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08/03/2006
Foundation Golf Classic Nets $61,000 for Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, July 28, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation's annual Golf Classic has netted a record-setting $61,000, and the funds will be used to benefit scholarships, programs, student services and facilities at Hudson Valley Community College.

This is the third straight year that the event has netted more money than the year before. In fact, net proceeds from the event have increased by 53 percent in just two years.

"The growing success of our golf tournament is testament to the fact that the college plays an integral role in the Capital Region economy," said Foundation President Sarah M. Boggess, who also serves as the college's vice president for institutional advancement. "We generate a well-trained workforce: Tens of thousands of our graduates work for Capital Region employers, and thousands of other employees in the region have received some kind of training from us. In addition, the college is an economic engine in itself, with an annual budget exceeding $80 million."

"Corporate support is crucial to community colleges across the country, and Hudson Valley Community College is no exception. If business leaders wish to advance Tech Valley, it is in their best interest to assist in providing resources to Hudson Valley Community College," Boggess added.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation's Annual Fund, which assists the college in meeting unmet needs and seizing unexpected opportunities. In the past, golf classic proceeds have funded scholarships, technology enhancement, campus beautification and special programs for disabled students. 

The 12 th annual golf classic was held on Monday, July 24, at The Country Club of Troy. In addition to lead sponsor U.W. Marx, other major sponsors of the event were: The Times Union; Callanan Industries; Capital Communications Federal Credit Union; John Scanlon's Market Block; Eastern Copy/Muratec; Fairbrother & Company; Featherstonhaugh, Wiley, Clyne, Cordo, LLP; Joseph Daley; Time Warner Cable; United Group; Architecture +; NBT Bank; Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company; Simplex Grinnell; M & T Bank; MRK Real Property; State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, and the Tri-City ValleyCats. To view the entire list of sponsors, visit foundation.hvcc.edu/golfclassic.

More than 140 golfers participated in the event. A foursome representing the Times Union – Matt Clarke, Mike Danieli, Mike McLoughlin and Al Riccardi – won the Trustees' Cup, which is presented to the foursome with the lowest gross score; the foursome had a score of 60. A foursome representing Siemens Building Technologies – Craig Johnson, Jim O'Brien, Frank Scott and Tom Wranowski – won the President's Cup, which is presented to the foursome with the lowest net score; that foursome had a score of 56.

The 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; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. 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.