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Dear Classmates ‘71

 Richard and Betty Shepherd are serving as Co-Chairs for our Fundraising Campaign in association with our 50th Class Reunion. Our goal for our 50th Class Reunion in 2021 is $200,000.  We would like to use our gift to establish the Class of '71 Scholarship Endowment Fund.  This will result in creating a legacy that will live on and never die!!  We will be presenting our first annual scholarship for 2021/2022 academic year.

Thanks to all of you who are contributing.  For those who haven't begun, start now and contribute regularly through 2021. Once we reach $200,000, President Jackson-Hammond and supported by our new president, Jack Thomas, will allow us to prominently display a plaque in the new Student Center that will list the names of our classmates who contributed. 

Below are the various levels of contributions for your consideration: 

Platinum Level: $10,000 and above 

Gold Level: $5,000 - $9,999 

Silver Level: $2,500 - $4,999 

Bronze Level: $500 - $2499 

Donor Level: $100 - $499

For those making their contributions by check, for accurate record keeping, please make the checks payable to: Central State University and write"1971 Class Reunion" on the memo line.

Mail the checks to:

Betty Shepherd
6123 Campfire Court
Columbia, MD 21045 

Please note that if paying by check, it will take several weeks before the contribution will be posted to the CSU Believers website Class of 1971 page but it will be included on the monthly Accumulative Report which we encourage you to check regularly.

Please note that ALL GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  You may want to use Required Minimum Distribution as a way to not increase your tax liability.  

To ensure receipt of our letters and emails regarding the class Fundraising Campaign, we need your current mailing address, email address, and phone number. 

Please contact Rommie Sherman to inform him of any changes to your contact information. Please contact Lolly Garrette Sanders, who is keeping a list of our deceased classmates, if you know of any classmate who has recently passed away. 

For additional information and University updates, you can visit our Class of ’71 Facebook which is being managed by Marion McDowell and Jon Banks. Their contact information and link to the Facebook page are as follows: 

Rommie Sherman: or 215-242-8028

Lolly Garrette Sanders: or 513-887-2626

You can help us reach our goal by contacting and encouraging our classmates to contribute to the campaign. We also want to request that you ask your family and friends to make donations to help us reach our goal. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: 

Betty Kennedy Shepherd 
410-740-4040 (H)
443-677-6308 (M) 

Richard Shepherd
443-677-6306 (M) 

For God, For Central, For State

Richard '71& Betty Shepherd’71, Co-Chairs



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