Hoeper Foundation gift catapults CCBC’s New Beginnings Campaign over $42 million goal

Oct 27, 2015

Gift supports CCBC’s Interpreter Preparation Program initiatives.

The Community College of Baltimore County’s New Beginnings: The Campaign for CCBC, the college’s first-ever public/private, comprehensive campaign, has surpassed its $42 million goal more than two years ahead of its scheduled completion date.

The recent gift of $228,950 from the A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation brings their total contributions to CCBC to just over $400,000. Their latest contribution supports scholarships as well as program upgrades for CCBC’s Interpreter Preparation Program and Learning Lab. To honor and recognize the late Mrs. Bernice B. Hoeper, founder of the Foundation, and her late husband A. Eugene Hoeper, the Interpreter Prep Learning Lab on the Catonsville campus will be renamed the “The Bernice and A. Eugene Hoeper Learning Lab.”

Mr. Hoeper was born deaf and Mrs. Hoeper lost her hearing at the age of 18 after suffering from spinal meningitis. Mrs. Hoeper completed her undergraduate degree at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., and in 1975 went on to become the first deaf woman ever to receive a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore. The couple set up the A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation to provide support to programs designed to help alleviate extreme loneliness and isolation experienced by chronically ill and home-bound deaf individuals through visitations and Cheer-by-Mail. The organization’s funds also supported respite for caretakers and provided specialized equipment.

According to Rebecca Minor, assistant professor and program coordinator for CCBC’s Interpreter Preparation Program, “This substantial gift from the Hoeper Foundation will allow many students who are facing financial struggles to continue their educational goals unimpeded.”

New Beginnings: The Campaign for CCBC began in 2011 as a seven-year campaign with a goal of raising $42 million to support a multitude of institutional priorities. The CCBC Foundation recently announced the public phase of the campaign at its annual gala in April 2015. “We knew we were close to approaching the campaign goal when we went public in April, but with this latest contribution from the Hoeper Foundation, CCBC is pleased to announce that the campaign has exceeded its $42 million goal 20 months ahead of schedule,” says Kenneth Westary, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “With two years remaining in the campaign, the college and Foundation Board have decided to continue the campaign as originally planned through 2017 with a new goal of $46 million.”

To learn more about the campaign visit www.ccbcmd.edu/New-Beginnings.aspx.

Photo of gift presentation at www.flickr.com/ccbcmedia