Benefactors Across Country Honored for $50 Million in Gifts to Eleven Community Colleges

For Immediate Release:
September 18, 2006

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Sally Voth
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Washington, D.C. – Individuals and companies from Massachusetts to Washington state will be recognized for their financial support of community and technical colleges that is “transforming lives and communities,” according to Susan Arscott, president of the Council for Resource Development.

The benefactors will be honored at a gala awards banquet held at the Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill, on November 3, 2006. Over 500 community college development officers, presidents, and friends are expected to be in attendance. The ten honored donors have given gifts totaling over $50 million to community colleges in the United States. They were selected from 75 nominations across the country, representing donors to almost 1,200 community colleges nationwide.

“From the lottery winners who committed their winnings to Edmonds Community College, WA, to scholarships established at Lord Fairfax Community College, VA, by an immigrant who wished to give back to his new home, each contribution is transforming lives and communities served by the colleges,” Arscott said. “These are profound donations, not because of their amount, but because of the impact and change they make happen.”

Arscott also noted that 2006 CRD Benefactor Award recipients represent the diversity reflected in the communities served by America’s community colleges. “This year’s benefactors include individuals, small business owners, corporations, alumni, and community organizations,” she added. “Their gifts include outright donations, estate plans, and transfer of assets. They support our colleges’ scholarships, faculty and staff professional development programs, equipment acquisition, workforce development programs, and bricks and mortar.”

The CRD Benefactor Award recipients for 2006 include the following:

  • James O. Garrison, a college trustee, foundation board member and community activist whose $1.4 million donation to Mount Wachusett Community College, MA, improves the delivery of early childhood education through scholarships and the construction of a childcare and student training center.
  • Walter and Carol McDonald, who established a $500,000 scholarship, both in outright gifts and through an estate plan, in memory of their daughter, Sherri Marie, for students in the Performing Arts program at County College of Morris, NJ.
  • Alfred Kummli, an immigrant from Switzerland and the former chair of the Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation Board, VA, whose gifts of more than $750,000 have supported scholarships, faculty and staff professional development grants, campus renovations, and special events.
  • The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Drake Enterprises who contributed a portion of their jointly-owned telecommunications network, valued at $10 million, to Southwestern Community College, NC.
  • Patrick H. Norton whose $2 million dollar lead gift helped establish the La-Z-Boy Center for business training and performing arts at Monroe County Community College, MI and whose continued gifts to the scholarship he established in honor of his wife, LaVerne, has reached almost $450,000.
  • Carol Meyer, and her late husband, Charles, whose gifts to Northeast Texas Community College, TX, have ensured that every graduating student from the local high school receive a two-year scholarship to attend NTCC. Their generosity inspired friends to do the same, resulting in NTCC scholarships for every graduate of five local high schools.
  • Cliff Stone, an alumnus of Butler Community College, KS, whose several endowed scholarships totaling more than $530,000 support students in the fine arts and agriculture. He has also established an endowed prize for winners of an annual chess tournament, an event prompted by his desire to cultivate analytical and critical thinking skills in BCC students.
  • Barbara Scifers, who with her late husband, Leland, established the Scifers Dance Studio with a $1 million gift at Casper College, WY. Since her husband’s death, Barbara has established endowed scholarships in nursing, business, agriculture, and music.
  • Paul and Natalie Orfalea, as founders of Kinko’s and leaders in family friendly work environments, nominated by both City College of San Francisco, CA, and Santa Barbara City College, CA, who have made multi-million dollar gifts to support disabled student programs and child care development programs and center.
  • Vaughn Sherman, who contributed his 1993 lottery winnings to several community organizations, including Edmonds Community College, WA, where his gifts have created endowments for faculty and staff awards, contributed to the library capital campaign and the Center for Families.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Kathleen Dusing, a special education major and graduate of Sauk Valley Community College, IL. Dusing was one of 20 students named to USA Today's 2006 All-USA Community College Academic First Team as representatives of all outstanding community college students. The subject of a feature story on the All-USA Community College Academic Team in USA Today, Dusing was also awarded the 2006 New Century Scholars Scholarship, sponsored by the Coca Cola Foundation, the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation, and the AACC.

The Council for Resource Development (CRD), representing over 1600 members at more than 800 two-year colleges, is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. CRD supports professionals and develops leaders engaged in community college resource development through education, advocacy and mentoring.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.