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Date: July 9, 2003 (03-57)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Salutes Former Congresswoman and Professor
Connie Morella’s Lifetime Achievements Celebrated on July 20;
Proceeds Will Go to New Morella Scholarship Fund

            On Sunday, July 20, the Montgomery College Alumni Association will honor former Congresswoman Connie Morella with a matinee benefit performance of the Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre musical “Hello, Dolly.”  The celebration, named “Hello, Connie,” will pay tribute to Morella’s 15-year career as an English professor at Montgomery College and her eight terms of service as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.  All proceeds from the event will go to a new scholarship in Morella’s name, enabling students who need financial aid to afford college. 

“Connie Morella remained close to Montgomery College as a state legislator and a member of Congress,” said Mahlon “Lon” Anderson, president of the Montgomery College Alumni Association.  “We appreciate all she has done – not only for her past students – but also for the county and the country.  She is an outstanding example of the kind of public servant that we like to think the College fostered and supports.”

During her tenure in Congress, Morella advocated on behalf of education, women, children, and the environment.  She co-chaired the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame.  Glamour magazine chose her as one of its “Women of the Year” for championing women’s issues.    

Throughout her career, Morella has remained dedicated to the local community. She was particularly devoted to education, having raised nine children, including six she adopted after the loss of her sister.  She holds 11 college degrees, which include nine honorary doctoral degrees, a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and a master’s of arts from American University.    

“Community colleges have given opportunities to so many people who have gone on to become leaders,” said Morella.  “I’m fully committed to community colleges, especially Montgomery College where I worked for 15 years.  I am pleased to have a scholarship in my name there.  That is the ultimate honor, because it will help a student with his or her education.”

Individual tickets to the “Hello, Connie!” tribute are $35 for adults and $28 for children under the age of 12 years old.  Ticket prices include a buffet, the performance of “Hello, Dolly,” and the salute to Morella.  The buffet opens at 1 p.m.  The show begins at 3 p.m. in the Theater Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event at $1,000 and $5,000.  With a gift of $100, guests will be named to Connie’s Honor Roll.  A donation of $250 will place guests on Connie’s Dean’s List.  For $500, guests will be named “Connie’s Valedictorians.” 

            For additional information on the “Hello, Connie!” tribute, ticket sales, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Montgomery College Alumni Office at 240-567-5378.

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