Members of the Columbia College family recently gathered at the President’s Society Dinner to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Tradition Meets Tomorrow Campaign and recognize benefactors who donated $10,000 or more to the college during the past year.
Many notable individuals were on hand for the event, including the college’s board of trustees, Dr. Scott and Dr. Tina Dalrymple and President Emeritus Dr. Gerald Brouder.
During the evening, individuals closely associated with the Tradition Meets Tomorrow Campaign remarked on the campaign’s success, which raised $11.3 million to support the areas of arts and humanities, business, athletics, adult higher education and science, exceeding its goal of $10 million.
One of the campaign’s most ardent supporters, Web Bixby, also was honored at the event, as the college announced his cumulative giving of $568,000 to the Tradition Meets Tomorrow Campaign. Bixby’s leadership gifts, which were made over the course of the campaign, supports Bixby Lecture Hall, located in the Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center. Bixby’s gift also will establish the Bixby Endowment.
“Web’s generosity is impressive,” said Michael Kateman, executive director for Development, Alumni and Public Relations. “Over the years, he’s been a great advocate for Columbia College, and has played an integral role in helping the college become a model institution. This gift is indicative of Web’s passion for all things Columbia College and will help the college provide exemplary academic offerings.”
While the evening was a chance to celebrate and thank all who helped make the campaign a success, it also provided an opportunity to look at the future of giving at Columbia College.
“The Tradition Meets Tomorrow Campaign has taken years of planning and execution that have led us to a successful conclusion,” Bixby said. “Tonight is not only an opportunity to celebrate and reflect but also to realize that it is time to look to the future As we consider what lies ahead, I would ask you to Envision Greater for Columbia College.”