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For Immediate Release (02-21)
Date: May 3, 2002 
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 

Montgomery College Foundation Launches
$10 Million Campaign
         Proceeds to Enhance Takoma Park Campus Expansion

 The Montgomery College Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $10 million in private funds to support the College’s Takoma Park campus expansion. 

The Takoma Park, Silver Spring Campus Campaign is designed to ensure that the expanded campus maintains its high level of academic distinction and excellence and becomes a dominant community presence in lifelong learning and cultural enrichment.

Campaign proceeds will be used to expand and enhance academic programs, provide scholarship opportunities, create and equip computer laboratories, expand the existing health sciences curriculum, offer continuing education opportunities, and establish diverse cultural arts programs for students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.

The capital campaign promises to further enhance the success of the $88.8 million campus expansion, launched last month as an overflow crowd of community leaders and College supporters attended a ceremonial demolition event. 

 “It’s imperative for the Takoma Park Campus to be a part of the Silver Spring renaissance,” said campaign co-chair Roscoe Nix, “and the fact that it is expanding, both programmatically and physically, enhances and accelerates that renaissance.”

Co-chair Mary Frances leMat said she’s thrilled about the campus expansion.  “It's long overdue for the students,” said leMat, “and it's a wonderful enhancement of South Silver Spring, which will greatly benefit the residents and the businesses of Silver Spring."

leMat, president and CEO of Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. and Nix, past chair of the NAACP, Montgomery County Chapter, are joined as campaign co-chairs by Morgan Wootten (MC Class of ’52), internationally acclaimed basketball coach of DeMatha High School and member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

The campaign, which to date has raised over $3 million, will focus on four levels of private support: leadership gifts from $500,000 to $10 million; major gifts from $50,000 to $499, 999; special gifts from $2,500 to $49,999; and alumni and employee gifts from $50 to $10 million.

For more information about the Takoma Park, Silver Spring Campus Campaign, contact the Montgomery College Foundation at 240-567-7488.  For more information on the college, visit

The Montgomery College Foundation is the independent, fund raising arm of the College. 

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