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Burleigh Fund to donate $25,000 as lead donor for Chesapeake College Fitness Center Campaign
Center named for retiring President Bounds at donor’s request

WYE MILLS – The Julia T. Burleigh Philanthropic Fund announced Tuesday it will be the lead donor for Chesapeake College’s $100,000 Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign, agreeing to make a $25,000 donation.

As the lead donor, the Burleigh Fund exercised its right to name the Fitness Center, which will be known as the Stuart M. Bounds Fitness Center. Jim Barton, the fund’s director, said naming the center for Chesapeake’s retiring president is a small token of appreciation for all Dr. Bounds has meant to the college and the region.

"Dr. Bounds has done so much for Chesapeake College, and for the region the college serves," said Barton, a Queen Anne resident who also serves on the Chesapeake College Foundation Board.

"I appreciate both the Burleigh Fund’s willingness to serve as our lead donor and the decision to name the center in my honor," said Dr. Bounds. "The Burleigh Fund has been very generous to Chesapeake College, and this is just the latest example of that generosity."

Dr. Richard Midcap, Chesapeake’s vice president for student success and the chair of the Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign, said the Burleigh Fund donation comes at an opportune time.

"We are just getting ready to officially kick off the campaign with our first major mailing and a series of visits to local service organizations seeking their participation," said Midcap. "This is a wonderful way to launch our efforts."

Midcap said Lauren Halterman, the college’s resource development director and executive director of the Chesapeake College Foundation, was instrumental in connecting the Burleigh Fund and the Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign.

"Lauren, who is on our Fitness Center Fundraising Committee, arranged for me to speak to the foundation about our needs," said Midcap. "Mr. Barton quickly stepped forward with this generous offer on behalf of the Burleigh Fund."

The Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign will benefit the college’s student athletes, general student population, and the growing number of college employees who use cardio and weight-training facilities for wellness activities. The general student population includes members of the public who sign up for a continuing education course that allows them to use the cardio and weight rooms as well as the gym during specified hours.

The plan is to raise the entire $100,000 by June 2008, allowing the college to purchase new treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, and steppers for the Cardio Room in addition to completely outfitting the Weight Room with a comprehensive array of weight-training equipment while providing typical amenities for both rooms.

In addition to Midcap and Halterman, the fundraising committee includes Professor Ed Baker, Athletic Director Frank Szymanski, Public Information Director Marcie Molloy, Facilities Director Monte Garrettson, and Continuing Education & Workforce Training Office Associate Lois Thomas.

Anyone interested in contributing to the campaign is encouraged to contact Midcap by phone (410-827-5858) or email (

The Julia T. Burleigh Philanthropic Fund announced Tuesday it will be the lead donor for the Chesapeake College Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign. The Fund is contributing $25,000 to the campaign to equip the Fitness Center, which at the request of the Fund will be named in honor of Chesapeake College’s retiring president, Dr. Stuart M. Bounds. Pictured, left to right, at the announcement ceremony in the College’s weight room are: Athletic Director Frank Szymanski, Professor Ed Baker, Dr. Bounds, Burleigh Fund Director Jim Barton, Fitness Center Fundraising Committee Chair Dr. Rich Midcap, and Resource Development Director Lauren Halterman.
Photo by Marcie Molloy

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