▲ In the winter of 2011, the MCC Foundation sponsored a Sunday Skate on the pond alongside the MCC Fitness Trail in Bedford. Nearly 250 members of the community showed up for the afternoon event. T H E A D VA N C E M E N T O F A D VA N C E M E N T In Tsongas’ wake, a development team led by Dean of College Advancement Dennis Malvers has continued the work, expanding the college’s outreach into new areas. Additionally, Executive Vice President Jay Linnehan, who also is the Executive Director of the MCC Foundation, Associate Dean of Advancement Alice Rouse, and Dean of College Communications Brenda Loucks have married the Foundation’s fund-raising efforts to many of the college’s other day-to-day initiatives. Malvers and his staff have also gone to new lengths to bring MCC alumni back into the fold, with the largest alumni outreach in the college’s history. The Foundation also oversees MCC’s Annual Fund, whose contributions from employees, retirees, alumni and friends of the college, are used to support dozens of mini-grants for additional academic and student-focused programs at the college. Since 1988, the Foundation also has generated income through revenue from investments managed by its Board of Directors, a team of more than a dozen business leaders from throughout Massachusetts. Additionally, the MCC Foundation has supported many new initiatives on both campuses, including the college’s 40th anniversary black-tie Grand Gala at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, a Block Party on the Bedford campus, Spring Fling on the Lowell campus, a Sunday Skate on the Fitness Trail pond, a 5K Fitness Challenge, and a 40-mile Bike Challenge. Said Linnehan: “The mission of our Advancement Office has been to continue to support efforts to move the college forward. The support of our external and internal partners has woven a fabric that allows Middlesex to achieve so many of its successes.” 99