Mega Millions winner makes gift to TU

One-time TU student supports COFAC endowment

TOWSON, Md. (April 14, 2006)—Bernadette "Bernie" Gietka, a lifelong Maryland resident and winner of Maryland's Mega Million Jackpot, has given $50,000 to Towson University in support of the Arts. Gietka, who has studied at Towson, has an appreciation for film, theater and music and is pursuing her dream of producing a musical.

This generous gift to Towson's endowment will allow us to use the money where we need it the most—faculty development, student travel, equipment or guest artists," Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication Christopher Spicer said.

In recognition of her gift the university is naming the following spaces in the Center for The Arts: The Bernadette and Jerry Gietka Green Room; The Bernadette Gietka Script Library, The Bernadette and Catherine Gietka Costume Shop and The Bernadette Gietka Practice Room. 

Gietka worked four part-time jobs struggling to maintain her modest Essex home when she won the $183 million Mega Millions lottery in June 2003. 

The Center for the Arts at Towson University is a $53 million project that has doubled the size and performance venues in the state of the art building. Improvements include a new black box theatre; new theatre director's labs and lecture classrooms; a renovated band room; a new recording studio; new percussion and jazz labs; a new recital hall; new offices; an expanded Asian Arts Gallery; a new Main Art Gallery; a new Asian garden; a new and enlarged box office; new dance studios including a new dance performance hall; and a new MFA art studio and gallery.   

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