College Supporters Honored by Council for Resource Development

From left, Joseph and Kathleen Gallagher, standing with Montgomery County Community College President Karen A. Stout, recently received the national 2014 Community College Benefactor Award from the Council for Resource Development. Photo courtesy of CRD/ Eddie Arrossi Photography

From left, Joseph and Kathleen Gallagher, standing with Montgomery County Community College President Karen A. Stout, recently received the national 2014 Community College Benefactor Award from the Council for Resource Development. Photo courtesy of CRD/ Eddie Arrossi Photography

The Council for Resource Development (CRD) recently recognized Montgomery County Community College supporters Kathleen and Joseph Gallagher of Ambler with its 2014 Community College Benefactor Award.

The national CRD Benefactor Award recognizes individuals, foundations, or businesses/corporations for outstanding contributions to community colleges. The award embodies the ideals of philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism in the service of community, technical, and junior colleges.

The winners are recognized at the CRD Benefactor Awards Banquet in conjunction with the CRD annual national conference in Washington. The Gallaghers were honored in the Public Suburban Multi-Campus category. CRD categories—size of school, urban or rural—are based upon those established by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

The Gallaghers believe in Montgomery County Community College’s mission to provide access to high-quality, affordable education and in its commitment to support student success. Embracing these objectives, they volunteered to take a lead role in the College’s inaugural Futures Rising comprehensive fundraising campaign in 2014. Under their leadership, the campaign has raised more than $6 million during the first year, which enabled the Montgomery County Community College Foundation to establish 48 new student scholarships.

In addition to their campaign leadership and philanthropic contributions, the Gallaghers volunteer with numerous College events and activities, and Joseph has served as a Foundation board member since 2011. In 2012 and 2013, he chaired the Foundation’s Strides for Scholarships 5K and Fitness run, which raised more than $20,000 for student scholarships.

The Council for Resource Development is the essential education and networking choice for all community college development professionals. CRD connects, educates, supports, strengthens, and celebrates community college development professionals. An affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, CRD serves over 1750 members at more than 750 institutions.

~ by Diane VanDyke

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