Madisonville Community College s (MCC) President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads and the college s Advancement Office announce that the Hopkins County Development Corporation along with Don and Mary Susan Fishman of Madisonville have been selected as MCC s benefactors for recognition by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) for 2013. These special friends will join approximately 30 other guests at the annual President s Benefactors Gala on Saturday, November 9, at the Lexington Hyatt Regency. Over 600 individuals from across the state are expected to be in attendance. The gala is hosted by KCTCS President Dr. Michael B. McCall and members of the KCTCS Foundation.

In selecting the recipients for the Benefactors Award, Dr. Rhoads stated, The Hopkins County Development Corporation has been the college s largest donor over the past 4-6 years. Their gifts have helped MCC to initiate its endowed professorship programs on the Health Sciences Campus and, just this past May, the Corporation provided a lead gift that allowed us to establish a community service-related endowment in honor of Bobby and Patty Dampier. The Fishmans have been two of our best arts advocates and over the past decade have given generously to our summer musical and also to local theatre productions. Don was also an active member of our Arts Advisory Committee for a number of years. These friends personify the community support we enjoy as a comprehensive college and allow us to explore programming that other schools simply can t attempt.

Other private supporters that MCC has publically honored over the past seven years include Madisonville s American Legion Post #6, Farmers Bank of Marion, Autoliv North America, US Bank of Madisonville, Ms. Peggy Williams of Greenville, Mrs. Betty Trover of Madisonville, Chester and Jennifer Thomas of Hanson, the Hopkins County Fiscal Court, the Madisonville Rotary Club, Dennis and Brenda Kirtley of Central City, Carolyn and the late Dr. Bret Wittmer of Madisonville, the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, Judge Bill and Dorothy Paxton of Central City, and Bonita and the late Jim Hatfield of Marion. Last year, the MCC honored the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court and Anne and Herb Pritchett as the 2012 Benefactors, specifically for support of the Muhlenberg County Campus and arts programming.

Since 1989 MCC s advancement efforts have raised over $27 million for educational endeavors, and the college has an endowment and trust base of $11 million, including $5.7 million in permanent scholarship accounts, $2.2 million designated for arts programming, and $1.3 million designated to program endowments that support the Muhlenberg County Campus. The Advancement Office was selected as one of nation s top fund-raising offices in 2000 and 2007 by Council for Resource Development for two year colleges.

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