Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College announced the overwhelming success of its $21 million capaign, "Taking the Lead for Women, The Woods and the World" Oct. 24.
The five-year campaigin, which began in 1998, is not officially scheduled to end until Dec. 2003, but with contributions continuing to come in, SWMC President Joan Lescinski said that the numbers currently total close to $24 million, and she expects the total will increase significantly by the end of the year.
"This weekend's events are meant to thank the nearly 6,000 donors who have helped us reach that goal: alumnae, students, faculty, staff, trustees, the Sisters of Providence, and many friends from the Wabash Valley community and beyond across the country," Lescinski said. "In the course of the campaign we have raised money for facilities improvement, for faculty and staff development, for technology enhancements and for endowment. We are particularly gratified that, during the campaign, our donors have given more than 40 endowed scholarships; these are gifts that will benefit students now and in the generations to come.
Campaign co-Chairs Frank and Julia Ladner were also given special recognition during the press conference for their substantial contributions to the college.