Area coalition's fund drive on track

Local companies pledge $750,000 in effort to bring 2012 Games here

Olympiad

July 09, 1999|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

Boosted by $750,000 in pledges from local companies in recent weeks, the Washington-Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition said yesterday that it is on target to meet its goal of raising $10 million to bring the Olympics to the area.

Dan Knise, president and chief executive officer of the coalition, said recent pledges have come from T. Rowe Price & Associates Inc., Giant Foot Inc., the Rouse Co. and Marriott Corp., bringing the total to about $5.25 million.

The coalition has received about $1 million in cash and another $1 million in services, Knise said.

The coalition also announced the appointment of a former Rouse Co. employee as its vice president of marketing and communications.

Cathy A. Lickteig, who was Rouse's vice president and director of corporate public affairs for 11 years, will oversee the public relations effort to bring the 2012 Olympics to the area.

Lickteig has worked in marketing and communications for more than 25 years. She was at National Public Radio and Amtrak before joining Rouse in 1986. In 1997, she left Rouse to work for Beacon Properties Corp. in Boston. When that company was sold a year later, she joined the Washington office of another real estate firm, Spaulding & Slye.

Knise said Lickteig's appointment completes the Olympics coalition's staff for the time being.

With more U.S. cities than ever in the running for the Olympiad, the Washington-Baltimore group is striving to draw attention to the region by helping to sponsor several area sporting events this fall. They include an international swim meet at College Park, a table tennis championship in Baltimore and an Olympics coach awards ceremony in Washington.

Meanwhile, the group is taking an inventory of the area's sports facilities and accommodations, and continuing to meet with civic and business leaders to inform them of the effort, Knise said.

Washington-Baltimore is competing against San Francisco, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Tampa-Orlando, Fla., for the U.S. Olympic Committee selection in 2002. The winner will compete against cities worldwide to be named the 2012 host by the International Olympic Committee in 2005.

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