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05/02/2006
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Donates $1,000 To Hudson Valley in Memory of Maureen Stapleton
Troy native received Golden Globe in 1971

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 2, 2006

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization of Los Angeles-based journalists working for overseas publications that sponsors the annual Golden Globes ceremony, has donated $1,000 to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation in memory of actress Maureen Stapleton, who was honored in 1971 with a Golden Globe for her role in "Airport."

The donation will benefit the Foundation's Maureen Stapleton Theatre Fund, an endowment created in 2000 to support capital improvements to the 350-seat theatre, which the college named for the actress in 1981. Stapleton was born and raised in Troy, and was a childhood friend of Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer, the college's president at the time of the dedication.

Stapleton, who died in March, received the Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture; she also had four other nominations for the following films: "Lonelyhearts" (1959), "Plaza Suite" (1972), "Interiors" (1979) and "Reds" (1982).

"The Foundation is honored to receive this gift in Ms. Stapleton's memory," Foundation President Sarah M. Boggess said. "She had a special place in her heart for Troy, and we are proud that the theatre stands as a reminder of her love for her hometown."

The theatre is located in the college's Raymond H. Siek Campus Center, which recently underwent an extensive, $8.4 million renovation, which had resulted in the closure of the theatre since January 2005. Due to cost constraints, the theatre was not included in the renovation project; the college hopes to secure additional philanthropic support to make the entire renovation of the theatre possible.

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. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.