Giving never gets old, especially when the generosity is part of the global initiative of #GivingTuesday. This 24-hour online giving blitz has become an annual tradition since 2012 for the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation, which is focusing on the giving season by inspiring people to come together to support the communities they love. This year’s #GivingTuesday is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3, following the frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
As a longtime enthusiast of #GivingTuesday and providing matching donations to gifts made to the Cox Family Memorial Scholarship, CSM Foundation Director Emerita and 1969 Alum Linda Cox of La Plata has often described the day as a reminder about the true meaning of giving. “The holiday season can be frantic and GivingTuesday gives us pause to slow down, reflect and make meaningful gifts of every size to help change lives here at home in Southern Maryland.”
The spirit of generosity this #GivingTuesday especially is significant for another longtime alum, Danny Williams of Issue, who went from playing as a student athlete with the college’s basketball team and its first baseball team in 1968 to wrapping up a 41-year career of teaching and coaching students at the college he loved in 2011. Besides holding titles of 1968 alum, past alumni association president, professor emeritus, Hall of Famer and coach, Williams now holds the title of having a scholarship in his name that will be awarded to full-time student athletes in good academic standing.
“After all these years, my favorite thing is when someone comes up to me and says, you were my teacher or coach and you made a difference in my life. Now, today, being able to help support these students is so important,” Williams said. “For some students, this scholarship may mean the difference for them to go back to college to further their career.”
Through the years, Williams has said, “Students are always No. 1. Giving the ability for somebody to go to college and to give them choices to start an education is an important role of the college.” With this in mind, his friends, spearheaded by Jerry and Barbara Green, recognized Williams’ longtime impact at the college and the students he coached across eight sports and 65 seasons by creating the Danny Williams Scholarship in his honor and presented it to him at the CSM Foundation’s Golf Classic in August.
The scholarship came as a complete surprise to Williams. He said that announcing the creation of the scholarship during the tournament was personally meaningful since it was Williams who with alums Greg Cockerham ‘and Rob Chamberlain had together initiated the tournament decades earlier as a way “to raise money for scholarships and we began with raising a couple of thousands of dollars.” To date, the annual signature event, now held at the Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, has raised more than $1 million for student success and athletic programs.
Even more, Williams said, he was humbled that his scholarship began receiving donations immediately, noting, “It was such a gift that the winner of the 50/50 raffle, Bill McGee, donated all of the proceeds from the raffle back to this scholarship.” And finally, making the day even more memorable, Williams was the winner of the tournament’s hole-in-one, earning him a Yeti cooler donated by Waldorf Ford and a trip to Mexico donated by Kemper Sports.
“I can’t believe that 50 people knew about this scholarship in the making, and that I had no idea until the president, Dr. Maureen Murphy, called me up there. The award of Professor Emeritus at the college was my most prestigious award until this scholarship in my name, and now, I can’t wait to continue to make a difference in students’ lives by supporting them with a scholarship to go to college and further their career.”
Williams’ scholarship will be accepting donations during this year’s online giving day. And, like Williams, for many of CSM’s friends and family, #GivingTuesday becomes the opportunity to not only give back to the CSM community but also to challenge friends to join them in the joy of giving.
Already many generous donors throughout the community have pledged to match donations made to various scholarships and programs during #GivingTuesday, dollar for dollar.
When the online event begins Dec. 3, givers can choose among several projects. Along with the generosity shown to scholarships, the CSM Foundation has set a goal to raise support for Student Success, including the Hawk Feeders, athletics and the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Center for Leadership and Scholarship Endowment.
Those projects offering to match donations are listed below, including links to stories from family and friends sharing their inspiration for giving. To give to any of these projects, visit https://www.givecampus.com/5cwtam.
Cox Family Memorial Scholarship: Established in 2002 by the Cox Family to support full- or part-time credit and continuing education students. Linda Cox will match first $1,000.
CSM Men’s Basketball Team: Steve and Vinny Kruszka will match the first $500.
