Benefit dinner will help Ghanaian children

March 19, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

Good food, interesting culture and the opportunity to help put 14 Ghanaian children through school will be served up at Maryville College’s third annual Bompata Benefit Dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m., Thurs., March 29 at the Martin Luther King Center in Alcoa.

Maryville College has fostered a friendship with the town of Bompata, Ghana, since 2004, when Frank Twum-Barimah, the son of a Presbyterian minister of the small village, graduated from the liberal arts college.

In six years, MC has contributed to the construction of a clean water well for the local high school, sent academic books and new computers to the local middle school and sent Bonner Scholars to teach in the schools during the summer months.

In January 2009, following a three-week travel-study trip to Bompata, a group of MC students committed to raising enough funds to send 14 village children through primary, middle and secondary schooling. The total cost of tuition for one child per trimester is 35 Ghanaian cedi – the equivalent of $22 in U.S. currency.

Tickets for the dinner are $5 for students, $10 for adults and $20 for a family of four or more and may be purchased by emailing

Persons who are unable to attend the dinner but would like to donate to the scholarship fund can send a check to the Center for Campus Ministry. (The check should be made out to Maryville College with “Bompata Scholarship Fund” written on the memo line.)

For more information, please call 865.981.8299.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.