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Trawicks Make Million-Dollar Donation to Strathmore

Bethesda philanthropists Jim and Carol Trawick donated a gift of $1 million to Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., and were honored in a ceremony at the Music Center at Strathmore on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The donation, which will help fund Strathmore’s music and arts education program, is Strathmore’s largest gift since the opening of the Music Center in February 2005.

"Education is such an integral part of our program at Strathmore. This gift will allow us to expand our education program and provide increased access to the arts for children and adults in our community. The Trawicks have long been committed to supporting the arts throughout Montgomery County," said Catherine Meloy, Chair of the Strathmore Board of Directors.

The Trawicks founded Trawick & Associates of Bethesda, an IT company that had several multimillion-dollar, long-term contracts with federal and military agencies. The company sold for an undisclosed amount to Veritas Capital, a private equity firm in New York, on November 3. In January, Carol Trawick was named the "Business Gazette" 2006 Executive of the Year. She is the founder of the annual Trawick Prize, a Bethesda Contemporary Art Award now in its fifth year; chairwoman of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership; first female president of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club; past president of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce; a trustee for Hospice Caring; treasurer of the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors; and Gala Co-Chair of the Big Easy Ball fundraiser at Strathmore in April 2007.

The Trawicks also recently created The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, an organization that seeks to assist local human service and arts non-profit organizations in the achievement of their mission. Gail Nachman has been named the Executive Director of the Trawick Foundation.