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CCBC reaches halfway mark toward meeting NEH Challenge
Gifts and pledges reach $527,000

CCBC has reached the halfway mark for its National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant.

One of only six community colleges nationally to receive this grant award, CCBC had to agree to a two-to-one match where every dollar offered by NEH ($500,000) must be matched with two dollars in new nonfederal donations.

Grainger gift
Representatives from Grainger presented CCBC with a check for $10,000 in support of the NEH challenge Grant. Pictured are (from left) Iain McLean, Grainger branch manager; Beverly Vinzant, NEH campaign chair; CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis; Sheela Murthy, honorary NEH campaign chair; Tim Poggioli, Grainger service manager; and Richard Yaffe, CCBC Foundation chair.

CCBC acquired this grant in 2011 and the money is designated to establish a Center for Global Education which includes the renovation of CCBC’s historical Hilton Mansion, the future location for the Center.

Prominent immigration attorney and honorary NEH campaign chair Sheela Murthy proudly announced reaching the midpoint at the NEH kickoff, held in November 2012. The news of the $527,000 in gifts and pledges marks a milestone achievement in the college’s history.

At the NEH kickoff, CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis expressed her gratitude to donors and volunteers for their tremendous support and commitment to investing in the future of the college. “We are fortunate to have a great group of individuals who share our passion for education, said President Kurtinitis. “And we are extremely grateful for their philanthropic support.”

During the kickoff announcement, several major contributions were presented including check presentations from Grainger, the Loverde Family Foundation and the Catonsville Chapter of the CCBC Alumni Association. Through the generosity of many, CCBC is one step closer to raising the $1 million needed to meet the NEH matching requirement for the challenge grant.

According to campaign chair Beverly Vinzant, “we are poised to meet our fundraising goal and I am excited to be a part of this initiative to help raise funds in support of CCBC’s Global Education program and restore the Hilton Mansion.”

As a former employee of the college, Ms. Vinzant once worked in the mansion with her late husband Graham Vinzant, the first dean of students at then-Catonsville Community College. Her commitment to raising the funds needed to restore the mansion to its former elegance is evident in her leadership and support.

CCBC officials plan to host a series of events and initiatives to raise the additional dollars required for the NEH Challenge to bring awareness and support to the campaign. To make a donation, call 443-840-3118.

January 3, 2013

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