Catfish Bend Supports SCC’s Dream with $25,000 Gift


Southeastern Community College’s Building the Dream capital campaign has received another major gift. Catfish Bend Casino has donated $25,000.

SCC President Dr. Michael Ash expressed his sincere gratitude for the local company’s support.

“It’s a real shot in the arm to have a local business like Catfish Bend show their support with a cash gift. With their gift to help fund our new educational facilities, it shows that they see the importance of an educated population.”

SCC Foundation Board Executive Director and campaign coordinator Becky Rump said, “Catfish Bend Casino is a long-time supporter of SCC and the SCC Foundation. Every event, every fundraiser, every scholarship drive, they’ve been with us.”

Rump added that two members of the Catfish Bend Casino organization, CEO Gary Hoyer and Dar Baum, wife of General Manager Jerry Baum, are also active on the SCC Foundation Board. “They’re tireless supporters of SCC. It makes such a difference in our success.”

Building the Dream Campaign Chair, Mike Shinn echoed Rump’s sentiments, adding, “They responded almost immediately when asked to support the campaign. We’re thankful for all they’ve done.”

Shinn reports that including Catfish Bend’s gift, fundraisers have secured commitments of over $9.3 million of the $12 million goal.

The Building the Dream capital campaign supports SCC’s construction initiative of the same name. It includes the new Health Professions Center and the Hall of Sciences on the West Burlington campus, and the Industrial Technologies Training Center on the Keokuk campus. With an estimated total project cost of $27 million, it is the largest, most comprehensive infrastructure investment undertaken by SCC since 1995.

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