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Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Welcomes New Heritage Society Members

Seven individuals recognized for making planned gifts

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, December 20, 2005

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently welcomed seven new members to its Heritage Society, which recognizes individuals who have provided, or plan to provide, charitable gifts through bequests, trusts and other life income gifts.

The new members, who were welcomed to the society at a dinner last month, include five alumni: Vera Borenko-Titterington '72; Mark T. Breslin '58; James J. LaGatta '67, and his wife, Regina Scarano LaGatta '73, and Mary E. Phillips '73. In addition to being an alumnus, LaGatta has been a college employee since 1969; he has held a variety of academic and administrative positions, and he currently serves as acting vice president for administration.

The other inductees are Marvin R. LeRoy Jr., the college's director of major gifts and gift planning; and William G. Muller, a professor of fine, studio and performing arts. With these new inductions, the society now has 20 living members; the actual value of their collective gifts will not be determined until their estates are settled.

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.