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Maine Central Institute (MCI) Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins announced the School has received a $10,000 grant from the Skowhegan Savings Charitable Foundation for MCI’s $6.5 million Founders Campaign at a check presentation with Bank officials on the Pittsfield campus.
“We are grateful for the generous support of the Skowhegan Savings Charitable Foundation,” Hopkins said in accepting the check, “and are honored to have earned their support for the Founders Campaign, which will strengthen MCI for the next 150 years.”
MCI celebrated its 150th year in 2016. The Founders Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in MCI’s history, and is also the School’s first comprehensive campaign.
“MCI is unique. We are pleased to support this independent school offering a comprehensive educational program to a multicultural student body,” said Renee Hawthorne, branch manager of the Skowhegan Savings Pittsfield branch. “Our contribution is a team effort with the community to ensure that educational diversity is still available to the region for another 150 years,” Hawthorne added.
Maine Central Institute’s guitar students were present as Bruce Harrington, Skowhegan Savings, Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer and Renee Hawthorne, Skowhegan Savings Branch Manager, Fairfield and Pittsfield Branches present a check to Christopher J. Hopkins, MCI Headmaster and Dean Neal, MCI Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair.
The Campaign supports four distinct areas – academics, the arts, athletics and endowment. Funds will support major renovations in Founders Hall, the original building on MCI’s campus, and the repurposing of the 58-year old J.R. Cianchette building to create a Visual and Performing Arts Education Center. Campaign contributions have already been expended to construct three new multipurpose athletic fields on campus. The fourth area of the comprehensive Campaign will increase the School’s $6.5 million endowment by $2 million.
The Campaign was launched at MCI’s reunion on Friday, August 5th with the announcement of the schools first $1 million pledge and a major challenge gift. To date, 132 donors have contributed $4.36 million to the Founders Campaign. Gifts from individual donors are being matched dollar-for-dollar as part of the $500,000 Koester Family Challenge. Gifts totaling $279,506 have been matched thus far. Officials hope to reach the Campaign goal by Friday, August 4th 2017.
For information on how to support MCI’s Founders Campaign, visit
Skowhegan Savings' charitable giving program makes donations to both large and small local non-profit and charitable organizations, with a focus on financial literacy programs and economic and community development.
MCI is the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. The school also educates boarding students from more than 14 countries and day students from numerous other Maine communities.