The University of Findlay hosted a gala on Saturday to celebrate the success of the Give Voice to your Values Campaign. A total of $52,606,371 was revealed as the value of funds raised during the campaign.
Over 275 donors, alumni, parents and friends of the University entered the gala to find the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex transformed. Every aspect of the evening reflected the support of the donors to the campaign and its impact on the University’s students. Instead of a red carpet, the walkway was lined with a portion of the synthetic turf recently installed at the Peg and Russ Armstrong Sports Complex, salads featured greens grown by UF students at the campus Hoop House made possible by a private gift, and each table highlighted a student who received an endowed scholarship supported by one of the campaign donors.
“Thanks to our generous donors, the University’s Give Voice to your Values Campaign has already enhanced the learning experiences of our students and will continue to do so,” said President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “We are grateful to those who have placed such a high value on higher education here at The University of Findlay. Their wise investments are providing transformative experiences and securing bright futures for our students.”
During the Give Voice to your Values Campaign, more than 211 new endowed funds were created to support everything from scholarships and faculty development to student research and programming. The foundation these funds establish, totaling more than $16 million, exists in perpetuity and influences the opportunities available to UF students. The campaign has made an impact on the quality of the educational experiences at UF, including a significant increase in endowed scholarships, the expansion of the Davis Street Building, the addition of the Donnell Broadway Concert Series, the new Laiho Gallery at the Mazza Museum, and so much more.
These advances are only the beginning. At the event, A.R. Charnes, Chair of The University of Findlay Board of Trustees and his wife Mary Ann announced their gift of $150,000 to support the new home for the Center for Student Life and College of Business.
“The new building is a transformational part of the University’s future. It will become an essential part of the campus and greater Findlay area.” said Charnes. “Mary Ann and I believe that through supporting The University of Findlay, we are also supporting Findlay and the surrounding area as well.”
Several additional commitments have already been made to support this new facility which will change the footprint and face of the University’s campus. As a significant addition to this campus with the power to create a paradigm shift in the way Findlay’s students learn and interact, the University continues to work with donors to support the new building.
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