Weekly Feature

2017-09-13 / Business

Daemen College initiates $22M capital campaign

Daemen College last week detailed the public launch of the college’s first comprehensive campaign, “Drive to 75.”

In a press release from Daemen officials, the $22 million campaign was officially initiated on Sept. 8 at Daemen’s 70th anniversary gala, held as part of the college’s inaugural Founders Celebration, a new annual tradition to commemorate the college’s history and origins.

Daemen officials hope to achieve the campaign goal by 2022 when the college marks its 75th anniversary. According to college officials, the campaign has already raised 75 percent of its goal.

“For 70 years, Daemen has had a remarkable history of academic excellence and of providing a world-class college experience through learning opportunities that support the highest levels of success,” Gary A. Olson, Daemen president, said in the press release.

He added that the historic campaign will propel the college forward and strengthen Daemen’s growing reputation as a college of national distinction.

“As we aspire to do more for our students, private support is paramount to our commitment to being at the forefront in offering an exceptional education that changes the lives of nearly 3,000 Daemen students each and every year,” Olson said.

At the gala, Olson also announced that he and his wife, Lynn Worsham, have made a $1 million bequest to “Drive to 75,” making it the second gift of this size to support the campaign.

The release stated that the donation promise follows the college’s first $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation, which has been honored with the naming of the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement.

The release further stated that Daemen’s “Drive to 75” campaign focuses on support for three key areas: endowed student scholarships and endowed professorships to provide funding in perpetuity for the brightest campus minds; enhanced program funding to elevate the academic success of students on Daemen’s campus and in international and co-curricular pursuits; and enhanced facilities to provide the highest quality academic, student life and athletic spaces.

For more information about the campaign, visit daemen.edu/driveto75 campaign.

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