August 31, 2010
Members of the Class of 1960, whose 50th Reunion will be celebrated at Meliora Weekend 2010, are responding with enthusiasm to Robert B. Goergen’s generous offer to match their class gifts up to $2 million. Class members are also working together to organize events and activities that will make this a Reunion to be remembered. Their efforts ensure the University of Rochester’s future will be as proud as its past:
The Goergen Challenge matches all contributions to the 50th Reunion Class Gift dollar-for-dollar. Class members can multiply the power of their philanthropy further through bequest-life income giving and by becoming Sustaining Members of the George Eastman Circle or upgrading their current membership status. The chart above shows the progress of the Goergen Challenge.
Click here to read more about the Robert B. Goergen Challenge.
Permanent Funding through the Endowment
Gifts to the endowment support the institution today, tomorrow and far into the future, providing a source of permanent funding. By supporting the endowment as well as making annual and one-time gifts to areas of interest, alumni, parents and friends of the University help ensure generational continuity.
Continuing a philanthropic legacy at the University of Rochester spanning more than four decades, Martin “Marty” E. Messinger ’49 and his family have given an additional $1.3 million to establish three endowed funds. The gift provides continuing and future support for:
The Messinger Library Recognition Award. This gift builds upon a family tradition of increasing excellence at Rush Rhees Library. Their consistent giving in this area has funded the elegant renovation and restoration of the building’s historic reading rooms. The new Messinger Library Recognition Award Endowment provides further support for an award Marty established in 2007 that honors outstanding staff members.
The Judaic Studies Program. The Messingers have provided generous funding to the Center for Jewish Studies, which — in addition to enriching academics and campus life — produces publications and offers lectures and fellowships. The Center also offers opportunities for internships, intellectual collaboration and international partnerships.
Student Debate Union. Established in 1850, the undergraduate debate team (known today as the Debate Union) is one of the largest among colleges and universities. In recent years, the team has earned top national rankings and expanded its presence on the River Campus. Marty was a team member as a student and has been a faithful supporter for many years.
Click here to read more about the Messinger family’s recent gifts and their legacy at the University of Rochester.
The Golisano Foundation has awarded a nearly $1 million grant to the Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester. This contribution enables the facility to continue and expand its work to improve outcomes and experiences for students and young adults with developmental disabilities as they shift from schools to the adult world.
Thanks to support from M&T Bank, the Memorial Art Gallery installed air conditioning this summer in one of its prime rental spaces.
Known since 2003 as the M&T Bank Ballroom, this historic venue was built in the 1930s and features oak paneling, stained glass windows, a vaulted ceiling and a balcony with seating. It can accommodate 350 guests for receptions and 225 for sit-down dinners. Until now, the ballroom was used only from mid-September to mid-June, making it unavailable for the lucrative summer wedding trade. Construction began in July and is expected to be completed next month.
M&T Bank’s gift of $100,000 is just the latest in its growing legacy of consistent giving to the Gallery. For 17 years, the bank has also been presenting sponsor of the annual Clothesline Festival, the Memorial Art Gallery’s largest fundraiser. M&T also provided support for such major exhibitions as Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion, Georgia O’Keeffe: Color and Conservation and American Impressionism: Paintings from the Phillips Collection.
Click here to learn more about the M&T Bank Ballroom at the Memorial Art Gallery.
Click here to learn more about the 2010 Clothesline Festival sponsored by M&T Bank at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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