Lancaster – The sounds of Master Flautist Galen Abdur-Razzaq filled the Fairfield National Bank lobby in downtown Lancaster Friday morning. Ohio University Lancaster asked Abdur-Razzaq to perform at the bank as a way to thank the bank officers and board of directors for their contributions to the campus.
"In addition to making a $75,000 corporate gift to the Fairfield National Bank Scholarship, Steve Wells, President of FNB, and his wife Lisa have made a personal contribution of $10,000 to support the performing arts at OUL. Furthermore, between their board of directors and their bank officers, Fairfield National Bank as a whole is contributing more than $100,000 to Ohio University Lancaster and Pickerington," said Lancaster Campus Development Director Mandi Custer. "The performance is a very small gesture for their very big support."
Abdur-Razzaq performed Thursday evening in Ohio University Lancaster's Wagner Theatre as part of a Black History Month celebration, which included Civil War Historian Dr. Leonne Hudson of Kent State University. The event was sponsored by Fairfield National Bank. Custer said she hopes Abdur-Razzaq's Friday morning performance at the bank shows FNB that the campus is appreciative.
"We are truly thankful for Fairfield National Bank and its investment in the students of this community and in the campus itself," said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smth. "The funds donated help students realize their dreams and enrich their experience while at Ohio University Lancaster."
"In my 15 year fundraising career, I have seen corporate giving fluctuate dramatically. We are currently living in a time when it is exceptionally challenging to raise much-needed philanthropic dollars," said Custer. "Fairfield National Bank never falters in their commitment to charities and the betterment of Fairfield County. Their support, both corporately and personally, for our students and community is proof that giving is still alive and well within our local business environment."
The FNB scholarship will help fund tuition at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington while also granting students an opportunity to apply for a paid internship at the bank.
The gift supports Ohio University's The Promise Lives Campaign, a $450 million campaign to support scholarships, faculty, the student experience, facilities, and community outreach. So far the Campaign has raised more than $413 million in support of these priorities. The Campaign ends in June, 2015.
On the Lancaster Campus, funds are being raised to support scholarships, arts and culture, facilities and future endeavors through planned giving.
Ohio University's Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center are a critical gateway to education and opportunity for students and the community. Fourteen associate's degree and nine bachelor's degree majors are offered, along with four master's degree programs at the Pickerington Center. The Lancaster Campus has experienced tremendous progress since its founding in 1956, and continues to provide a high quality university education within a small-college setting at an affordable price.
To learn more about The Promise Lives Campaign or to make a donation, contact Mandi Custer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-654-6711 ext. 234.