Saint Joseph's College and partners launch Frank Fixaris Memorial Endowment

Saint Joseph's College and community partners, including media and sports organizations, will launch the Frank Fixaris Memorial Endowment at a press conference on Tuesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Harold Alfond Center at the Saint Joseph's campus in Standish. The endowment will perpetuate the legacy of Frank Fixaris, a popular and pre-eminent sportscaster in Maine for 50 years. Fixaris died earlier this year in a fire that broke out at his home.

Speakers at the press conference will include Kim Block, a reporter for WGME-TV in Portland who knew and worked with Fixaris for many years; Jon Van Hoogenstyn, general manager of WJAB Sports Radio, where Fixaris co-hosted a popular morning talk show; and Dr. David House, president of Saint Joseph's College, who will announce a kickoff to the endowment with two $5,000 scholarships for a deserving junior and senior in the field of journalism and broadcasting.

Speakers will announce a live call-in radio show dedicated to Frank Fixaris that WJAB will air on Wednesday morning, July 19. They will also talk about the ways in which the endowment will be used.

Partners involved with organizing and supporting the endowment include Portland Press Herald, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland Pirates, Portland Sea Dogs, Maine High School Hockey Invitational, Riverside Municipal Golf Course, Saint Joseph's College, WGME-TV and WJAB Radio. The endowment's campaign partners hope to raise $1 million.

For more information on Frank Fixaris Memorial Endowment, or to contribute, visit www.sjcme.edu/fixaris.

July 11, 2006 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu