A Quarter of a Million Dollars Donated to Venue Opening in 2014-15
Norfolk, VA: At a ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Winston S. Churchill in Norfolk, VA in June, The Harry and Alice Stillman Family Foundation made a major gift of $250,000 to The Churchill Centre to support development of the new National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University. Announcement of the gift was made on behalf of the Foundation by Roger Stillman and Lee Pollock, Executive Director of The Churchill Centre, in the presence of the Churchill‘s Captain, CDR Christopher Stone and TCC Board Member Rear Adm. Michael Franken, who served as the ship’s first commanding officer.
Stillman said, “When I learned about the plans for the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington I was very impressed with the direction of the Centre. This gift represents our desire to help create a formal center for Churchill studies and to promote the legacy of a great defender of freedom and friend of the United States.” Pollock added, “This gift showcases the Stillman Family’s whole-hearted support for the creation of the National Churchill Library and Center and we are pleased and honored to accept it. It is members like Roger who are enabling us to complete this signature initiative and reach a long-desired goal – a vibrant study center in the heart of our nation’s capital.”
The ceremony began with a tour of the Churchill and concluded with a talk to the ship’s officers by Paul Reid, author of the best-selling The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm.
Stillman noted he was deeply impressed by the opportunity to meet the ship’s officers and crew. “It was a unique and wonderful experience. They were such generous hosts and it was inspiring to see the individuals who defend our country’s freedom,” Stillman added.
The National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University will open in stages in 2014 and 2015. For more information go to:
http://library.gwu.edu/churchillcenter or contact Lee Pollock at (312) 263-5637