Jeff and Caryn Talarico of Kerrville will co-chair the 2017-18 Hill Country College Fund campaign which seeks to raise $625,000 to benefit students who attend Schreiner University from seven area counties.
“Caryn and I are honored to have been asked to do this. We truly believe in the program or we would not support it,” said Jeff Talarico, a financial advisor and franchise owner with Ameriprise Financial. “I’ve been in the community 20 years and this is my 16th or 17th Hill Country College Fund campaign.”
“Schreiner has always been here for us. We did not go to school here nor did our children. But I know a lot of young people—who might not have been able to go to college—that the Hill Country College Fund has touched, who have become very productive members of our community. That’s why we do it.”
Caryn Talarico is director of community relations for the Kerrville State Hospital.
The Talaricos and other campaign leaders were introduced Wednesday, Sept. 6, during a breakfast at Schreiner. The division leaders are musician and adjunct faculty member George Eychner and realtor Judy Eychner, business gifts; former Museum of Western Art executive director Rick Assunto, community gifts; former Kerrville Mayor Jack Pratt, advanced gifts; and Assistant Dean of Students Matt Goodwyn and Interim Dean of Sciences and Mathematics Kiley Miller, university gifts.
Schreiner University President Charlie McCormack and Vice President for Advancement Mark Tuschak addressed the volunteer leaders and introduced new Director of Development Marta Diffen. Community Development Officer L. Beth Johnson led a question-and-answer discussion following the breakfast.
The HCCF provides need-based scholarships to Schreiner University students from Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall, Bandera, Edwards, Kimble and Real counties. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to fund scholarships.
Donations may be made online at www.schreiner.edu/giving /hccf.
The campaign officially kicks off with an Oct. 4 fund-raising luncheon at the university. The event is free to the public, but reservations should be made by calling 830-792-7201.
To volunteer, donate or learn more about the campaign, phone 830-792-7201.