George Eastman Circle Newsletter
The George Eastman Circle—A Decisive Factor in the 2010 Annual Fund Triumph
“We, the undersigned, recognize that the University of Rochester has reached an extraordinary moment in its history…”
These first words of the George Eastman Circle Charter have new meaning in light of the tremendous success of the University of Rochester’s 2010 Annual Fund. We offer our deepest thanks to all of you who did so much to raise $10.5 million and double annual giving in just five years. Without the George Eastman Circle, gaining this level of achievement and pride would not have been possible.
We see terrific energy and enthusiasm in Rochester, and a growing foundation of support is accelerating the University’s progress. At the same time, the George Eastman Circle has had a year of exciting activities, leaving us with wonderful memories. We enjoyed increased connections to campus life, more involvement opportunities, and the deep satisfaction of seeing how we are making a difference in so many lives.
The George Eastman Circle can look forward to the arrival of another academic year that promises to be unparalleled, and we urge all of you to take full advantage of opportunities to engage further with the University. In this issue, you will find news about Meliora Weekend 2010, including special events and Reunion Challenge updates. Also included is an article about how George Eastman Circle gifts for current use within the University can benefit the City of Rochester and surrounding region.
Raising membership to 2,000 by the end of 2011 is a top priority. As of June 30, membership stood at 1,407. Your involvement is more important than ever before, and you will find information in this issue to help you identify and invite new members to join us. We look forward to continuing to work with you.
Thanks to key George Eastman Circle leaders celebrating Reunion years, members of the classes of 1960, 1965, and 1975 can multiply the power of their philanthropy.
The Robert B. Goergen Challenge
Robert B. Goergen ’60 has offered to match his classmates’ gifts up to $2 million. Several options for maximizing contributions can triple the impact of giving by class members. The Goergen Challenge increases the power of giving to any area of the University and includes bequest intentions and life income gifts.
Two anonymous donors have provided funding for the Class of 1960 Reunion Dinner, which enables class members and spouses to attend free of charge.
Click here to read more about the Robert B. Goergen Challenge
The Greene-Sloan Challenge
Challenge sponsors Gwen Greene ’65 and Tom Sloan ’65, ’67 (MS) will each provide up to $125,000 (for a total of $250,000) to match new George Eastman Circle memberships and increased giving by current members. Their goal is to add at least 20 new George Eastman Circle members in honor of their Reunion celebration.
Click here to read more about the Greene-Sloan Challenge
The Bloch-Moser Challenge
Larry Bloch ’75 and Nathan Moser ’75 will each provide up to $350,000 (for a total of $700,000) to match new George Eastman Circle memberships as well as giving level upgrades for current members. Their ultimate goal is to add 35 new names to the George Eastman Circle roster.
Click here to read more about the Bloch-Moser Challenge
Thanks to our generous challenge sponsors, Reunion classes can have an extraordinary, collective impact on the George Eastman Circle and the University of Rochester’s future.
We deeply appreciate our Reunion volunteers. They are working hard with tremendous enthusiasm to make the 2010 celebration an unforgettable experience for all who attend. If you are not already involved and would like to volunteer, or make a special gift in honor of your reunion, please contact:
George Eastman Circle members are invited to be special guests of the University of Rochester community for Meliora Weekend 2010. This annual gathering, unique in higher education, combines homecoming, parent weekend, and reunions. To date, more than 250 programs and events are planned. The following are events of special interest to the George Eastman Circle members:
Friday, October 15
Saturday, October 16
George Eastman Circle Hospitality Suite: This year’s location is the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library. The suite will be available for Circle members on Saturday, October 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stop by for light refreshments, computer access, and to check your baggage.
Your registration packet, which includes George Eastman Circle invitations, will arrive soon. Early online registration for members will be available starting on August 26 at noon, Eastern Time.
Click here for more information about Meliora Weekend 2010
The involvement of current George Eastman Circle members is essential in the effort to expand our ranks to 2,000 by the end of 2011. The following is important information to assist you in recruiting Sustaining Members:
Founders of the George Eastman Circle understood that the University’s second great transformation would require the involvement of many individuals with the vision, talents, and generosity of Rush Rhees and George Eastman. The George Eastman Circle’s growth is essential to our future.
To become more involved, please contact:
Benefiting the Community
“When I give, I want to know where my money is going and that it benefits the community. The George Eastman Circle is a unique way to be part of the intergenerational legacy of support that has done so much for Rochester.”
George Eastman’s philanthropic vision encompassed building a great University that would improve the quality of life in Rochester. Today, George Eastman Circle members continue this legacy by contributing to excellence in culture, healthcare, and technology, among other areas that benefit from their giving. They help to increase prosperity for all through many different forms of economic partnership. This support from the Circle comes at a time when the University of Rochester has more impact on the local community than ever before.
In his 2010 Garden Party Address, President Joel Seligman shared the following facts to illustrate the institution’s impact on the local economy:
In addition to an expansive vision, George Eastman's focused interests resulted in the creation of the Medical Center, Eastman School of Music, Eastman Theatre, and the Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Circle members' philanthropy helps to support these institutions and many other life-changing initiatives, including academic programs, faculty recruitment and retention, translational research, and scholarships.
May 4 – Rochester area – Rembrandt: Master Etchings from the Collection of Tobia and Dr. Morton Mower. Memorial Art Gallery. George Eastman Circle members were among a small group of guests invited to attend a private viewing of the exhibit that ran February 26 to May 23.
May 18 – Rochester area – 43rd Annual Garden Party. Memorial Art Gallery. Circle members heard President Joel Seligman’s annual address and were invited to take a docent-led tour of the Albert Paley in the 21st Century exhibition.
July 24 – Chicago area – Renee Fleming with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, Illinois.
August 12 – Rochester area – The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at the Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua.
Please be sure to reserve October 14-17 on your calendar for Meliora Weekend 2010. Honoring and celebrating the George Eastman Circle is an integral part of Meliora Weekend.
We are deeply grateful for your support and commitment to the University of Rochester. Please contact us with comments and suggestions for future issues of the George Eastman Circle newsletter. You can bookmark our Web site to learn how to become more involved.