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FAU Benefactors Recognized at ‘A Grand Affair’

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 15, 2007) – On April 25, Florida Atlantic University brought more than 200 friends, faculty and students together for A Grand Affair at the Dorothy F. Schmidt Art Gallery.   The occasion, a celebration of the generosity of some of the University’s most dedicated supporters, was highlighted by a presentation of art, music and drama by FAU students.   The evening was sponsored by the FAU Foundation, Inc.

            This annual event gives the University an opportunity to thank its supporters and friends for their commitment to FAU students and our future.   Two similar events were held earlier in December 2006 in Jupiter, and in February in Fort Lauderdale.

            A Grand Affair provided guests with the opportunity to meet students and recognize philanthropists.   Thomas A. Babcock ’73 and Robert K. Rollins were honored with the 1961 Society Loyalty Award, given to alumni and friends who support the University annually with gifts of $1,000 or more.    The President’s Club Achievement Award was given to Henry J. and Ellie L. Stern in recognition of their generosity to FAU.  Marvin and Sybil Weiner, Arthur Weiss and Office Depot Corp. were honored with the President’s Club Special Achievement Award, given by the FAU Foundation to those individuals and organizations whose cumulative giving has surpassed $1 million.  

            During the cocktail and hors d’oeuvre hour, guests toured the gallery and had an opportunity to view FAU graduate art students’ work.   The crowd then moved into the FAU Theatre for a presentation of awards and a brief dramatic excerpt from The Lady from Dubuque by FAU’s theater department.   FAU President Frank T. Brogan ’81, Board of Trustees Chair Norman Tripp and Leslie Corley, chairman of the FAU Foundation, thanked the attendees for their support and presented the honorees with their awards.   The evening concluded with a musical interlude by a singer and a pianist, both students in FAU’s department of music.

            The Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation was established in 1960 to guide FAU’s growth and fine-tune its mission of promoting academic excellence, internationally recognized research and vital public-private partnerships. Gifts to FAU through the Foundation bring support to deserving students, enhance the campuses with new buildings, create exciting academic programs, attract leading scholars to the faculty and spark important collaborative relationships between the University, other leading institutions and the community.   The Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of alumni and friends of the University who volunteer their time and expertise to spearhead fundraising efforts and manage the Foundation’s assets.

            For more information about FAU’s community oriented activities, or to contribute to one of the University’s many scholarship programs for students, contact Dee Robinson, associate vice president of development, at 561-297-3015 or .

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Colleges of   Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.

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