ERIN JULIAN '98
Erin Julian '98 gives back to MCC by lending her enthusiasm and creative ideas to MCC foundation events that raise scholarship dollars. As a longstanding volunteer, Erin helps ensure current students have as rich an academic and social experience as she did as a student.
YEAR IN HIGHLIGHTS
Alumni Week and Homecoming
From Fall Festival to Tribunes soccer matches, Alumni Week and Homecoming events in early October generated a lot of MCC spirit and raised nearly $37,000 to support student success. More than 350 people participated in the annual 5K Walk/Run for Scholarships on Homecoming Day, raising $18,800 for student scholarships.
Six scholarships were awarded to students following the race. Other highlights included an alumni cooking demonstration hosted by MCC’s Hospitality faculty and an Alexander Street Campus alumni reunion dinner hosted by Marilyn and Louis ’65 Andolino.
Major Donors and First-time Philanthropists Support Dreamkeepers
Regardless of season, MCC’s Dreamkeepers program attracts support from major donors, as well as first-time philanthropists. Dreamkeepers offers micro-grants of less than $500 to financially struggling students faced with unexpected emergencies, such as a flat tire or broken furnace, so they can stay in school and complete their studies. Inspired by Robin ’80 and Timothy ’80 Wentworth’s lead gift, Mike Zimmer (Xerox Corporation) and Greg Connors (Connors and Ferris LLP) partnered to raise $50,000 to ensure Dreamkeepers continues to be available for students. In November, Zimmer and Connors hosted a fundraising dinner at Oak Hill Country Club. In July, Zimmer surpassed the fundraising goal when he donated his prize winnings from a charity event hosted by Watkins Glen International.
In February, at the peak of winter, a group of young philanthropists led by Kitty and Adam Goldfeder hosted a successful Cabin Fever event at the Strathallan in Rochester. Guests raised nearly $10,000 for Dreamkeepers and introduced the MCC Foundation’s mission to new friends.
Students Save for Success and Earn Degrees
In June, MCC graduates who completed their studies with support from the Save for Success program enjoyed an exclusive reception and shared their success stories with incoming students. Save for Success was launched in 2014 by MCC, PathStone Corporation and ESL Federal Credit Union to make higher education more affordable for low-income students. To date, 11 Save for Success scholars have graduated or transferred successfully to a four-year college or university with impressive grade-point averages. There are 35 scholars currently participating in the program and more than 100 who have started savings accounts at ESL to apply toward tuition.
LEWIS TREE SERVICE MOTIVATES HIGH SCHOOL GRADS
Lewis Tree Service pledged $100,000 in July to help college students facing financial challenges achieve their educational goals. Lewis Tree’s support will be distributed over the next four years and is intended to meet both the immediate and long-term scholarship needs of full-time MCC students. According to Lewis Tree President and CEO Thomas R. Rogers, “Every member of our employee-owned company is committed to investing in this community and in those who shape its future.” MCC graduates are among the senior leadership team at Lewis Tree.
Timothy Wentworth ’80 Receives National Higher Education Award
In April, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized MCC alumnus Timothy Wentworth ’80 among six outstanding alumni from across the U.S. who have made a positive impact on their communities, the nation and the world. Wentworth is the chief executive officer of Express Scripts, a $100 billion Fortune 20 Corporation. Both he and his wife, Robin (an MCC alumna), continue to give back to MCC and maintain ties to Rochester through both scholarship funds and program support, including a lead gift for MCC’s Dreamkeepers program.