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Town 'N Gown continued its tradition of supporting the ODU community for the past 41 years with its annual gifts to organizations which serve and support the area.

Outgoing President, Charlotte Fitzgerald, presided over the evening, June 4th in Webb Center with 50 attendees. After installing its new slate of officers for the coming year, incoming President Floyd Friesen presented Checks for $250 each to the ODU Sailing Center, Lambert's Point and Park Place Summer Training Program and the Annual Madrigal Banquet. A check for $3,000 was given to the Perry Library to install a new lighting system to illuminate an art display area.

Cecelia Tucker, director of community relations for the university, accepted the gift on behalf of the Lambert's Point and Park Place program which has brought both fun and education to children since 1992. The program provides a free summer camp-like experience for 150 local children each year including: marine science, basketball, field trips and computer literacy courses. "This is a very important program for our local children and the continued support by Town-N-Gown means a great deal," Tucker said.

Town 'N Gown was founded in 1965 by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Fortescue (Town) and Dr. and Mrs. John R. Tabb (ODU) is composed of members of the local community (TOWN), military personnel ("N" for National Defense) and university personnel (GOWN). The organization promotes a positive relationship between the university and surrounding community with programs and activities which increase awareness and appreciation of the university and military community. Membership is open to all.

This article was posted on: June 7, 2006

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