NEW YORK CITY – Auburn University publicly launched its New York regional campaign on Tuesday, May 1, at the Rainbow Room. The regional campaign is one of 28 that will take place across the country as part of the $500 million “It Begins at Auburn” fundraising effort for the university.
Prominent New York alumni and friends gathered for the celebration. The campaign goal for the region is to raise funds for academic and athletic programs. Other goals include keeping alumni engaged and developing leadership and volunteers for Auburn University.
“The regional campaigns will expand the number of alumni giving to Auburn, ” said Bob McGinnis, AU vice president for development. “They will unite the Auburn family in a common cause to support our students and faculty.”
The evening’s program was led by regional campaign co-chairs Ed Bailey, Melanie Barstad, Andy Bolt, Walt Conn, Ken Henderson and John O’Donnell. Conn spoke of the importance of alumni involvement in achieving success for Auburn’s current campaign. “Where the future of our beloved university is concerned, it begins with each of us and success will depend, in large measure, on the core group of alumni and friends who support Auburn’s vision for the future, said Conn.”
When asked about giving back to her alma mater, Kathy Henderson stated, “I have a great love for Auburn and nothing feels better than knowing I am helping improve the future of the university.”
AU President Ed Richardson discussed the importance of continued giving to Auburn. “Auburn University is on its way to becoming one of the best public universities in this country,” Richardson said. “With the help of the entire Auburn family we will be able to meet this goal.”
The remaining regional campaigns will kick off between now and the fall of 2007. These campaigns will last from two to six months.
The “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign encompasses all colleges and schools as well as the AU libraries and museums, athletics and Auburn University Montgomery. Endowments for student scholarships, faculty, programs and unrestricted dollars make up 58 percent of the campaign’s goal.
In addition to endowments, the campaign will also focus on facilities and equipment; campus beautification; research; and current operations. The campaign has raised more than $474 million, or 95 percent of the campaign’s goal.
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