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CFCC Michael McGowan Endowed Scholarship; Culinary Arts Program

When Michael McGowan died in October, 2012, his family, friends, customers and the entire community lost a special person.  Although Michael lived with a life-threatening physical condition, cystic fibrosis, it never really limited or defined who he was or how he lived.
He and his wife Shelly poured their energies and imagination into their family and their business, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant.  Michael and Shelly became a vital part of this island and  we have been richer as a community for all that they have given and done.
 We all knew Michael as the local “Chowder King” and owner of a seafood restaurant but what made him a person so loved and respected was the way he choose to live his life: to be active in his community by sponsoring athletic teams; giving a percentage of a day’s income to a local school; holding an annual golf tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Duke Medical Center; to always greet his customers with enthusiasm and genuine desire to provide them with the best seafood he knew how to prepare. There was nothing limited in the life of Michael McGowan except too short a time with us.
 Now it’s time for us to give back and to honor Michael’s memory. Now we have the chance to continue giving others fresh opportunities, just as Michael and Shelly have done for so long.  Shelly has established a scholarship at Cape Fear Community College in Michael’s name. The scholarship will be for students wishing to study the culinary arts and will be administered by the Cape Fear Community College Foundation.  Many of us have asked what could we do to honor Michael McGowan. Here is a way to do that and to also  be part of creating a path for others to realize their dreams of becoming a chef and perhaps  opening a restaurant. Please consider  making a donation to the scholarship fund.  All gifts will be important, all gifts will be appreciated, and no gift will be too small (or too large).  For additional information you may contact anyone listed below. Carol Montgomery -910-264-1943, Mac Montgomery -910-264-7862, Shelly McGowan –910-458-7761, and Kay Warren—910-362-7331.