • Major General Eric Crabtree
  • Bryan Dorsett
  • Eric Ellis
  • Heather New
  • Theresa Hulgan
  • David Hooks
  • Trudy Lowe
  • Gayle Macolly
  • Anna Moore
  • Scott Shofner
  • Jonathan Tang
  • Davis Varner
  • Bess Yarbrough
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