August 8th, 2012

A Grand Evening of Thanks

Amid sarcophagi, BU alumni and friends celebrate giving and the University’s vision for the future

Though surrounded by antiquities from ancient Egypt, the 300 Boston University leaders and supporters who gathered in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a gala dinner and campaign preview on April 18 were focused firmly on the future.

Led by emcee Andrew Lack (CFA’68), it was a night to celebrate the best of BU and the generosity of the University’s benefactors, including announcements of a $5 million gift from trustee Steve Karp (CAS’63) and his
wife, Jill, and a $10 million gift to the School of Management from trustee Allen Questrom (SMG’64) and his wife, Kelli. As a screen filled with names of BU donors of $1 million or more, trustee chairman Robert Knox (CAS’74, GSM’75) lauded donors at all levels for being “the modern builders of Boston University.”

“Although each donor typically has a particular focus or passion—a special reason for supporting the University—all of those reasons ultimately blend together in a common, yet powerful goal: to build BU into a great, global university,” said Knox, whose recent $2.5 million gift endowed a University professorship in global health. “We are now launched on an exciting and historic voyage, and although our destination is not yet in sight, we will surely reach it together!”

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