January 20, 2022
Versteegens eager to see PAC become reality
Couple gifts PAC coat room as part of Foundation endowment effort
Peter Versteegen, left, and his wife, Dr. Rosie Versteegen, have gifted the coat room in the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College. The PAC is scheduled to open in late spring.
Dr. Rosie Versteegen said she and husband Peter are thrilled to be playing a role in seeing the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College move from dream to reality.
"We have been involved with pretty much every attempt to build a community performing arts center since the effort in the early 1990s to build an amphitheater in the state park, and we're delighted to see the end in sight," said Dr. Versteegen, who with her husband has provided a naming gift for the PAC's coat room.
Dr. Versteegen said she and Peter believe the PAC will be a valuable community resource.
"Having had grandkids in middle school, we see great opportunities for improved education and enjoyment," she said.
Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College's president, said the Versteegens' PAC gift "is just another example of their ongoing commitment to the College and the county."
"We're so fortunate to have Rosie and Peter as such fantastic community partners," added Midcap. "I greatly appreciate this latest gift, which will help the Garrett College Foundation reach its goal of creating a $2.5 million endowment for the performing arts center."
Dr. Versteegen, who sits on the Garrett College Foundation Board of Directors, was a co-chair of the Foundation's highly successful STEM endowment campaign. That effort, which ran from 2017-18, raised nearly $2.4 million for STEM scholarships and an operational fund for the College's newly built Offutt STEM Center.
"Rosie and Peter give so freely of their time and resources to Garrett College and to the Foundation," observed GCF Executive Director Cherie Krug. "I appreciate their generosity as well as Rosie's leadership role with the Foundation."
The PAC is scheduled to open in late spring.