People who choose to share their generosity with Western Oregon University are critical to helping the campus and its community to thrive. A small token of appreciation for WOU’s President’s Club contributors is the annual President’s Club Dinner. This year’s dinner was held on June 21 at the scenic Zenith Vineyard in the Willamette Valley, with Crush Wine Bar & Tasting Room in Monmouth sponsoring wine for the event.
Donors are welcomed into the President’s Club after giving between $1,000 and $2,499 to WOU during a fiscal year. Students who have graduated from WOU within the past ten years become members of GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) President’s Club after donating $100 for each year since graduation. The President’s Circle are donors who give $2,500 and above.
The event is to thank those who support scholarships and other needs of the university, but also to recognize special achievements. Nancy Aldrich and Mollie Bihn joined a prestigious list of benefactors to WOU, which is a lifetime giving of $100,000 or more.
“We are so grateful they cared enough about Western Oregon University to make a lasting impact through gifts in their wills,” said Tommy Love, director of University Advancement and executive director of the WOU Foundation. “They have truly left a legacy.”
WOU President Mark Weiss said, “It is an exciting time at Western Oregon University. It is made possible with the support of staff, volunteers and through the relationship we have with our donors. Not only have our donors impacted the past, they have helped us build a foundation for the future.” He added, “The tie that binds each of us is creating an amazing experience for our students.”
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