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One Last Call to Action By Gayle

  Gayle Simmons, Mineral Area College Foundation board member, is making final call by matching donations to support the Enhancement Grant Campaign that benefits allied health, business and law enforcement programs. He’s dedicating the campaign to his late wife, Rowena.
With only a few weeks left in the Simmons Match Campaign, Dr. N. Gayle Simmons is making one last call to action to help the annual fund-raising campaign he organizes for the foundation.
Simmons, a former Flat River Junior College student, dean and current member of the Mineral Area College Foundation Board, is partnering with donors for the Mineral Area College Enhancement Grant fund. He is encouraging first-time donors to the Simmons Match Campaign by matching the first 50 gifts of $90 or more with a $90 match of his own. The first 50 returning donors, gifts of $90 or more will receive a $45 boost.  Any other eligible gifts will be matched 10%. This match coupled with the Department for Elementary and Secondary Education’s $3-for$1 match to the enhancement grant means that a donation of $90 could result in $720 in spending power for Mineral Area College, an 800% increase.
“There really isn’t a better time than now to give,” says Simmons, who is dedicating this campaign to his late wife, Rowena.  “Your gift continues Rowena’s legacy by supporting one of the missions she loved and believed in the most – Mineral Area College.”
“There may also be some tax savings for those who contribute,” Simmons said. “The IRA Charitable Rollover allows those over age 70 ½ to transfer from their IRA to MAC Foundation, without counting these funds as part of their income and without paying income taxes. This provision is set to expire at the end of the year.”
Funds from the enhancement grant purchase training equipment to prepare MAC students to be leaders in their fields. Past beneficiaries have included Business, Law Enforcement and Allied Health programs. Now in its fifth year, the campaign has generated approximately $222,000 in purchasing power for MAC. Training equipment, software and career-related simulation modules have been purchased to keep MAC’s educational programs on the cutting edge.
The Simmons match is reserved for individuals and limited to one per household.  The Simmons Match expires on Gayle's 91st birthday, Oct. 22.
Those who wish to give may call (573) 518-2114, visit, or send a check to Mineral Area College Foundation, P.O. BOX 1000, Park Hills, MO 63601.

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