The announcement by the Lincoln Medical Center of a $25,000 contribution towards the proposed new Science and Technology Center at the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College advances the project very close to its $1.9 million goal. The college has already received commitments of $1.6 million. Other contributors include $750,000 from Lincoln County and $300,000 from the Timken Foundation.
This gift from the hospital underscores the importance placed on the college by our local institutions. Don Ballard, chair of the local campaign, said the hospital will be well served by the college as it produces new graduates in medical and nursing fields. Indeed, LMC is proving itself to be a team player in this community by enhancing educational resources that can prepare our residents for the high-tech workplaces of the future.
A few more generous donations will assure the success of this important project. Anyone interested in helping can call the foundation at (704)922-6511.
A smaller, but important grant of some $3,000 was also announced this week by the new Lincoln County Community Foundation. The money was divided into contributions to five non-profit organizations: East Lincoln Christian Ministry; the Lincoln County Chapter of the American Red Cross; the Lincoln Historical Association; the Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Representatives of each of these organizations expressed thanks during Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Lincolnton Rotary Club and explained how they planned to use the money. The Community Foundation is fairly new, but a growing resource to Lincoln Countyâ€™s core community services and has already begun a program of annual of contributions. It will be a long-term giver to Lincoln Countyâ€™s non-profit organizations. Any organization interested in getting on the foundationâ€™s list can call McCray Benson at (704) 973-4559, or contact local board officers Seth Haney, Scott Carpenter or Richard Jonas.