WMC party to mark end of campaign

April 13, 2000

Western Maryland College will end its Defining Moment Campaign this year the same way it began the $40 million fund-raising effort in 1996 -- with a party.

The celebration, "An Evening of Illumination," is free to the WMC community and begins at 9 p.m. tomorrow in front of Hoover Library.

The Ward Memorial Arch and the buildings constructed or renovated during the campaign will be illuminated.

The lighting of the arch will take place about 9: 30 p.m. Also, led by board of trustees Chairman James Melhorn and Defining Moment Chairman Martin K. P. Hill, participants can toast the campaign's success with cake and sparkling cider.

The comprehensive campaign, the largest in the liberal arts institution's 132-year history, closed Dec. 31. More than $41 million was raised in gifts and pledges, according to Rich Kief, vice president of institutional advancement.

"Not only did we reach the goal, but through the support of alumni, friends and others, we were able to push past it," Kief said. "It was a huge success and gives the college a solid foundation on which to build in this new century."

The campaign had several highlights.

Some, such as the award-winning science center, are hard-to-miss changes to the WMC skyline, while others are subtle, such as upgraded wiring that gives students easier access to the Internet.

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