Bates Trustees, leadership donors, and campaign volunteers joined President Elaine Tuttle Hansen, faculty, and staff on Friday, October 27, 2006 over Homecoming Weekend to celebrate the unprecedented success of The Campaign for Bates: Endowing Our Values.
Donors contributed nearly $121 million between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2006 with gifts supporting Bates’ most important priorities: access to a Bates education, increased support for faculty and academic programs, a more robust endowment and annual fund, and improved campus facilities. The college’s previous campaign, which ended 10 years ago, raised $59 million.
Approximately 100 guests enjoyed a festive reception and dinner in the Perry Atrium of Pettengill Hall. Prior to dinner, the Deansmen kicked off the program with two crowd-pleasing songs,. As master of ceremonies and co-chair of The Campaign for Bates, Trustee Chair Joe Willett ’73 thanked guests for their unrelenting commitment to Bates. President Hansen joined Willett at the podium to add her thanks to guests for their part in providing a wider horizon of possibility for the College. Former board chairmen Jim Moody ’53 and Burt Harris ’59 as well as campaign co-chair Tom Renyi P’97, P’04 shared inspiring tributes to those gathered, many of whom worked diligently over the past six years as campaign volunteers.
The program finale included a short visual presentation of campaign fundraising highlights and campus impacts. The presentation celebrated the College’s monumental accomplishment of raising nearly $121 million and looked to future possibilities and achievements. Excerpted from an interview with a campaign volunteer, the closing quotation on the screen made it clear to those attending that Bates will not stop here, but move forward and continue to fundraise with new energy and confidence:
“I want people to remember that we’ve come a long way. The fact that we raised over $120 million is unbelievable – but it is only the beginning…the tip of the iceberg,”