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Skipjacks schedule Katrina fundraiser
Event to be part of September 17th quadruple-header

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College’s Athletic Department will be doing its part to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The college’s Region XX and Northeast Division champion baseball team will donate proceeds from September 17th concession sales to the college’s Gulf Coast Relief Fund. Chesapeake plays four games that day, opening with a 10 a.m. doubleheader against Mt. Airy American Legion followed by a twin bill against Community College Baltimore County-Essex.

"Our coaches and our players really wanted to do something to contribute to the relief effort," said Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake College athletic director and baseball head coach. "Our hearts go out to everyone who’s been impacted by that terrible tragedy."

The team will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, drink and snacks at the concession stand beside the field. Donations for the fund will also be accepted.

This event is part of a larger fund-raising plan by the college.

Chesapeake College President Stuart M. Bounds recently appointed Lauren Halterman, the college’s Director of Resource Development, to head the fund-raising campaign, entitled "Chesapeake College Cares: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief." Student Government Association President Heather Sterling was appointed campaign co-chair.

Halterman is overseeing a two-week (September 9-23) internal giving campaign that is soliciting contributions from all Chesapeake College employees, the Board of Trustees, and Chesapeake’s students. Student donations will be collected as part of the college’s previously scheduled Student Organization Recruitment Week (September 12-16).

Contributors can earmark a portion of their contribution for an "Adopt-a-Family" campaign. That campaign will assist the family of Chesapeake College employee Tammy Jones, which was displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Community members will also be able to contribute to the fund through Chesapeake College’s Office of Resource Development. Checks should be made payable to Chesapeake College, with the notation "Gulf Coast Disaster Relief," and mailed to: Chesapeake College, c/o Lauren Halterman, P.O. Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679. (For more information, please visit Chesapeake College’s website at www.chesapeake.edu.)

Donations are tax-deductible.

All funds – except those specifically earmarked for the Jones family – collected from all sources by September 23rd will be turned over to the American Red Cross via one check from Chesapeake College.

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