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FAU Benefactors Honored at Horizon Society Luncheon

BOCA RATON, FL (November 8, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University Division of Community Engagement recently hosted a luncheon to recognize members of the Horizon Society, the planned giving society of the FAU Foundation. The luncheon, which took place in the atrium of the Platinum LEED-certified Engineering East building on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, allowed the FAU community to publicly thank benefactors who have remembered FAU in their estate plans.

Guests were welcomed by Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., vice president of community engagement and executive director of the FAU Foundation. FAU President Mary Jane Saunders offered thanks on behalf of the University family.

“On behalf of the Division of Community Engagement and the FAU Foundation Board, I offer sincere thanks to all of our Horizon Society members,” said O’Flannery Anderson. “Your gifts will leave a legacy here at FAU, and will make a difference in the lives of our students for generations to come.”

Student Jennifer Krill also spoke at the luncheon and offered her thanks on behalf of all scholarship recipients. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in integrative biology and is studying ways to protect the human brain from damage due to acute stress events such as strokes.

“As a single mom, I knew that I had to go back to school to further my career, but I lacked the financial ability to afford my classes on top of my basic living expenses,” said Krill. “Your contributions give students like me the opportunity to become successful. It is an honor to be here today to thank the donors who have changed my life.”

Supporting FAU’s academic, research and scholarship programs through deferred giving, Horizon Society members are helping to shape FAU’s future as an institution of higher education. To date, there are nearly 70 Horizon Society members.  

For more information about the FAU Horizon Society, contact David Rutherford at 561-297-2119 or


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