HCC Foundation donations up by $500,000

The Harford Community College Foundation told the board of trustees at Tuesday evening's meeting that it had raised $1.35 million in the most recent fiscal year, and it was just getting started.

That total is an increase of more than $500,000 over the $800,000 of the previous fiscal year. The year before that, the foundation raised about $600,000.

Last year's $1.35 million includes the support of about 70 percent of the school's employees giving back financially to their employer.

"I think it should be 100 percent," HCC Trustee John Haggerty said about the employee participation in giving back to HCC.

In a wide-ranging report to the college's trustees, the foundation representatives touted their fundraising successes, the progress of on-going fundraising efforts and how the money raised was distributed.

The biggest success was naming rights, which accounted for $600,000 of the $1.35 million. The two biggest were Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union paying for the naming rights to the now-under construction Susquehanna Center arena and Dixie Construction agreeing to pay $150,000 for naming rights to the fitness area in the arena.

In an on-going campaign, the foundation has sold naming rights to 502 of the 1,100 seats in the new arena. The Name a Seat, Make a Difference is seeking $100 donations for each seat that will have the donor's name affixed to the armrest of the seat.

Other successful fundraising efforts include 90 people becoming members of the President's Circle, denoting gifts of $1,000 or more, allowing the group to give more than $300,000 to the college.

Another fundraising success story – the foundation's summer golf tournament – just finished its 19th year as one of the most successful golf tournaments in Harford County, raising $40,000 to $45,000 annually.

The foundation also received a $17,000 split with the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation from the first Adam Thompson Walk this year. He was a 2010 North Harford High School graduate who was killed in a motor vehicle accident and his family started the walk as a fundraiser to keep his memory alive.

The foundation reported giving $346,000 in scholarships to 330 students during the last fiscal year. It also awarded $25,000 to numerous college-supported initiatives on campus.

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