KAHEC Reception Showcases Center Expansion, Features Work of Kennett Native Sally Stapleton

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 13, 2004 – The Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) will hold a reception and gallery showing on Sept. 14 that will feature the work of Kennett native and photo journalist Sally Stapleton.

The event is scheduled for 5 – 7 p.m. at the higher education center, located at 1230 First Street in Kennett. The program will begin at 6:15 p.m.Stapleton, a former deputy executive photo editor for The Associated Press, led a team of photographers to receive two Pulitzer Prizes in photography for Africa coverage, including the Rwanda genocide and refugee flight in 1995 and the terrorist bombings in Nairobi and Dar-Es Salaam in 1999. Stapleton also led the coverage in stories as diverse as Princess Diana’s funeral in London, the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Iraq conflict and numerous political conventions and Olympic Games.

The KAHEC reception also will allow the community to view the expansion and improvements made at the Center as a result of donations given over the past several years, according to Marsha Blanchard, director of KAHEC.

“We are excited about this event for the community,” Blanchard said. “KAHEC has come a long way in four years with the generous support of the community. We would like to show off our facility and thank our communities.”

The Center will continue fund-raising efforts, and a donation board will be available at the reception from which supporters may select an item or piece of equipment they would like to purchase for the new science classroom. Contributions can be earmarked for specific equipment, or for general lab supplies and equipment, according to Blanchard.