Pete and Beth Horowitz, Donors
Pete and Beth Horowitz’s contributions to Howard Community College are obvious as soon as someone steps on campus and sees the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. When asked how they became connected to HCC it began when their son Matthew attended HCC and received his associate’s degree. He then went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania.
As the college’s first million dollar donors, they contributed to the Visual and Performing Arts Center, and Pete Horowitz says, “Best million we ever spent.” For the couple, art is a passion. They began their own engineering company years ago, which they sold in 2001, in their basement, building it into a successful business. “What we did for relaxation was collect art and we’ve done it all our married life,” says Beth Horowitz. Her husband adds, “It broke the tension of engineering.” Beth said, “We thought if this is going to be an art center, it needs some art. That’s why we gave the paintings.” Those paintings from contemporary Russian artists are prominently displayed in the building. She adds, “Thinking about the earlier days, it was a pretty linear campus. I like to think that the Horowitz Center with its unique design was a breakthrough and forever changed the campus.”
Their contributions didn’t stop with the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Pete Horowitz served on the Educational Foundation Board and both have attended numerous HCC events. They also recently donated to the new Science, Engineering, and Technology Building and both are impressed that art continues to weave its way through campus. Pete says, “For example, the sculpture in front of the Science, Engineering, and Technology Building sets the tone for what is expected here. I walk into the building and it’s a shock of wonder. This is so inspiring. You think, ‘I want to be here’.”
It’s not only the art and campus that impresses Pete and Beth but also the faculty and staff. Their employees took HCC courses for pleasure and to further their skills. For Beth, who finished her bachelors and masters’ degrees evenings, weekends and summers while raising three children and working, she understands the dedication it takes. “When someone is working and has a family but needs to get an education, this is a great place to be. HCC fills a need.” Both agree, “Here the people care about you.” Pete Horowitz, who is a MIT graduate, adds, ”My proudest degree is my honorary degree from HCC.”