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Chesapeake College kicks off Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College officials announced Thursday night that the college will undertake a $100,000 fundraising campaign to outfit a renovated Fitness Center in the college’s physical education building.

"Our student athletes receive outstanding coaching, strong academic support services, and access to well-maintained fields and courts," Chesapeake College President Stuart Bounds told those attending the college’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner. "The one area where we feel we could provide improved resources is in the area of training equipment. We know our cardio and weight equipment needs to be replaced, and we think the community will support this fund-raising effort."

Dr. Bounds noted that the college’s Fitness Center is also used by the general student population and by the college’s employees through Chesapeake’s Wellness Program.

"This fundraising campaign will benefit all the groups that use our Fitness Center," said Dr. Bounds.

Dr. Richard Midcap, the college’s vice president for student success, will chair the Fitness Center Fundraising Campaign. Dr. Midcap will be working with a college-wide committee that includes Athletic Director Frank Szymanski, Professor Ed Baker, Resource Development Director Lauren Halterman, Public Information Director Marcie Alvarado Molloy, and Director of Facilities Monte Garrettson.

Dr. Midcap said the committee has set a goal of June 2008 for completing the fundraising campaign. College officials are in the very preliminary stages of assessing what facilities upgrades are practical in the space housing the current Fitness Center, which includes two adjacent weight rooms and a cardio room.

If any upgrades to the Fitness Center facilities are approved, that renovation would take place in Summer 2008. Dr. Midcap said the fundraising committee wants to complete the fundraising by next June so the new equipment could be purchased by the completion of any potential facilities renovation.

"We think completing the fundraising for equipment by next June is a realistic goal. We’re fortunate to live in a very community-minded region. I’ve found once a need is identified, our community really steps up to the plate to meet the need," said Dr. Midcap, noting that the first $1,000 pledge was received before Thursday’s induction dinner was completed.

The college is already set up to accept donations for the campaign. Individuals can mail checks to: Chesapeake, College, c/o Fitness Center Campaign, P.O. Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679. Checks should be made payable to Chesapeake College, with "Fitness Center Campaign" on the check’s "memo" line.

Information about the campaign’s various levels of giving will soon be found on the college’s website on the Athletic Department’s homepage (www.chesapeake.edu/athletics/fitnesscenter.pdf).

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