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Six Foundations Contribute More Than $16,000 to Hudson Valley's Summer Programs for Children

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005

Six local charitable foundations have contributed more than $16,000 to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation to benefit the college's summer programs for children.

The gifts will be used to provide camp scholarships for low-income students. Through its Office of Community and Professional Education, the college offers a variety of athletic and educational summer camps for children ranging in age from five to 18.

The gifts, which total $16,700, are as follows: $5,000 each from the Cohoes Savings Bank Foundation and the Troy Savings Bank Foundation; $2,200 from McCarthy Charities; $2,000 from the Hudson River Bank Foundation; $1,500 from the Stewart's Holiday Match; and $1,000 from the WGY Christmas Wish.

The college's summer academic enrichment programs enhance students' learning and social skills and the campus setting makes college less intimidating and increases the students' confidence that higher education is possible for them. Other camps offered by the college include basketball, soccer, dance and adventure; junior counselor training; and technology enrichment. Nearly 700 children participated in the college's summer programs this year.

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation.