A record crowd of 350 guests enjoyed a dazzling night of formal wear, food, friends and fun at the Aiken Technical College Foundation’s sixth annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” gala earlier this month.


The annual gala raises money for a variety of student scholarships. While donations for this year’s event are still being received, contributions could help support up to 20 student scholarships.


“This event gives support to many of our students who are in need of financial assistance to reach their goals,” said ATC Foundation director Mary Commons.


A play on the 1960s dramatic film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” the gala welcomed attendees to the USC Aiken Convocation Center on a red carpet through the flash bulbs of the paparazzi – ATC digital photography student photographers.


Each year’s event features surprise entertainment with clues shared with guests leading up to the event, hinting as to who the entertainment might be. This year, the crowd danced to the tunes of Journey cover band Journey Unauthorized.


“The event was phenomenal thanks in large part to our sponsors and community members who support it every year,” Commons said.


This year’s main “producer level” sponsors were Kimberly-Clark, Savannah River Remediation and Shaw AREVA MOX Services. The “director level” sponsor was University Health Care Systems.


In addition to dinner and dancing, guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items donated by community businesses, such as jewelry, vacation weekends and spa visits.


The ATC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with community partners to secure resources to facilitate the mission and goals of ATC and its students.