|Mr. Frank Marino, pictured at left, and Mr. Tom Hawkins, pictured at right, present the donation check to Dr. Joe Ben Welch. Mr. Frank Marino and Mr. Tom Hawkins are the Vice President of Marketing at Atmos Energy Louisiana Division and the President of Atmos Energy Louisiana Division, respectively.
Atmos Energy Corporation (Atmos Energy)
sponsored the first classroom in what will be the first building constructed at
the site of the future home of River Parishes Community College (RPCC).
This generous donation supports the RPCC Foundation Capital Campaign for
Phase II construction of the new Advanced Technology Center, which will house
technical programs that are currently housed on Airline Highway in
Sorrento. Phase I construction is for a building that will house the academic programs
and administrative offices currently housed at the academic campus on John
LeBlanc Boulevard in Sorrento.
Atmos Energy Corporation is one of the country's
largest natural- gas-only distributors, serving about three million natural gas
distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in nine states from the Blue
Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy
also provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial,
commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and
manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of
the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas.
Atmos Energy has been a long-time supporter of RPCC
through generous donations such as this and participation in the RPCC
Foundation Annual Golf Tournament. Mr.
Frank Marino, Vice President of Marketing at Atmos Energy, has also supported
RPCC through his service on the RPCC Foundation Board.
The River Parishes Community College Foundation
(RPCC Foundation) is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the college
through fundraising efforts. The RPCC
Foundation raises funds through two main campaigns, the Annual Fund Campaign
and the Capital Campaign. The Annual
Fund Campaign supports RPCC with ongoing costs in four categories: student
scholarships, faculty excellence, programming and greatest needs. The Capital Campaign covers major one-time
expenses such as private funding for RPCC’s Advanced Technology Center.