A Message from HCEF President Jamie Wombacher
August 28. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Most Americans are familiar with the speech and its hope for equality for all. Here in Harvard, in 1996 Dr. Richard Crosby also had a dream. His dream was for education opportunities for all students in Harvard. His dream was to start an education foundation that one day would have $1,000,000 in its endowment account, and would be able to enhance the education of Harvard students in big ways. His dream started with a small group of supporters, hardworking parents, grandparents, teachers, and business people. Throughout the past 17 years the group has grown and evolved, but with each new supporter came more passion for Dr. Crosby’s dream, There have been ups and downs in the market that have at times made the dream look unattainable, or if attainable, something what would take decades to achieve.
2013 is a very special year for the Harvard Community Education Foundation. With the continued support of the community, business owners, past and present board members, teachers, and administrators, Dr. Crosby’s dream can finally come true this year, At the end of the third quarter, the Foundation’s endowment account balance was just over $973,000. The endowment account has continued to grow, even while the Foundation has funded mini grants to teachers of Harvard and scholarships to graduating seniors. The Foundation would like to send the account balance well over $1,000,000, but to do that we need your help! At the inception of the Foundation in 1996, the founders started a capital campaign to raise the initial funds. The Foundation has launched a capital campaign to send the endowment over the $1,000,000 mark, To make Dr. Crosby’s dream come true, will you consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the Foundation today?
For the past three years, the Foundation has been working diligently to develop a plan to begin gicing back to the students of Harvard in a BIG way once the endowment reaches $1,000,000. This year’s Black & Gold Ball will be unlike any other ball! The ball will be a celebration of the exciting plans the Foundation has for the students of Harvrad. We also hope that by the end of the evening, we will be able to celebrate reaching $1,000,000 in the endowment account, Please join us at the Starline Building on November 9th as we make a million dreams come true!
Jamie Wombacher is an attorney at Gummerson Rausch Wand Lee and Wombacher LLC and is the current Harvard Community Education Foundation President.