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BC takes the Ever to Excel Campaign national

As the Ever to Excel Campaign surpasses the $240-million mark, Boston College is taking the Campaign to alumni, parents, and friends across the country. The national effort includes a series of regional Campaign events, which began with a New York-region kickoff at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan on October 25.

"I am pleased to say that we are ahead of schedule on the way to achieving the Ever to Excel Campaign's $400 million goal," said Campaign cochair Jack Connors, Jr. '63. "As we enter the national phase of the Campaign, I am confident that our strong and growing national community of alumni, parents, and friends all over the United States will bring us to that goal."

"This is a very important point for the Campaign, and for the future of our university," added cochair Geoffrey T. Boisi '69. "We need every member of the Boston College family, whether they give one dollar or millions, to answer the call."

Boisi echoed the Campaign theme of kairos, a Greek word that refers to moments in time when opportunities and challenges meet and, if seized, lead to new greatness.

The Ever to Excel Campaign supports advances at Boston College in teaching, research, and student formation. Its goals include a significant increase in financial aid resources, 100 new professorships, strong support for campus construction projects, and funds that can be used to take advantage of special opportunities, such as faculty research activities and technology assistance for students.

The Campaign has already achieved notable success, in terms of both major gifts and overall fund-raising.

Thus far, the University has received 53 gifts of $1 million or more, and 249 gifts between $100,000 and $1 million. Meanwhile, the 1999-2000 fund-raising year was the most successful in the University's history.

Boston College received more than $49.2 million in gifts and $79 million in pledges last year, both records. The University's two annual giving societies, President's Circle (gifts of $5,000 to $9,999) and Fides (gifts of $1,000 to $4,999), each set membership records as well. President's Circle reached its benchmark goal of 1,000 members, a 15-percent increase over last year. Fides reached a new high with 2,550 members. With the 10 reunion classes pledging more than $14.5 million, reunion giving also yielded strong results.

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