Donor aids Clearly Clinton campaign

Clinton Community College passed the million-dollar mark in the first year of the Clearly Clinton campaign

Clinton Community College passed the million-dollar mark in the first year of the Clearly Clinton campaign

PLATTSBURGH — An anonymous donor from Rouses Point has pushed Clinton Community College past the million-dollar mark in its first year of the Clearly Clinton campaign.

The $300,000 donation is the single largest donation to date.

“We are grateful for this sizeable donation,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Steven Frederick. “Like many of the donations made so far, it’s very rewarding to see the people of the North Country coming out to support this worth-while campaign.”

The anonymous donor is now part of a lengthy list of benefactors who have given to the Clearly Clinton Campaign.

Last month, Wayne and Sylvia Manor of Richardson, Texas pledged $200,000. They are alumni of CCC, making it the single largest donation by a Clinton alumnus in college history.

The Manors are also serving as honorary chairs of the campaign.

“Our community and alumni see the importance of this project and the need to make it a reality,” said CCC President John Jablonski. “We are on track to make year two of this campaign just as big as this year.”

The Clearly Clinton campaign launched in January as a five-year, $7.5 million fundraising effort to help build a 21st Century Learning Commons on campus.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $15 million. The State University of New York will match the $7.5 million the Clearly Clinton campaign raises.

The recommendation to build the learning center arose from CCC’s 2007 Facilities Master Plan, which noted that the existing library is significantly undersized and poorly configured for a college of its size.

“I cannot think of a better gift or a bigger impact for every student on this campus then building a state-of-the art learning commons.” Frederick said. “This is a gift that will continue to give for years to come.”

In 2011, JMZ Architects and Planners confirmed the college and its students need a modern facility that includes traditional library functions, electronic research tools, areas for group study and for quiet study, tutoring services and accommodative services for students with disabilities.

Larry and Judy Jeffords of Jeffords Steel and Engineering are the official co-chairs of the campaign. They own a multi-million engineering and manufacturing business, and Mrs. Steel graduated from CCC in 1971.

Keeseville businessman George Moore is an honorary chair. He has long supported CCC’s mission “to provide educational opportunities that enrich minds, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life in our region.”

The Clearly Clinton Campaign will wrap up on June 30, 2016 or when the campaign goal has been successfully achieved.

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