$50,000 H.J. Russell & Company gift supports critical needs, names room at GGC

H.J. Russell & Company has made a gift of $50,000 to Georgia Gwinnett College to meet critical needs, announced Lori Buckheister, director of Development. The college and GGC Foundation will recognize the gift by naming a conference room in the college’s signature building in honor of the company.

H.J. Russell & Company has made a gift of $50,000 to Georgia Gwinnett College to meet critical needs, announced Lori Buckheister, director of Development. The college and GGC Foundation will recognize the gift by naming a conference room in the college’s signature building in honor of the company.

H.J. Russell & Company began its association with Georgia Gwinnett when it built the college’s three student residence halls.

“We believe in active corporate citizenship,” said Michael Russell, chief executive officer. “We were pleased to help build this impressive, new institution through the construction of its student housing. However, as part of the Gwinnett community, we also felt that we had a responsibility to support GGC in other areas where assistance was needed. This naming opportunity allowed us to do that.”

While H.J. Russell & Company’s generosity will be permanently honored through the room naming, the company’s donation will have a significant impact elsewhere on the campus.

“H.J. Russell & Company allowed us to use its donation where it was needed most. Such unrestricted gifts give the college tremendous flexibility in funding unmet needs, answering unexpected challenges or taking advantage of unplanned opportunities,” said Buckheister. “In this case, we identified an unfunded project we believed would be especially meaningful to the company.”

The funds will provide an elevator in Building D, which houses the college’s Department of Admissions and other vital services. This building was acquired by the college several years ago but was originally built before the Americans with Disabilities Act. The elevator will make the building ADA compliant, and enable individuals with disabilities to access the second floor.

“Because H.J. Russell & Company is in the construction business, it is fitting that our donation will be used in the construction of a much-needed upgrade to Building D,” said Russell. “The ADA ensures that a building can be used by individuals with all levels of ability, and I’m proud that these funds will provide permanent accessibility for students, faculty, staff and guests.”

“We appreciate our relationship with Michael Russell and his excellent team, and especially appreciate the outstanding quality of their work,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We are especially grateful for the company’s generosity, which will be permanently remembered through the conference room’s name, as well as every time someone uses the Building D elevator. Thank you to all involved for this important contribution to Georgia Gwinnett College and the students it serves.”

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