Commemorative giving makes a difference at Centre
December 8, 2011
to the College this year in honor or memory of those who played
a special role in their lives. Such gifts have included a new
endowment to maintain the turf on Joe McDaniel Field (above).
The Young Hall Beech Sculpture Fund was established at Centre
this year to allow people to make gifts towards the commission
of a sculpture that will include a part of the trunk of the historic
tree, which stood in front of Young for decades.
This is the season when many of us are thinking about what gifts to buy for family and friends. According to Shawn Lyons ’81, associate vice president for development and alumni affairs, hundreds of Centre alumni, parents and friends have been making gifts to Centre in honor or in memory of people who have played special roles in their lives. “Centre has long benefited from gifts made in honor or in memory of alumni, faculty, staff and others,” says Lyons. “It seems that, this year, there has been an unusually large number of such gifts.”
Often, gifts are used to establish named endowment funds that provide a permanent source of income for things like scholarships, faculty chairs and research funds. Commemorative gifts can also provide funding for everything from trees to laboratory equipment to buildings. Unless specific arrangements are made in conversation with the donors, gifts made in memory or in honor of individuals are used for library acquisitions. “Certainly, a robust library is central to our educational mission,” says Lyons, “and whether gifts are very modest or quite substantial, they enable us to do something tangible that we couldn’t do otherwise.
“We always encourage people to contact us if they have any questions about gifts in memory or honor of individuals,” Lyons continues. “That way, we can ensure that we have the best possible match between the needs of the College and our students, and an appropriate project for the person being honored.”
This fall, Lyons and his colleagues have been working with donors on several special projects, including:
• Donald Davies Buchanan Memorial Fund — friends and family of Don Buchanan ’83 are establishing a scholarship fund and an on-campus memorial;
• Joe McDaniel Field — gifts in honor of Centre’s football coach with the career wins record will provide an endowment to help with periodic replacement of the turf field bearing his name;
• Herb McGuire Scholarship Fund — an anonymous donor has offered to match gifts totaling up to $50,000 in additions to an existing endowed scholarship honoring the Centre alumnus and longtime coach;
• Alan Robinson Fellowship — friends of Alan Robinson ’90 are creating an endowment to support international study in his memory;
• Young Hall Beech Sculpture Fund — although not honoring a person, the beech tree that stood in front of Young Hall for decades succumbed to age, stress and weather conditions this summer, and a part of the trunk is being turned into a sculpture. Faculty and staff have taken the lead in making gifts to commission the sculpture;
• Edinburgh Fringe Festival Fund — gifts to this fund will be used to support a unique opportunity for Centre students to present an original play at the world’s largest arts festival in 2012.
In this season of giving, if you would like to make a gift to any of the funds mentioned above — or perhaps make a gift in honor or memory of another person — contact Shawn Lyons at email@example.com or at 877-678-9822 or make an online gift here.
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