HCC Foundation Announces $250,000 Matching Challenge

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The Highland Community College Foundation is pleased to announce a new matching gift challenge called “Double Play.” Thanks to a very generous anonymous donor from Jo Daviess County, the Highland Foundation is welcoming donations that will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

The Double Play matching gift challenge kicks off Wednesday, May 1, 2013. At which time, donations to the Highland Community College Foundation of up to $50,000 a year for the next five years will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Donors who wish to participate can designate their gift to the “greatest needs of Highland Community College” or to the current major gift campaign, Growing for tomorrow…changing lives today.

Contributions to the major gift campaign have been used to fund the construction of the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing built to help meet the challenge of training significant numbers of highly qualified health care professionals such as nurses, medical assistants and emergency medical technicians. Additionally, the facility has been designated as an Emergency Care Center in the event of a disaster in the Highland district.

Campaign donations have also supported the construction of the Wind Turbine Technician Training Center. This center provides a state-of-the art training facility for this new career opportunity, which has a major future in green energy development.

Donations to the major gift campaign, which have recently surpassed $2.5 million, along with revenue from debt certificates issued by the College, have allowed both the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing and the Wind Turbine technician Technology Center to be constructed and occupied by students and faculty. However, more than $3.5 million remains to be raised so that the Foundation can fulfill its pledge to retire the debt, according to James M. Berberet, Foundation Executive Director.

If you would like to take advantage of “doubling” your donation for local higher education, please contact the Foundation office at 815-599-3413 to request additional information and to secure a donation form. Highland Community College and the Foundation thank you for your consideration and for helping to build a better future for higher education in northwest Illinois.

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