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Maureen Stapleton To Help Launch Performing Arts Endowment at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 28, 2000

Maureen Stapleton, the esteemed Tony, Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress, will be the guest of honor at Hudson Valley Community College on Thursday, Oct. 26 as the college launches an endowment fund for performing arts. Initial contributions to the fund will be used for capital renovations to the college's Maureen Stapleton Theatre, dedicated with the actress present in 1981.

The college will host a cocktail reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus at 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy. Activities during the evening include a silent auction featuring arts items and memorabilia, dramatic presentations, and live piano music. Guests will have the opportunity to greet Ms. Stapleton at the event.

Hudson Valley President John L. Buono says, "We are thrilled and honored to have Miss Stapleton's support as we launch our performing arts endowment. This will allow us to expand our programming, and bring more quality theater to our students and to the community."

Maureen Stapleton was born and raised in Troy, where she frequented theaters including Proctor's downtown, before launching her acting career. She has written in her autobiography, A Hell of a Life, "There's a place called Troy on the east bank of the Hudson River. If you want to know me, you have to know where I come from, and Troy is my hometown. I still feel more welcome there than any place on earth."

To make a contribution to the endowment, make checks payable to the Maureen Stapleton Theatre Fund and mail to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, N.Y.  12180. To make reservations for the event, contact Peg Daley at 518-629-8071.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.