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As Public Funding Wanes, Bank Donates $20K to Perry Hall Stadium

The Perry Hall High School Athletic Boosters Club is hoping other businesses follow Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan Association's lead.

Tony Taylor is well aware of Baltimore County's budget restrictions, but that shouldn't stand in the way of improvements at , he said.

As president of , Taylor is leading an effort to gain support from local businesses to help renovate the school's football stadium and replace the scoreboard.

"Perry Hall needs changes. It needs to be updated. It needs another addition ... By funding athletic projects through donations, we hope to take some of the pressure off of the county, so they can focus on those endeavors," Taylor said.

On Thursday afternoon, the Boosters gained an enthusiastic supporter—, which is , presented a $20,000 sponsorship donation to the project.

The bank opted to present the sponsorship in a lump sum, rather than break it up into $5,000 payments over the course of four years. The gesture could speed up the process of gaining a new scoreboard, which Taylor anticipates becoming a reality by spring 2013.

"A lot of our employees graduated from Perry Hall, including my wife," said Thomas Wintz, president and CEO of Rosedale Federal. "We donated because we're here, we've always been a huge part of the community."

Taylor said he has been working closely with to drum up private sector support for school athletics.

"Tony called me because he was looking for ways to find funding. One of my jobs as councilman is to find ways to get projects done, even when we can't rely on public funding," Marks said.

Marks suggested that Taylor contact Rosedale Federal, which has also donated to the and the Perry Hall Library's . "They're constantly giving back to the community," Marks said.

Delegates and each stated that as public funding wanes, special projects must rely on business and private donations.

"Government is spread so thin, that it's important to get those sponsorships," Cluster said.

State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier praised the bank for stepping up to the project. "It's a wonderful community bank—I can't think of any better way to describe it," she said.

More information on the stadium project and sponsorship opportunities is available on the Booster's website.

Should schools have more flexibility to gain advertisers and sponsors to fund projects? Tell us what you think in the comments.

tony June 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I plan on switching to rosedale federal soon, but I do think that if the average Joe or small businesses wants to donate to a school for any reason it should be allowed. And I think the more ways they can gain money the better. Lets not deprive our children because of stupid laws
Kevin June 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I was thinking the same thing, I need to look into doing business with Rosedale. This news is great! Perry Hall HS needs so many improvements - it will be the biggest issue for me for the foreseeable future. I'm jealous of the nice Howard County schools I've seen and Perry Hall population has grown by thousands, we need an improved high school.
The Mole June 07, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Tony Taylor has been doing a remarable job with the Boosters.Keep it up.Thankyou Rosedale my bank
teachergirl June 07, 2012 at 10:14 PM
As a teacher at Overlea High School I would love to see that type of funding made available to other schools too! Keep up the good work for Perry Hall though, it is my neighborhood.
Other Tim June 08, 2012 at 12:22 AM
"Perry Hall HS needs so many improvements". Then why spend $20,000 on a scoreboard?
Kevin June 08, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Tim, if $5M isn't being discussed for inside the school, then I'll accept some $20k curb appeal in a scoreboard, that's needed too.
Guest June 09, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I use to bank with Rosedale and changed because I wanted to deposit and cash a payroll check from BCPS and was $2.50 short in covering it in my savings account. They would only deposit all of the check and not let me have any of it for 3 days. I had been a long time customer (over 10 years) with them. All I can say is thank goodness they have a heart for the school.

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