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Stadium campaign co-chairs named

May 28, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Businessman Michael Callas and former Hagerstown Community College coach Jim Brown will serve as honorary co-chairmen of a $2.3 million capital campaign for a proposed stadium at North Hagerstown High School, Principal Robert "Bo" Myers said Thursday.

The North High Boosters Club plans to raise the money for the stadium in the private sector by, among other things, selling naming rights for the stadium.

The boosters club is undertaking the task because it realizes the Washington County Board of Education does not have the money to pay for construction of a stadium, John Williamson, chairman of the North High Boosters Club's Stadium Executive Committee, said Thursday.

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North High has used School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School for 46 years because it does not have a stadium of its own, Williamson told the school board at a May 18 meeting.

"If we are going to wait for public money we could be waiting for another 50 years," Williamson has said.

Having two well-known community figures - Callas and Brown - leading the fund-raising drive should help raise donations, Myers said.

Callas is chairman of Callas Contractors on Downsville Pike.

In 2002, Brown ended his career as coach, athletic director, administrator and educator by announcing his retirement as Hagerstown Community College's men's basketball coach, athletic director and building administrator of the school's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

Brown and Callas were instrumental in raising money for the construction of the center, Myers said.

"They are very well respected members of the community and both, when we discussed the project with them, immediately recognized the need for it and that it is long overdue," Williamson said.

The money raised is to pay for a lighted athletic field, an all-weather track, bleachers, a press box, a concession stand, restrooms, locker rooms, athletic offices and spectator parking, he said.

Michael Renn and Rick Toms will serve as campaign co-chairmen, Williamson said.

Michael Renn is the vice president of Davis, Renn & Associates in Hagerstown.

Toms is the president of Atlantic Security System in Hagerstown.

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