Holyoke Community College successfully solicited the 1,000 donations needed to secure a $1 million gift from professor emerita and alumna Elaine Marieb.
The fund drive, called "Mission: Marieb," is part of the $5.3 million Building Healthy Communities capital campaign by the HCC Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of Holyoke Community College.
Marieb, also a best-selling textbook author, vowed in March to donate $1 million to the campaign if 1,000 donors contributed any amount to the fund-raising effort by Dec. 31. The challenge was met in early June.
The success will be celebrated with a June 24 barbeque in honor of Marieb at noon on the campus patio above the HCC courtyard.
Photos: (Left) Elaine Marieb's $1 million donation will support the creation of HCC's new Center for Health Education on Jarvis Avenue and the new Center for Life Sciences in the campus building that already bears her name. (Right) Elaine Marieb.