Fitness Center Donors

American Legion donation

Burleigh Fund, AL Post 278 provided major Fitness Center donations

The Julia T. Burleigh Philanthropic Fund was the lead donor for Chesapeake College's Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign, agreeing to make a $25,000 donation to help fund the purchase of the equipment for the renovated and expanded Fitness Center that opened in August 2008.

As the lead donor, the Burleigh Fund exercised its right to name the Fitness Center, which is known as the Stuart M. Bounds Fitness Center. Jim Barton, the fund's director, said naming the center for Dr. Bounds who retired as Chesapeake's president in June 2008 was 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.

Kent Island American Legion Post 278,which has a tradition of charitable giving to Chesapeake College, continued with that tradition by donating $10,000 to the fundraising campaign.

"We actually started our involvement with Chesapeake College about 1980, when we donated our first $10,000 to start the Wrightson Tolson Scholarship," said Hugo Gemignani, chair of Post 278's Charity Committee. "I think that fund now has two or three hundred thousand dollars in it. Chesapeake College is one of the primary recipients of our charitable donations."

In addition to the Wrightson Tolson Scholarship annually awarded to Chesapeake College students from Queen Anne's County Post 278 established the Robert E. McCauley Scholarship in 2003 to provide scholarships to Chesapeake College student athletes. The Legion has also financially supported other Athletic Department activities, including the baseball team's trip to the 2005 NJCAA Division II World Series as the Northeast District champion.

Dr. Richard Midcap, Chesapeake's vice president for student success and the chair of the Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign, said the Burleigh Fund and American Legion Post 278 donations were "absolutely critical to the success of our campaign to equip the new Fitness Center."

"Those donations were the cornerstone of our campaign," said Dr. Midcap.

The fundraising committee included Professor Ed Baker, Athletic Director Frank Szymanski, Development Director Lauren Halterman, Public Information Director Marcie Molloy, Facilities Director Monte Garrettson, and Continuing Education & Workforce Training Office Associate Lois Thomas.

List of Donors

MVP ($25,000 and above)

Julia T. Burleigh Philanthropic Fund

All-American ($10,000-$24,999)

American Legion Post 278

All-Star ($3,000-$9,999)

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund (Harold Baines)

Skipjack ($1,000-$2,999)

American Legion Dorchester Post 91
Bay Carpets Flooring America
Stuart M. Bounds and Family
Richard Midcap and Family
William Seth and Family
VFW Post #7464

Green Team ($250-$999)

Easton Ruritan Club
Giant Food
Kent Island B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2576
Dr. John R. Kotula
Narrows Restaurant, Inc.

Blue Team (Up to $249)

Berrang Family Motors
Marion and Barbara Dryden
Andree and Patrick Fee
Debbie Urry

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