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Conservit boss gives $100,000 stadium donation

August 19, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A Washington County businessman has donated $100,000 to the effort to raise $2.3 million to build a stadium at North Hagerstown High School, the largest donation to the cause so far, Principal Robert "Bo" Myers said Wednesday.

Jack E. Metzner, president of Conservit Inc. south of Hagerstown, donated the money on Aug. 16, Myers said.

While some have made donations in the $5,000 range, Metzner's was the first to top $50,000, Myers said.

"What a tremendous gift from Mr. Metzner and his corporation," Myers said. "This is going to not only be a challenge to the rest of the community but certainly speaks to their civic-mindedness and their respect for" Mike Callas.

The North High Boosters Club's Stadium Executive Committee plans to name the stadium after Callas, a Hagerstown businessman and philanthropist who died May 31 at age 83.

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At the committee's request, the Washington County Board of Education voted on July 20 to name the proposed facility after Callas.

The stadium committee is scheduled to launch its fund-raising effort on Oct. 6. Myers and other stadium supporters will ask service clubs and other groups to make donations.

They will be asking people to make "leadership gifts," donations of more than $50,000, Myers said.

John Williamson, chairman of the stadium executive committee, on May 9 announced the committee's plan to sell naming rights for the stadium and its components as a way to raise private funds for the project.

The cost of naming rights for the stadium itself was placed at $1 million, Myers said.

On May 26, the North High Boosters Club's Stadium Executive Committee named Callas and Jim Brown as honorary co-chairmen of the stadium capital campaign.

After Callas' death, his friends, relatives and colleagues pledged to try to raise $1 million in Callas' name, Myers said. He could not reveal their names, Myers said.

North High has used School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School for 46 years because it does not have a stadium of its own.

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