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Campus announces event to raise scholarship funds

April 07, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

University System of Maryland at Hagerstown officials on Wednesday announced that their first fund-raiser for the new downtown campus, which will be held on April 22.

Campus Associate Director JoEllen Barnhart said the fund-raiser, which is being billed as the grand opening celebration, is the first effort to start a scholarship fund for the campus.

Barnhart said officials hope to net $40,000 from the $125-per-ticket event. The money will help push officials toward their $250,000 fund-raising goal for the year, but campus officials hope to broaden their fund-raising efforts later, Barnhart said.

Barnhart said one of the biggest worries for students is their finances, and "we are committed to alleviating that worry."

The scholarship money raised will be given to the Magnolia Foundation, a local nonprofit, Barnhart said.

The event will be held at the campus building, which is in the newly renovated Baldwin House complex, but it is not the only event to have celebrated the building's opening.

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A widely attended event that officials called a "key-turning" ceremony was held Jan. 7 during the first week of classes at the building.

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