Danny Williams Scholarship: Established in 2019 by Jerry and Barbara Green and friends of Danny Williams in support of student athletes. The Greens will match the first $1,500.
Eleanor Loretta Alvey Endowed Scholarship: Established in 2019 by the Alvey Family to support students who are returning adults with at least one dependent child and reside in St. Mary’s County. Johnny Alvey will match the first $1,000.
Hawk Feeders: Hawk Feeders are micro-pantries where donated foods and goods are available for students to assist with addressing their short-term basic needs. Walter and Jane Grove will match the first $1,000.
Hempstead Family Scholarship: Established in 2017 by Nancy Hempstead to support Calvert County residents who graduated from a Calvert County public high school and participated in Athletics. Hempstead will match the first $1,000.
Jerry and Nancy Zanelotti Memorial Scholarship: Established in 2017 by Toni Kruszka and her brothers Jerry, Joe and John Zanelotti in memory of their parents in support of students majoring in fine arts, with a preference for theater majors. Kruszka will match the first $1,000.
John and Ginny Walters Scholarship: Established in 2019 by Angela Walters Small in support of students pursuing a degree in Teacher Education or Criminal Justice. Small will match the first $1,000.
Johnston Fehl Scholarship Endowment: Established in 2019 by Bob Johnston and Sandy Fehl in support of students pursuing a degree in criminal justice, homeland security, fire science or the arts and humanities pathway, with preference given to veterans. Johnston and Fehl will match the first $3,000.
Nyce Annual and Endowed Scholarships: Established in 2014 by Valerie Nyce in support of students who reside in Southern Maryland. Nyce will match the first $1,500.
Peter Cangelosi Memorial Scholarship: Established in 2014 by Laurie and Raymond Cangelosi to support students majoring in a medical field. The Cangelosi family will match the first $1,750.
Roberta Kieliger Sisters at Heart Scholarship: Established in 2017 by the Sisters at Heart Breast Cancer Survivors Group of Charles County in support of students who are pursuing a degree or certificate in a healthcare field. Bob Kieliger will match the first $1,000.
Southern Maryland Women’s League (SMWL) Scholarship: Established by SMWL in 2009 to support students who are single parents or children of a single-parent household. The SMWL will match the first $1,000.
Zonta Club of Charles County Fund: Established by the Zonta Club of Charles County in 2012 to support students who are experiencing hardship that impacts their ability to begin or continue their academic education. Zonta will match the first $1,000.
For details on how to double your donation, power hours occurring during CSM’s #GivingTuesday, and more, visit the CSM Foundation website at https://foundation.csmd.edu/news-events/giving-tuesday. To become a matching donor on #GivingTuesday, contact the CSM Development Office at 301-934-7599 or email@example.com. To give to any of these projects, visit https://www.givecampus.com/5cwtam.
The College of Southern Maryland is a regionally accredited community college that provides programs and services with a special focus on local workforce development to maintain and grow a healthy economy and community. CSM has been named as a top 150 community college from across the country, eligible for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. CSM serves more than 23,000 credit and continuing education students at its campuses located in Hughesville, La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick, as well as a Higher Education Center shared with University of Maryland University College in Waldorf and a Center for Transportation Training in La Plata. For information about CSM, call 301-934-7765 or visit www.csmd.edu.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide. Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y – a community and cultural center in New York City − #GivingTuesday inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. More than $300 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness. Learn more at https://www.givingtuesday.org/
CSM Foundation Giving Tuesday. Dec. 3. The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation will join colleges and nonprofits around the world to celebrate generosity by participating in Giving Tuesday, a 24-hour online giving event. Make an impact in the community by donating to CSM scholarships and programs. Gifts of every size will help transform lives. You may choose to double your impact by donating to a matching fund. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://foundation.csmd.edu/givingtuesday. To give to any of these projects, visit https://www.givecampus.com/5cwtam