Central Carolina Community College has received a pledge of $2 million – the largest single donation ever for the college – which will be used for scholarships, beginning a gunsmithing program, and more.

The pledge comes from E. Eugene Moore, a graduate of CCCC’s tool and die program and the owner of Bear Creek Arsenal in Sanford. The money will also be used to create a streamlined degree for set up technicians and keeping the school’s tool and die program innovative.

Additionally, Dr. Emily Hare of the CCCC Foundation said the college’s newly acquired Marelli campus will be named in Moore’s honor.

“Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Mr. Moore and his generous and kind heart,” Hare said. “Mr. Moore is a CCCC alum and understands the value of education and how it can be life changing. His donation will be transforming the lives of our students for many, many years.  Our students who this will impact are forever grateful that he believed in education and he believed in helping others. Most importantly, he believes in our students. For that, I am forever grateful.”

Julian Philpott, chairman of the CCCC Board of Trustees, said the gift will make a difference in many, many lives.

“We are most grateful to Mr. Moore for his extremely generous gift to the CCCC Foundation,” Philpott said. “His pledge represents the largest gift to the Foundation in its history and will provide scholarships for many students going forward who are seeking high quality educational experiences and job training to secure well-paying jobs.”

Lynda Turbeville, chair of the CCCC Foundation’s board, said the school is “awed” by Moore’s “generosity and vision.”

“This is an inspirational example of a person giving back to the institution that he attended and to the community,” she said. “It is immeasurable how great the impact will be in changing the lives of our students and to the overall growth of our area. We are deeply indebted to Mr. Moore.”