First Major Gifts Campaign Seeks to Raise $2.5 Million
The college’s first major gifts campaign began in fall 2009 and continued to climb steadily toward its $2.5 million goal with a trio of donor cultivation and fundraising events during the 2011-2012 academic year. By Aug. 31, 2012, the campaign raised $1,941,004, with a target closing date of September 2013.
Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, kicked-off the “public phase” of “Create Opportunity: The Capital & Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College,” at a news conference in September 2011, by announcing the receipt of five major gifts totaling $235,000. The campaign’s first public phase gifts, when added to the $1.265 million raised in the “quiet phase,” brought the amount donated at that time to $1.5 million, 60 percent of the campaign goal.
The Capital & Scholarship Campaign has two initiatives:
- Increase college-based financial assistance by enhancing the scholarship endowment.
- Secure funding to purchase furnishings and scientific equipment for the new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facility to be built on the Mays Landing Campus.
These 2011-2012 events raised funds and introduced potential donors to Atlantic Cape’s students and its mission:
- The “Women of Wonder League” gathering in Wildwood in October 2011 raised funds in support of scholarships for at-risk high school students, providing high performers with the opportunity to experience college by attending Atlantic Cape.
- The first “Panorama of Possibilities” event, held in January 2012 at Casa de Cielo, the Atlantic City home of Gary Hill and John Schultz, offered guests the opportunity to experience Atlantic Cape through student testimonials, food prepared by Academy of Culinary Arts students and skits by Performing Arts Club members. Atlantic Cape professors discussed and provided examples of the college’s most innovative curriculum and programs to a new group of potential Atlantic County donors.
- “Panorama of Possibilities 2” took place at the Avalon Yacht Club in June 2012, hosted by Drs. Sandra Harmon Weiss and Richard Weiss. Students, professors and academic program coordinators showcased the latest additions to Atlantic Cape’s offerings to build awareness of the college in Cape May County and encourage philanthropic support.
New Gifts Received During ’AY 2011-12:
Science Technology Engineering and Math Building (Named Facilities):
- Robert Bucknam
- Hamby Family
- McMahon Agency
- Matthew & Lydia Moeller
- Schultz-Hill Foundation
- Zaberer Family Endowment
- Rhoads-Miller Endowment
- Baucus Endowment
- Previti Family Endowment
- Ocean City Home Bank Endowment
- Robinson Endowment
Multi-Year Scholarship Commitments:
- Rio Auto Body
- Crest Savings Bank
- Kligerman Family
- Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association
- Galloway Township American Legion Post 430
- Private Louis Caruso II Memorial Scholarship
- Domenico Caruso Memorial Scholarship