The Citadel Foundation to recognize its top donors
The Citadel Foundation on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, will recognize and celebrate for the first time the generosity of those whose lifelong support allows the college to pursue its vision of achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders.
Nearly 160 members of The Citadel’s four lifetime giving societies, which represent individual donations of $100,000 or more, will gather at 2 p.m. in Summerall Chapel to be honored. Taken together, the current living members of the giving societies have committed nearly $122 million to The Citadel.
"Private philanthropy makes the crucial difference in the lives of cadets and graduate students because it is flexible, targeted, and can offset some of the recent cutbacks," said Dennis Bergvall, executive director of The Citadel Foundation. "Gifts from alumni and friends, particularly in times of economic uncertainty and declining state funding, provide the vital support that gives us a margin of excellence. A Citadel degree has value in the working world, and donor support ensures that The Citadel experience will remain exceptional.”
Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, ’73, will preside over the induction ceremony. Joining will be retired BellSouth executive Charles B. Coe, '73, chairman of The Citadel Foundation's board of directors, and Anderson D. Warlick, '79, president and CEO of Parkdale Mills and a founding member of the Society of 1842, the college's most prestigious giving society honoring those whose lifetime contributions exceed $1 million.
The featured speaker will be Holly D. Maslowski, Class of 2009. At 22 Maslowski has already demonstrated her own philanthropic leadership by committing to fund an endowed scholarship honoring Nancy Mace Jackson, '00, and Petra Lovetinska Seipel, '00, the first two women to graduate from The Citadel. Click here to read Maslowski's story.
The inaugural members of the Leaders in Philanthropy will be posted online at http://www.citadel.edu/tcf/. The 2009 members have demonstrated their profound commitment to the college through their leadership contributions of $100,000 or higher at the close of the 2008 calendar year. In future years, new members will be invited to campus to participate in a similar induction ceremony, establishing the Leaders in Philanthropy weekend event as a new annual tradition celebrating charity and service as virtues of the principled leader.