Peggy Rakes graduated from PHCC in 2006 with an Associate in Applied Science in Business Technology, Management and a Certificate in General Business. Rakes enrolled in classes at PHCC after her employer, a textile company in Patrick County, announced it was going to downsize. Now the owner of a small business, Rakes attributes the decision to become an entrepreneur to the college classes she took, particularly the Small Business management class. As owner of Silks, Ribbons and Roses Florist, Rakes has had the opportunity to use a personal passion as a livelihood and a contribution to her community. She has donated arrangements and her time to various fundraising and charitable functions, including the March of Dimes, local churches, rescue squads and the Patrick County Junior/Senior Prom. The floral arrangements for the past two PHCC Distinguished Alumni Dinners were created by Rakes, as will be this years' arrangements.