PLEASE NOTE: The Defining Moments Campaign has now ended. These pages are now an archive of the campaign information and may be taken off-line in the future.
Among the many significant events that have shaped the development of SUNY Orange during its nearly six decades of existence, there have been three philanthropic milestones that stand out as defining moments.
The first occurred in the late 1940’s with the generosity of Mrs. Christine Morrison. Her gift made it possible for the College to build its first campus on her family estate in Middletown.
The second came in 1985 when the College’s Educational Foundation was established to create scholarships. Since its founding, the Foundation has enabled hundreds of students to attain the dream of an education.
The third was realized in 1994, when the community responded by contributing an unprecedented $1.2 million to the College’s first capital campaign.
Each of these milestones became a reality through generosity, teamwork and an untiring commitment by the citizens of Orange County. Their
contributions have provided quality
public higher education opportunities for generations of men and women.
These events are important for Orange
County to celebrate. They signify more
than defining moments in the history
of the College, they are milestones in
the life of an entire community.
You decide how to make a gift to the Campaign, taking into account your particular interests, resources and distinct tax considerations. Your gifts and pledges may be paid by check, transfer of appreciated securities or charged on a credit card, and if you are a College employee, there is the option of payroll deduction plans.
Hint – Transferring appreciated securities may provide you with greater tax advantages. Gifts charged to credit cards may earn mileage.
Giving thoughtful consideration to committing to the Campaign is a highly personal decision, one that frequently begins with a conversation with spouses, loved ones or other family members. Those conversations typically focus on what you hope your gift will achieve – making a difference and creating a legacy.
Your gift has the potential to alter the life of a student by fulfilling the dream of an education, to help shape the future of Orange County Community College and quite possibly, to influence an entire community.
SUNY Orange believes that every gift to the Defining Moments Campaign should be celebrated and recognized. Unless a donor wishes to remain anonymous, all gifts to the Campaign will be listed in a variety of publications and on the College’s website.
If you are contemplating making a commitment of $2,500 or more, you may wish to review the sampling of naming opportunities linked above. They are available to honor the donor, a loved one, friend or colleague. If you have an idea that is not on the list, we always welcome a great suggestion.
"…the community college has given young people new hope, provided a growing focus of cultural activity, and served as a powerful economic factor in promoting the prosperity of the community."
First President of Orange County Community College
The Times Herald-Record, 1959