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Campaign Kick-off

Disney CEO Bob Iger ’73 helps launch the campaign, of which he is honorary chair.

Disney CEO Bob Iger '73 fields questions at the keynote talk
President Peggy Williams  announces the campaign goal at the gala

On October 12 the College announced the Campaign for Ithaca College: Making a World of Difference at a campus celebration for the donors and benefactors whose generosity over the past five years, during the “quiet phase” of the campaign, has brought in 80 percent of the overall goal. A three-day kickoff on campus featured a talk and several appearances by Bob Iger ’73, president and CEO of the Disney Company and honorary chair of the campaign; a special meeting of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees at which citations were awarded to the founding members of the newly established IC Benefactors Circle — those whose generosity has lasted for many years and has enabled the College to thrive; a guest appearance by Metropolitan Opera star Roberta Peters, parent of Paul Fields ’79 and longtime scholarship supporter; numerous master classes given by alumni in many fields; and a gala evening of student performances and presentations, food, music, and dance.

At the evening event on the 12th President Peggy R. Williams announced the campaign goal: $115 million — and the amount raised to date from generous longtime donors: $92.6 million. “The rest,” noted campaign chair Larry Alleva ’71, “will come from those who may not yet realize how important their support is to the future of Ithaca College.”

Hill Center magic; cheerleaders, singers, and chefs put on a memorable show; magician Eric Dittelman ’07 (also this year’s Roberta Peters Scholar) surprises trustee Francille Firebaugh.

The inaugural members of the Ithaca College Benefactors Circle, whose signatures will be engraved on a circular stone bench near the new gateway building, below Dillingham. (back) Adelaide Gomer, Tom Colbert, Phil Proujansky, Tom Colbert, Rob Colbert, Mark Macera '76; (middle) Loren Colbert '78, Caroleen Feeney '86, Bob Iger '73, Connie Colbert, Bill Haines, Kathy Garner, Ben Williams, Rich Dolge; (front) Mike Serventi '72, Dorothy Park, Herman E. "Skip" Muller '51, Shirley Hockett, Jim Byrnes, Natalie Baker, Robert W. Baker Sr.

Clockwise from top left: Executives Robert Linn ’71, Kurt Wolfgruber ’72, and Larry Alleva ’71 discuss ethics at open forum; students pitch story ideas to Iger as emcee Bob Kur ’70 looks on; students speak up at trustees meeting; Parents Fund cochair Sal Paolantonio (Zoe ’06 and Sarah ’10) urges parents to join in the campaign; Diane Frankle Storck ’70 chats with fellow trustee and classmate Bob Kur ’70;  acting board chair Bill Schwab ’68 leads the trustees meeting.

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