Campaign Kicks Off

 

Fireworks lit the skies over Mayflower Hill in October as the College kicked off Reaching the World: A Campaign for Colby, the most ambitious capital campaign in the College's 193-year history.

By S.C.
 

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The field house was transformed for the October 22 campaign kickoff dinner, where President William Adams was one of the speakers.
Photo by Fred Field
The dramatic announcement at the dinner on October 22 was that $112 million, very close to half of the campaign goal, had already been raised during the quiet phase.

Reaching the World seeks to raise $235 million by 2010. "Reaching the World is about building on the success of past generations and securing
Colby's future," said Joe Boulos '68, chair of the Board of Trustees and emcee for the evening. "Reaching the World is also about keeping Colby accessible to capable students from all walks of life," he added.

The kickoff in Waterville was the first of three major events planned to launch the fund-raising initiative and to communicate the goals of the campaign to alumni. Dinner programs were scheduled for January 20 in Boston and January 26 in New York.

In Waterville almost 1,000 alumni and supporters came to campus for weekend events featuring student talent and showcasing academic initiatives. A grand dinner was held in the field house, transformed for the event with curtains, lights, and a stage. Reaching the World campaign co-chairs Bob Diamond '73 (speaking on tape from London) and Larry Pugh '56 exhorted the audience to support the campaign. "There is nothing more gratifying than providing opportunities that can help transform someone's life," Pugh said.

Up-to-date details about Reaching the World: A Campaign for Colby are online at www.colby.edu/campaign.