$1,500 Cruise and Scholarship Fundraising

This year’s 27th Annual Explosion of Excellence will be held in May at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  This program honors the academic achievements of the graduating high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their classes in all area high schools in Jackson County (including the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science).  The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County.  It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.


The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce has an exciting way to be part of supporting local high school students’ future education.  As part of Explosion of Excellence Fundraiser, the McDonald’s® Descher Organization is selling raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a $1,500 Gift Card from Royal Caribbean Cruises. Individual tickets are $20, two can be purchased for $30 and five tickets can be purchased for $50.  The drawing will be held at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce on April 28th at 9:30 a.m.  All money benefits the 2017 Explosion of Excellence Scholarship Fund for the top ten percent of students in Jackson County.  Tickets can be purchased from the McDonald’s® Descher Organization or Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.


The winner of this raffle can choose a cruise to any destination. There is no expiration date of the card, and it can be applied to any booking fees and onboard fees of a Royal Caribbean Cruise Liner.  (Note: Royal Caribbean Cruise Liner does not depart from New Orleans or Mobile.)


The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship—all of which are 100 percent tax deductible.  These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished.  The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence and mailing it to “Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS  39568-0480.”


Explosion of Excellence Scholarship Contribution Form 2017


Current contributors as of April 13, 2017:


AARP – Jackson County Chapter # 1213

Albemarle Corporation

Allen Beverages, Inc.

Allred Architectural Group

Anola Club of Pascagoula


Ashbaker, Tom & Mary – In Honor of The Descher Family

Apache Industrial Services

Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina

Baber Strunk Enterprises – In Memory of Dot Gilmer and Alice Hague

Bacot/McCarty Foundation

Barnes, Geraldine – In Memory of Shirley H. Barnes & Ephraim Barnes & In Memory of Glennis “Nick” Barnes & Maxine Barnes McLaughlin

Barr, Robert C. & Vivian K. – In Memory of Earl H. Meyer

Beau Rivage Casino & Resort

Bienville Animal Medical Center

Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service – In Memory of John R. Blossman

Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan, PLLC

Celarec, Barbara – In Memory of Gretchen Duescher

Celarec, Barbara – In Memory of Michael Celarec

Chevron Pascagoula Refinery

City of Pascagoula

Community Bank

Compton and Son Appliance

Compton Engineering, Inc.

Concannon, Mike & Bettie – In Memory of Coach Melinda Mitchell

Dent, Hayden and Sandy

Dr. & Mrs. Richard Christmas

Dr. Bill Descher

Dr. & Mrs. Eric Lucas

Dr. & Mrs. Paul H. Moore

Dr.  & Mrs. Charles Wilson

East Central High School

Estabrook Ford Lincoln Nissan

Estabrook Toyota Scion

First Chemical Corporation

First Federal Savings & Loan of Pascagoula – Moss Point

Fontaine, JoAnne – In Memory of Doug L. Fontaine, II

Friends of Explosion of Excellence – In Memory of Dell Edge Wheeler, Janet & Fippinger Ramstad, Sara Selence Malone & Charlotte Seymour

Hacienda San Miguel Mexican Restaurant

Hancock Bank

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer & Burrow, P.A.

Home Town Lumber & Supply, Inc.

Ingalls Shipbuilding

Jackson County Board of Supervisors

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Kyle Todd

Jana Walmsley Memorial Fund – In Memory of Jana Walmsley

Jerry Lee’s Grocery

Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula – Moss Point

Keesler Federal Credit Union

L.L. Bond & Company

Lisa Cannon, Edward Jones

Lee Tracy Ocean Springs – In Memory of Kyle Todd

Mangum, Mike & Joy

Mayor Connie Moran, City of Ocean Springs

Mayor Jim & Michele Blevins, City of Pascagoula

McCormick, Susan & David

McDonald’s Descher Organization

Merchants and Marine Bank

Mississippi Export Railroad Company

Mississippi Eye Associates

Mississippi Power

Mississippi Power Community Connections, Jackson County Chapter

Mississippi Security Police

Navigator Credit Union

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street-Tourism Bureau

Ocean Springs Rotary Club

Ocean Springs School District

Omega Protein

Oswald, Robert and Betty

Pascagoula Bar Pilots Association

Pascagoula-Gautier School District

Pecan Park Elementary PTO

Propeller Club of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Inc.

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Ken Baker

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Melinda Mitchell

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Robert McIlrath

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Steve Cruthirds

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Terry Monk

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament/Glenn Reeves State Farm Insurance

Pugh Associates, LLC – In Honor of Gayla Stroble

Pugh, Jason & Deanna – In Honor of the 2017 Graduates of MGCCC

Pugh, Thomas – In Memory of Gayla Stroble

Regional Digestive Specialists, PC

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Vertilla Anderson

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Arthemese Pope

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Gene Stauter

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Glenmary Seay

Roberts, Gayle T. – In Memory of Ryan Spencer Roberts, Pascagoula Class of 2006

Rotary Club of Gautier

Rotary Club of Moss Point – In Memory of Carol Hewlett and In Honor of Harry McDonald

Rotary Club of Pascagoula

Scranton’s Restaurant & Catering – In Memory of Laverne Rasco, Maxine & Ed Akridge, Marilyn Zuill, Hugh Moore & Ben Pickett

Singing River Electric Power Association

Southeast Mississippi Home Builders Association, Inc.

St. Martin High School

St. Pé, Jerry & Joann

Sunplex Bridge Group of St. Andrews

Team Waste of Mississippi, LLC

The First –  A National Banking Association

The Peoples Bank

Theta Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Terral, Tasha E – In Honor of Nina Terral

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Foundation

Willis Towers Watson

Young Men’s Business Club of Moss Point

Zonta Club of Pascagoula Area


To answer any questions, please call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email Anna Slepova, Director of Membership Services, at Chamber@jcchamber.com.

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