Golf Outing Raises Funds for Rossell Endowment

Posted: August 16, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Halpin

On Friday, August 10, more than 120 Mason employees and local business partners met at the Bristow Manor Golf Club for the seventh annual Prince William Golf Classic. This has traditionally been a day for faculty and staff from Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun to socialize, network and promote community between the campuses.

What started out as a beautiful day for golf turned into a bittersweet memorial for a dear friend when Larry Czarda, vice president for regional campuses, announced at the post-tournament luncheon that recent Mason retiree David W. Rossell had passed away that same afternoon. Rossell had been a fixture at the annual golf outing since its inception in 2000.

The live auction that was held after the luncheon raised more than $7,000. All proceeds will go to the David W. Rossell Scholarship Endowment. Auction items included a Freedom Center Membership, Redskins and Nationals tickets, Kenny Chesney concert tickets, professional car detailing from Advantage Certified Auto Group and a gift certificate for golf at Evergreen Country Club. All items were donated by Mason employees.

Donations were matched dollar-for-dollar by Czarda, Events Management executive director Barb Lubar and David Roe, chief financial officer for the George Mason University Foundation Inc.

“Dave [Rossell] came to Mason a year after I did, almost 25 years ago,” Czarda says.  “It’s hard to put into words how much of a constant he has been. While I will indeed miss his unique skill set and professional competence, I will much more dearly miss his calm, kind and steady friendship. Mason has lost one of our most loyal folks.”

In his memory, the Dave Rossell Camaraderie in Golf Spirit Award was established at this year’s event. Keith Segerson, assistant dean and managing director of the Mason Enterprise Center, and Roe were the recipients.

Individuals who wish to contribute to the scholarship endowment may donate online by visiting the Supporting Mason web site. Indicate the Rossell endowment in the comment section. For more information on contributing, call Kathleen Kehoe at 703-993-8740.

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