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President’s Council Members Inducted into Lifetime Giving Society

David Osgood
The newest members of the Lifetime Giving Society were honored at the President’s Council Dinner and Campaign Celebration in October. Those in attendance were: (l to r) Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin ’73, Esq.; Nancy M. Wells and Stanley Wells ’63; Barbara B. Thun and David L. Thun; Patricia L. Perfect; Jeffrey W. Griffiths ’73 and Jean L. Griffiths; Kathleen C. Hittner, M.D. ’69; President Lex McMillan; Barry G. Hittner, Esq.; and Salvatore M. Cutrona Sr. ’73 and Nanette Ferrante Cutrona ’74.        photo: Ryan McFadden

Albright College celebrated the philanthropy of donors and inducted the newest members of the Lifetime Giving Society at the festive President’s Council Dinner and Campaign Celebration in October.

New Gold Circle members, honored for lifetime giving of more than $1 million, are Salvatore M. Cutrona Sr. ’73 and Nanette Ferrante Cutrona ’74.

New Bronze Circle members, honored for giving a cumulative amount between $100,000 and $500,000, are the Cacoosing Family Charitable Foundation for Rolf D. Schmidt and Renate U. Schmidt; The William E. and Rita L. Conrady Charitable Trust; Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin ’73, Esq.; Kathleen C. Hittner, M.D. ’69 and Barry G. Hittner, Esq.; Jean L. Griffiths and Jeffrey W. Griffiths ’73; The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation; Patricia L. Perfect; William C. Stavrides, D.D.S. ’49 and Dorothy Seisler Stavrides ’49; Barbara B. Thun and David L. Thun; and Nancy M. Wells and Stanley Wells ’63.

Membership in the Lifetime Giving Society is based on actual gifts received, rather than pledges or commitments made. “We are honored that these generous donors think so highly of Albright that they would make such significant contributions to our success,” President Lex McMillan said. “We are truly grateful, and we extend our most sincere thanks to them.”

President's Column
Crossing Boundaries, Passports and the American Dream

“Let all the dreamers wake the nation.”
- “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon

Passports, luggage tags, international food and images of rivers, borders, the great wall of China and the Andes—these were all part of the ambiance of our recent celebration of the success of Crossing Boundaries: The Campaign for Albright.

The evening was all about journeys completed, and we recognized the generosity of the hundreds of donors who have helped us to claim “Boundaries Crossed!” as we raised $43 million and exceeded our goal of $35 million.

The spread on pages 18-19 shows the scope of all that we have accomplished but it cannot express the depth of our gratitude to everyone who supported facilities improvements and new construction, the growth of our endowment, and growth of The Fund for Albright, which supports daily life and learning at Albright in countless way.

We particularly thank the donors who have demonstrated truly magnificent generosity—our Board of Trustees, those who made principal gifts of a million dollars or more, and the members of the Lifetime Giving Society who have demonstrated exceptional generosity over time. We also thank the members of the President’s Council, who annually support the College in significant amounts, including our Young Alumni President’s Council members, recent graduates who are already giving back to their alma mater—together they gave $4.7 million in 2007-08!

Crossing Boundaries was an apt name for this campaign. It signified our striving to support an education that values making connections between people, ideas and fields of learning.

The physical improvement and new construction, the growth of the endowment and The Fund for Albright are all focused on expanding and broadening the educational experience of our students.

The program for the Crossing Boundaries celebration was designed to look like a passport. It occurred to me that in a very real way that for our students—especially those who are the first in their families to attend college —their Albright education is their passport to the American dream.

Thanks to your support, deserving Albright students are pursuing their dreams and building their futures. These students will serve our society in so many ways as leaders, teachers, physicians, ministers, entrepreneurs and artists. Your generosity is an investment in these young people and their dreams – and in our national and global future. Let the dreamers wake the nation! On their behalf, I thank you!

Lex O. McMillan III, Ph.D.
President

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