Robert and Bach Jeffrey
Almost every day for 30 years, Robert (Bob) and Bach Jeffrey passed by Howard Community College (HCC), located just a mile or so away from their home. As parking lots became fuller and facilities expanded right before their eyes, they felt inclined to offer some support to the school that was clearly impacting and shaping the community they had called home. They began by sponsoring events and supporting fundraising efforts. Eventually, Bob was invited to join the HCC Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“When I joined the Foundation Board, I really had an opportunity to learn about all of the good work HCC was doing, as well as the school’s vision, long-term plans, and needs,” said Bob. “Bach and I want to support our community, and we could do that by giving to the college.”
Together, the couple offers philanthropic support to student scholarships by naming spaces in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, the Health Sciences Building, and the Science, Engineering, and Technology Building. Most recently, the Jeffrey’s volunteered their time and talent to serve as chairs of HCC’s 2017 President’s Gala, a sold-out event that netted more than $200K for student scholarships. Bob and Bach attribute the Gala’s success to a conscientious committee, dedicated staff, a generous community, and a worthwhile cause.
“Being involved at HCC opens a door for us to create access to education and be part of people’s stories of success,” said Bob. “The college’s leadership has always been good stewards of donor dollars; they invest thoughtfully and strategically. So we know that our money is being spent in a way that is positively impacting the students who choose to learn at HCC.”
One of those students is Bach herself. A retired dentist with a personal passion for world languages, she has taken a series of foreign language courses on campus, including Spanish and (Mandarin) Chinese. Experiencing life at HCC from the student perspective has made Bach even more proud to be an avid donor and supporter of the school.
“The professors are so kind and clearly love their work as teachers,” she said. “They make HCC a fun place to learn. It feels good to know that Bob and I are contributing in ways that helps make it all possible.”