Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege ex­ceeds fundrais­ing goal

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WYE MILLS — Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege ex­ceeded the $3 mil­lion fundrais­ing goal of the Set­ting Sail Cam­paign. The col­lege raised $3.26 mil­lion to sup­port schol­ar­ships, tech­nol­ogy and the Health Pro­fes­sions and Ath­let­ics Cen­ter.

The Set­ting Sail Cam­paign launched with three goals: rais­ing funds for the Health Pro­fes­sions and Ath­let­ics Cen­ter, en­hanc­ing cam­pus tech­nol­ogy and in­creas­ing stu­dent schol­ar­ships.

“This cam­paign rep­re­sents more than 3 mil­lion pats on the back for all the work we do at Ch­e­sa­peake. Rais­ing these funds posed a chal­lenge be­cause the com­mu­nity did not fully un­der­stand our level of need,” Dr. Bar­bara A. Viniar, the col­lege’s pres­i­dent, said of sur­pass­ing the Set­ting Sail Cam­paign goal. “Each dol­lar is a show of sup­port for our stu­dents and their dreams, and is proof of how much the col­lege means to the com­mu­nity.”

Ex­ceed­ing the fundrais­ing goal is also sig­nif­i­cant be­cause the feat was ac­com­plished dur­ing a re­ces­sion. De­spite an eco­nomic down­turn that left many or­ga­ni­za­tions with dwin­dling cof­fers, donors con­tin­ued to fund Ch­e­sa­peake’s cam­paign. As the econ­omy im­proved, Viniar said, the gift amounts in­creased.

The cam­paign’s am­bi­tious goal of build­ing a state-of-the art health ca­reer train­ing cen­ter and ren­o­vat­ing Ch­e­sa­peake’s ath­let­ics fa­cil­i­ties, was achieved when the Health Pro­fes­sions and Ath­let­ics Cen­ter opened in Au­gust 2015. As the largest build­ing on Ch­e­sa­peake’s main cam­pus, the fa­cil­ity con­tains high-fidelity, sim­u­la­tion labs, a fit­ness cen­ter, class­rooms, a gym­na­sium, yoga stu­dio, ath­letic train­ing fa­cil­ity, locker rooms, lounge ar­eas and a multi-pur­pose space.

Now a year af­ter the build­ing opened, Viniar said it is re­ward­ing to see stu­dents and em­ploy­ees ben­e­fit­ing daily from the fa­cil­ity. There is also tremen­dous pride in watch­ing vis­i­tors tour the fa­cil­ity.

“The HPAC is more than an im­pres­sive build­ing on our cam­pus, it’s a com­mu­nity as­set that is al­low­ing Ch­e­sa­peake to best pre­pare health­care work­ers able to serve the re­gion,” Viniar said. “Ev­ery day I walk through the build­ing to see stu­dents learn­ing in these won­der­ful spaces. I also en­joy see­ing how im­pressed our vis­i­tors are when they see build­ing and the equip­ment.”

Sup­port for the goals of the cam­paign started within the col­lege com­mu­nity. Ch­e­sa­peake em­ploy­ees, Viniar said, gave gen­er­ously to the cam­paign de­spite eco­nomic chal­lenges that froze their salaries. That in­ter­nal com­mit­ment helped gar­ner sup­port from area or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als.

“Set­ting Sail was a fundrais­ing cam­paign, but it was also an op­por­tu­nity for us to build re­la­tion­ships in our com­mu­nity,” Viniar said. “More peo­ple now un­der­stand Ch­e­sa­peake’s role as re­gional leader in ed­u­ca­tion, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and en­rich­ment. We’ve been able to build on­go­ing sup­port for our stu­dents and pro­grams.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Ad­vance­ment at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, please con­tact Lu­cie Hughes, vice pres­i­dent for in­sti­tu­tional ad­vance­ment, at lhughes@ ch­e­sa­peake.edu.

The Health Pro­fes­sions and Ath­let­ics Cen­ter, opened in 2015, is the largest build­ing on Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s cam­pus.

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