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Winthrop Launches Public Phase of $50 Million Campaign

Winthrop University has kicked off the public phase of Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop. Only the second major fundraising campaign in the University’s 125-year history, Distinction celebrates the three ideals of honoring the past, engaging the present and enabling the future.

The campaign has already raised $33.5 million during its silent phase toward an overall goal of $50 million, said campaign co-chairs Carlos Evans, president of the Winthrop University Foundation, and Vivian Moore Carroll ’73, former Alumni Association president.

Winthrop’s first campaign, A Lasting Achievement, ran from 1997 to 2003 and raised $31.2 million, surpassing its $26 million dollar goal.

The occasion of the public launch was marked on Oct. 14 with an evening of special events to thank donors to the campaign, including a reception featuring archival displays and historic memorabilia and a dinner complete with an African drum processional and a live performance of “All I Care about Is Love” from the Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of the Broadway hit musical “Chicago.”

Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop has three primary goals: informing stakeholders about Winthrop’s advancements and achievements; involving and engaging the Winthrop community in the progress of the university’s mission; and encouraging financial investment in Winthrop’s future. To learn about campaign initiatives, click here.

The campaign’s overall investment goal of $50 million will support Winthrop’s commitments to continuing to achieve excellence, developing students’ capacities to engage global issues, and making a Winthrop education accessible to more students. Campaign contributions help enhance and sustain the Winthrop experience, said Brien Lewis, vice president of University Development and Alumni Relations.

During the Oct. 14 event announcing the public phase, President Anthony DiGiorgio echoed a remark he made during his early days as Winthrop’s President, saying, “Excellence once attained is not held forever but is retained only through continuing effort and commitment.”

To find out more about Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop, visit the campaign’s website at http://www.campaignforwinthrop.com. Featuring donor and scholarship recipient profiles, information on ways to give, frequent campaign updates and more, the site provides a wealth of information about Winthrop’s campaign. View the video for the campaign here

Posted 10/19/2011