Schoenherrs honored in Washington, DC

SCOTTVILLE — R. Lee and Joan Schoenherr, of Ludington, received the 2012 Council for Resource Development (CRD) Benefactor Award at a dinner held recently in Washington, D.C. Each year, CRD recognizes the outstanding contributions of seven donors, from across the country, who are chosen for their dedication, commitment, and pride in their community colleges. The award also embodies the ideals of philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism in the service of community, technical, and junior colleges.

Shown left to right are John Rainone, President of CRD, Lee Schoenherr, Joan Schoenherr, and Charles Dillon, WSCC president. The Schoenherrs were recognized at the Council for Resource Development Benefactor Award in a dinner held at Washington D.C. for their generous gift to West Shore Community College. (Courtesy photo)

The Schoenherrs provided a financial gift to the West Shore Community College Foundation “Advancing from Good to Great” major gifts campaign committing a multi-year pledge to the campaign totaling $2 million. The WSCC Board of Trustees recognized the gift by naming the Campus Center after them. The Schoenherrs also served as the campaign’s honorary co-chairs.

“Joan and I are extremely pleased to be involved with the college that enables countless area students to pursue higher education and training,” said Schoenherr.

He added,” Our young people are our future, not only for our community but also for our country. Investing in them is the right thing to do, and we are excited to be a part of this extraordinary endeavor.”

“Their gift is an investment in the region’s educational and economic future and we are heartened by the support and generosity of the Schoenherr family. Thanks to them, the college has more resources to attract and nurture the best, enabling future students to benefit from our premier educational experience. The impact of the gift will be felt at the college forever,” said Dr. Charles Dillon, president of the college.

The CRD Benefactor Award is the only national showcase to recognize donors to the nation’s community colleges.

The award also recognizes individuals, organizations, foundations, or businesses for outstanding contributions to community colleges. The recipients represent gifts made to rural, suburban, urban, single and multi-campus two-year degree granting colleges.

The Schoenherrs received their award during the CRD Annual Conference.




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