Drive under way to raise funds for veteran centers
PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College (SJC) Foundation recently kicked off a drive to raise funds to create military veteran centers at each of the College’s three campuses.
The goal of the capital campaign is $300,000, which will be used to renovate and equip existing office space that will provide resources designed specifically for military veterans. The target date for completion of the three veteran centers is February 2012.
Ruth Keenan, SJC’s executive director of development, said it’s important for the College to have such facilities dedicated for use by veterans. “Our veterans serve us and now it’s time for us to serve our veterans,” she commented. “This is why San Jacinto College has taken a proactive approach to assist our veterans with their transition back into civilian life by providing for them a place of counseling, camaraderie and quiet study.”
The SJC Foundation held a reception and received pledges for the veteran centers on Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at the home of local businessman Frank Nadolney, who serves as chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. A total of nearly $30,000 in pledges was received at the reception. “Our region and surrounding areas have more veterans than any area of the country,” commented Keenan. “As the need grows due to returning troops, we hope to raise the funds necessary to finish these three veteran centers. Our goal is to have 100 percent participation. No donation is too small.”
Rizzo & Associates LLC, a facilities management and consultant firm, has already donated expertise in construction management and project management, as well an unspecified amount of money to the capital campaign. Frank Rizzo, president of Rizzo & Associates, said the College’s plan to create the military veteran centers has a personal appeal to him. “I have family and close friends that have served in the military, and this project is a good way to show how much their sacrifices are appreciated,” he remarked.
Other contractors and architects who have contributed time and expertise to the College’s veteran centers fundraising effort include Bay-IBI Group Architects, DuroTech, Facilities Programming and Consulting, JE Dunn, SpawGlass, and Tellepsen.
About the San Jacinto College Foundation: The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.sanjacfoundation.org, or call 281-998-6104.
About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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Photo: An artist’s rendering shows what the new veteran center at the San Jacinto College South Campus will look like. Similar centers are also planned for the College’s North and Central campuses.