It is said that “charity begins at home, but should not end there.” This is a philosophy that the University Budget Office (UBO) staff firmly believes in. Though only a department of six, the amount of charity fundraising and volunteering that is done is amazing!
Since the sudden loss of our beloved Ron Garrison in March 2005, Ron’s “girls,” Deanna Martinez, Donna Auvil, Cathy Mattingly, Dorothy Proctor and TU Retiree Anna Herr, have held many successful fundraising events to support the Ronald E. Garrison Memorial Endowment Fund. With the help of newer members in the office, and so many others in the Towson Community, we have held successful Bull Roasts, Happy Hours and even an Evening of Song with Gary Rubin, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
The purpose of the endowment is to offer scholarships to students who have run out of other options. Ron always believed that every student deserves an education and this endowment helps them achieve that goal. The UBO staff always reminds people about his endowment fund when it is time for the University’s charitable giving campaign. Keeping Ron’s memory alive and supporting his endowment is something that we will never stop doing.
Associate Director Brian O’Connell and his family also support an endowment with the University. The Patrick John O’Connell Memorial Scholarship was established in 1980 after the tragic loss of Brian’s brother, Patrick. Patrick was a Mass Communications major, finishing his freshman year when he died suddenly in a car accident.
Brian and his family established the endowment in Patrick’s name to provide a scholarship to the “most promising Mass Communications major with a special interest in broadcast journalism, visual media, journalism, advertising or public relations with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.” The endowment has been funded by family, friends and generous TU employees, current and former. It is presented each semester and has been received by over 60 students since its inception.
But for the UBO volunteerism and charity giving doesn’t stop at endowment funds! Did you know that Dorothy Proctor has donated her hair twice to Locks for Love and is currently growing her hair for another donation? Locks for Love is a public, non-profit organization that provides hair pieces to financially disadvantage children suffering from long term illness that has caused hair loss. Hair donations must be at least 10 inches long in order to make the wigs for the children. Dorothy is also an avid supporter of land conservation trail rides. She allows horse riders on her property and has ridden in events herself to raise funds.
Our newest UBO staff member, Angie Hall, has been involved with the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (B.P.O.E.) for the past 22 years! She works with several of their Youth Outreach Projects, such as Elks Camp Barrett, and helps provide youth services from dances to car washes. Some of the Community Outreach Programs Angie is involved in make food baskets during the holidays and plan free events for children at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Angie also reaches out to our veterans from Walter Reed Medical Center by hosting them for dinners at the Elks lodge. In addition to involvement with the B.P.O.E. Angie has been a Girl Scout leader for 8 years.
Whether it’s collecting Yoplait Pink lids for breast cancer, supporting family members who participate in the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics or simply volunteering at Towson University graduations and athletic events – the University Budget Office never stops giving back! If everyone gave back just a little, what a wonderful world it would be!