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09/19/2017
Peter Marx awarded Hudson Valley Community College Foundation’s 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist Award at annual Leadership Donor Reception

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation named local businessman Peter Marx the 2017 recipient of its Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Marx received the award during the college’s annual Leadership Donor Reception on Sept. 14 at the Franklin Plaza Rooftop Terrace in Troy.

The award is presented annually to an individual, couple or family foundation that has shown exemplary leadership through charitable giving to Hudson Valley. Recipients promote the mission, vision and values of a community college education by facilitating access, opportunity and student success through philanthropy.

Marx, who is the president of local construction company U.W. Marx, Inc., was honored for his myriad contributions to Hudson Valley. Most notably, he is responsible for the establishment of the college’s Construction Technology Program Fund and is a long-term corporate sponsor of the U.W. Marx Golf Classic, a fundraiser that will mark its 24th year in 2018.

“We at the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation are honored to recognize Peter Marx for his generosity with the 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist Award,” said Regina Scarano LaGatta. “He has provided funding, advice, and time to support the college for decades, and in doing so he has provided countless opportunities for so many of our students. We are grateful for all of his many contributions, and it is our pleasure to recognize him with this award.”

Hudson Valley’s Construction Technology Program Fund supports scholarships, programming, professional development, community outreach, and equipment and supplies for students in the college’s construction programs. Meanwhile, proceeds from the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation U.W. Marx, Inc. Golf Classic have helped to fund scholarships for over 100 students, along with the creation of the Armed Forces Study Room in the Marvin Library, state-of-the-art equipment for the Science Center, and multiple new academic initiatives, including contributions to the college’s nursing program.

Marx is only the third person to receive the award since its inception two years ago. The 2015 award recipient, former Foundation Board Chairman Gordon Zuckerman, and 2016 recipient, Doug Baldrey, a former professor at the college and Foundation Board member, were in attendance at the event.

For more information about the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, visit its website.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 85 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 11,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.

Peter Marx, center, poses with Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak, left, and Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board of Directors Chariperson Frank Sarratori, right, at the Foundation's Leadership Donor Reception on Thursday, Sept. 14., 2017
Peter Marx, center, poses with Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak, left, and Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board of Directors Chairperson Frank Sarratori, right, after receiving the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the Foundation's Leadership Donor Reception on Thursday, Sept. 14., 2017.