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University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel transformed as 500 guests celebrate first $1 billion of “Chicago Initiative”

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“U. of C. celebrates campaign success”
[chicago tribune]

April 25, 2004


The University of Chicago celebrated surpassing the first $1 billion of its $2 billion fundraising campaign with a day of special activities April 23, including a first-ever transformation of the 75-year-old Rockefeller Memorial Chapel into a festive dining hall for more than 500 guests, including David Rockefeller, former Senator Adlai Stevenson III, and philanthropists King Harris, Gerald Ratner, and Leo Melamed. The event, titled “Chicago Convenes,” recognized the generosity of alumni, friends of the University, and corporations and foundations.

President Don Michael Randel, Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees James Crown, and Vice Chair Andrew Alper inducted new members into the Harper Society Founders Circle for those who have made cumulative gifts totaling $1 million or more to the University, and presented them with a bronze statue of the University’s first president, William Rainey Harper, for whom the society is named.

“The University’s leadership donors are critically important to the success of the Chicago Initiative,” said University Board of Trustees Chairman James Crown. “Chicago Convenes is a way to let everyone know how much we value their essential role in the future of this University.” The Chicago Initiative is the largest fund-raising effort by far in the University’s history and among the largest ever undertaken by a U.S. university. Chicago Convenes, first held in April 2002 when the Chicago Initiative was publicly launched, celebrated the success of the campaign and the University’s impact on the city of Chicago and the world and is now an annual event.

Randel conferred the University of Chicago Medal on Marion Musser Lloyd, a Life Trustee, for distinguished service of the highest order. Only nine other individuals have received the award, which was established in 1976. Past medal recipients include Lindy Bergman, Gaylord Donnelly, William Graham, Irving Harris, Florence Lowden Miller, John U. Nef, Max Palevsky, and Joseph and Helen Regenstein.

“Mrs. Lloyd has been a tireless volunteer and generous supporter of the University for more than five decades,” Randel said.

The dinner at Rockefeller Chapel capped a full day for the University’s leadership donors, alumni and friends that began with welcoming remarks by Randel and Edgar Jannotta, Chairman of the Chicago Initiative and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Following the remarks were faculty-led panels, a tour of new campus facilities, participation in classes in the undergraduate College, neighborhood tours and a reception at the Oriental Institute.
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