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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
Oct. 31, 2016

CASE Names 2016 Recipients of the Benefactor Award

Individuals Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Community Colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the 2016 recipients of its Benefactor Award, which recognizes individuals, foundations, businesses or corporations which embody the ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism in the service of community, technical and junior colleges.
The Council for Resource Development established the Benefactor Award in 1992. Since then, CRD has recognized more than 200 individuals and organizations. As part of an agreement with the CRD, CASE is continuing this important recognition by integrating it into the CASE awards program.

CASE recognized the winners at a luncheon earlier this month at the Conference for Community College Advancement in San Diego. This year's Benefactor Award recipients are:

Kenneth Baker, benefactor to Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell and Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Baker has made substantial gifts to support students at Montgomery County Community College through the KVB Scholarship. In addition, he has generously given his time, serving on the foundation's board of directors and volunteering as a guest lecturer to share his business and marketing expertise with students. Baker is the co-founder and co-chair of the STEM Executive Council, which serves as a vital liaison between the college and business communities.

The Bickelhaupt Family, benefactors to Clinton Community College in Clinton, Iowa. Bob and Frances Bickelhaupt are longtime supporters of Clinton Community College. The Bickelhaupt Arboretum is a treasured part of the college that serves as a source of pride for the community and students of all ages can enjoy this outdoor museum. Clinton Community College aims to maintain the arboretum for the use of the community and build on the educational programs currently offered.  

Wayne and Eleanor Chiu, benefactors to Bow Valley College in Alberta, Canada. The Chius have shared their time and talent over many years to advance Bow Valley College. Today, it is recognized as the largest community college in Alberta, Canada, thanks in part to the Chiu family's volunteerism and generosity. Through their Trico Charitable Foundation, they continue to make a significant impact on the institution and the surrounding community.

Richard and Diana Milock, benefactors to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan. Since 2003, Richard and Diana Milock have given more than $2.3 million in personal contributions and gifts through the Begonia Charitable Foundation-including one $2 million gift, the largest gift to NMC from a living donor. Through their generosity, NMC expanded the permanent collection galleries at the Dennos Museum Center, improved loading dock functionality, provided a new classroom for audio technology programs, supported student scholarships and will develop a new student lounge.

Hap and Marcia Wagner, benefactors to Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Wagner family's association with Northampton Community College began in 1994 when Hap, then the CEO of Air Products and Chemicals, agreed to serve as the college's Hal Shaffer Executive-in-Residence. Hap and Marcia Wagner established two full-tuition scholarships for educationally and economically disadvantaged students, which have supported more than 40 students. In 2002, the couple served as honorary chairs of the college's first campaign, raising more than $14.2 million by leveraging their own giving to encourage others to give. 

2016 Benefactor Award Recipient 2016 Benefactor Award Recipient
Left to right: Marc Westenburg, Francie (Bickelhaupt) Hill, Allan Rathje, Ann Eisenmann Left to right: Marc Westenburg, Ken Baker and Arline Stephan
2016 Benefactor Award Recipient 2016 Benefactor Award Recipient
Left to right: Marc Westenburg, Diana Milock, Timothy Nelson, Rebecca Teahen Left to right: Tina Overwater, Wayne Chiu, Eleanor Chiu, Marc Westenburg

Hap and Marcia Wagner are not pictured.

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