Sugar Ray Leonard, PGCC’s BIG Bucks, and Question 7 (Demo)

Sugar Ray Leonard back in PGCo to promote anti-bullying, literacy,  and “Let’s Move.” Prince George’s Community College Exceeds Fundraising Goal by $3 million, MGM Resorts Chief Executive says gambling race is “closer than it should be.”
Sugar Ray Leonard
Hometown hero, Olympic gold medalist, and world champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard will join Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw and Bob Ross (President, Prince George’s County NAACP) to announce three key initiatives in the Palmer Park community: Anti-bullying, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Campaign, and literacy promotion.  A press conference is being held today, at 3:45pm at the Police Services Complex Multi-purpose room, 7600 Barlowe Road, Palmer Park.
Mr. Leonard, who grew up in Palmer Park on what is now Ray Leonard Road, will unveil his plans to extend the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center by creating additional educational opportunities for local children. He will also present several signed tokens of his appreciation to various attendees.  For more information, call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division, 301-772-4710.  I don’t know about you all, but I grew up thinking the most of Sugar Ray Leonard; I was an huge boxing fan in the days when when boxing looked more like a sport and less like a side show.  Glad to see Leonard putting his name behind such worth causes.
From Afro Newspaper:

Prince George's Community CollegePrince George’s Community College has raised more than $18 million in the first year of a capital campaign, exceeding its $15 million target, PGCC President Charlene Dukes said Oct. 9. Dukes, speaking at the PGCC Foundation Partners for Success’ awards dinner at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, hailed the success of the campaign to raise money through the PGCC Foundation from local corporations and private donors to help pay for faculty and workforce training, upgrade building and technology on the campus and fund scholarships.  Gov. Martin O‘Malley and two major PGCC benefactors were applauded for their financial support by Dukes as she pointed out that the campaign’s new aim is to raise $25 million over the next two years.

That’s good news PGCC!!! Congratulations and big SHOUT OUT to Afro Newspaper.  I grew up reading and supporting this paper and I’m glad to see it’s still around.
Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a breakfast in Largo (why wasn’t I invited?) where MGM Resorts Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Muren gave comments.  The Washington Post was there, alas PGC Blog was not so I’m passing this info on to the PGC Blog reading audience from the WPost.  Muren is peeved that Penn National has spent $21.6 million to promote voting “no” to Question 7, expanding gambling in Prince George’s County. 

Jim Muren, MGM
Jim Muren, MGM

“This wouldn’t be such a close race if not for one casino in West Virginia spending tens of millions of dollars on the airwaves confusing the issue and trying to tell people in Maryland how to vote,” Murren said. Penn owns a casino in Charles Town, W.Va., that analysts say would take a significant hit if another large-scale venue opens in Maryland. Proponents of the
measure have accused Penn of acting to protect its interests in Charles Town — a notion Penn denies.  You know what I want to know?  Why can’t we just have a $800 million resort WITHOUT the gambling?  Make it a hub for entertainment, shopping, galas, and such WITHOUT adding a vice that most often leads to people losing for the establishment to be profitable.  Take a look at this Jim Muren fella; he’s a prosperous looking guy.  Wonder how many lost bets fuel his look?

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Comments (2)

Hi Ceemac- Fairly new reader to your blog and I like very much! Thanks for keeping folks in the loop!
I was at a meeting on last night where two representatives from the County gave an overview and history of the Measure which I can say I’m glad I listened to. The basic argument boils down to revenue and PGCo needs it. I will more than likely be voting Yes, but I’m not too keen on the location, though from a logistical standpoint, it makes sense.

Hi Ceemac:
Funny observations in article. I am like Jacquie. I see your point about building it without the gambling which is plausible but I think more people stand to make money if it is a casino. These people are probably key to getting the place built regardless of it being a casino or not. In order to get something, all of them have win.
I like the quality look of National Harbor but I don’t like the way it is set apart from Prince George’s County in its marketing.

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