Reading PA- The Foundation for RACC celebrated the conclusion of its Science of Success campaign Saturday evening by hosting a gala celebration for campaign donors. The event took place at the Schmidt Training and Technology Center, with guests attending a post-gala performance by Jessica Lang Dance in the Miller Center for the Arts.
Since the Campaign was announced in October 2016, the Foundation has raised in excess of $2.5 million, which exceeds the original goal of $2 million. “The goal of the Science of Success Capital Campaign was to raise funds for our laboratory expansion and enhancement. It has been a tremendous campaign, and thanks to our extraordinarily generous donors, we have exceeded our campaign goal. The new labs will benefit our students by increasing RACC’s educational capacity and in turn, the community at large for years to come,” says Michael Nagel, RACC Vice President for External Relations and Executive Director of the Foundation.
A highlight of the evening was the official ribbon-cutting opening of the new laboratories. Featured on stage were a number of leadership donors including Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Neag and Dr. Jerry Marcus, in addition to RACC President Dr. Anna Weitz.
“On behalf of the College, I express my sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the campaign in many ways and to all of you who have worked tirelessly to make the investment in RACC a smart one,” says Dr. Weitz. “I also want to acknowledge additional milestones being celebrated at this event. This year marks RACC’s 45th anniversary and the tenth anniversary of our magnificent Miller Center for the Arts.”
RACC Board of Trustees Chair Guido M. Pichini was also on hand at the event, “Our new labs are equipped with modern equipment and the latest technology to create an interactive and hands-on instructional environment. RACC’s new division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) reflects RACC’s vision for an interdisciplinary and applied approach to STEM training. This positions RACC to meet future workforce needs by integrating advanced science lab experiences, and technology and healthcare programs,” he says.
The Foundation for Reading Area Community College was created to raise, invest and manage private funds for the benefit of the College. The Foundation supports RACC’s mission to build communities of learning to encourage educational growth by providing scholarship funding for all students with demonstrated financial need and for emerging initiatives that serve to further enhance the College’s programs and facilities.