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GCC fundraising campaign beats goal

GREENFIELD — In its efforts to inspire hope through education, the Greenfield Community College Foundation raised $103,443 beyond its goal for its 2014 annual campaign.

The GCC annual Fundraising Campaign raised $928,443 to support the college, surpassing the original $825,000 goal.

More than 70 volunteers worked on the campaign that kicked off in March, individually soliciting funds from other community members, alumni, parents, current and retired faculty and staff, foundations, and businesses. A total of 919 donors contributed to the campaign, with an 82 percent increase in dollars received from new donors over last year, including nine who joined the Grace Mayers Leadership Giving Society with a gift of $1,000 or more to honor the “mother of Greenfield Community College.”

The campaign was led this year by co-chairs Joe Ruggeri of Greenfield and Rich Fahey of Greenfield.

“That so many have contributed so much is a testament to the confidence that our community has in GCC and to the recognized value of supporting quality, affordable education for students seeking to advance their academic skills and future earnings potential,” said Diane Esser, president of the foundation board of directors.

The mission of the campaign and its theme was to inspire hope through education.

GCC President Bob Pura credited “the good work of the campaign leadership and all of the many community volunteer fundraisers who reinforce the message that hope is created through education.”

“Lives change for the better every day at GCC — families then grow stronger and so too, our community,” Pura said in a statement. “Each of the 919 donors in this year’s campaign helped to make that possible. GCC really is the community’s college. On behalf of the students, faculty and staff, I thank you.”

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