Financial Plus pushes IVCC campaign over goal
For immediate release Nov. 21, 2013
From Illinois Valley Community College’s Community
Relations Office, 815.224.0466
PHOTO: IVCC Director of Community Relations and
Development Fran Brolley, left, and IVCC President Jerry Corcoran, right, are
joined by Financial Plus board members Bob Marshall, Gil Meyer, board chairman
Leroy Jenkins and President Jack Teausant to commemorate the successful
Illinois Valley Community College has surpassed its $2.1 million Peter Miller Community Technology Center capital campaign goal following a second donation from Financial Plus Credit Union of Ottawa.
Financial Plus President Jack Teausant and three of his board members this week delivered a $2,000 check to IVCC to push the campaign over its goal after more than two years of fundraising. FPCU had made a $5,000 donation to the campaign last December.
“After their first donation, Jack said he believed it would prompt others from financial institutions and it did,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran citing contributions from 15 credit unions, banks and savings and loans.
“It is fitting another donation from Financial Plus put us over the top,” Corcoran added.
IVCC launched its first capital campaign Nov. 15, 2011, with a $1 million lead gift from Miller Group Charitable Trust to name the building for Peter Miller Jr. and his son Peter Miller III. The gift was made possible by Cathy Miller, Miller Group Media chairman of the board, and Joyce McCullough, Miller Group Media president.
Over the past two years, Corcoran led an internal campaign team composed of Jeanne Hayden, Reed Wilson and Fran Brolley – with assistance from Foundation staff Donna Swiskoski and Susan Monroe – and a steering committee composed of business leaders, trustees, legislators and alumni.
Alumni providing major gifts included Dan Janka of Cincinnati, a $300,000 vertical machining center from Fives Cincinnati/Giddings & Lewis; Bill and Dian Taylor of Winnetka, $100,000; Ralph Scriba of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Cal., $50,000; and Jim Kozel of Laguna Niguel, Cal., $20,000. In addition, alumnus and State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) facilitated a $200,000 special state appropriation.
Gary and Deborah Dahl of Granville made a $25,000 donation and the college received a $99,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to purchase wind energy trainers.
Individuals, small businesses, alumni and corporations made:
§ Eight donations from $10,000 to $24,999;
§ 15 from $5,000 to $9,999;
§ 62 from $1,000 to $4,999;
§ 28 from $500 to $999;
§ 74 from $250 to $499; and
§ More than a dozen under $250.
In all, there are about 215 campaign donors to date. All contributors of $250 or more are recognized on a donor wall inside the main entrance.
The campaign will fund enhancements within the 80,000-square-foot building that is home to student services, Adult Education, Continuing Education and technical programs in CAD, HVAC, computer networking, electronics, industrial electricity, manufacturing, industrial maintenance and wind.
“Publicizing donations of $1,000 or more kept the campaign in the news and inspired more donors to come forward,” said Brolley. “The Miller gift gave us tremendous momentum and our community, friends and alumni responded generously.”