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Gettysburg celebrates Jersey-style

Earlier in November, proud Gettysburgians gathered in Morristown, New Jersey to share their passion for Gettysburg and raise their awareness of the College’s $150 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, Gettysburg Great: The Campaign for Our College.

Since the Campaign began in 2011, the College has seen tremendous success, raising more than $140 million for the Campaign’s five key priorities: Scholarships, Faculty Support, Engaged Learning Opportunities, Global Initiatives, and Annual Giving.

Entering the final seven months of the Gettysburg Great Campaign, more than 23,000 people have given to Gettysburg—raising funds for 8 faculty chairs, professorships and experts-in-residence positions; 33 funds for student research, career-related experiences, immersion trips, and other engaged learning opportunities; and 198 new scholarships for students.

The New Jersey Campaign event was held at the Westin Governor Morris. The evening included inspiring words by student speaker Alexa Arnold ’18, recipient of the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Endowed Scholarship and The Gareth “Lefty” Biser Endowed Scholarship.

“At Gettysburg College, opportunities find you when you least expect them—and sometimes the path you end up on isn’t what you imagined, but it’s where you should be. And it’s because of you that my Gettysburg story is even possible,” Arnold shared with attendees.

In addition to remarks by Arnold, guests received a welcome from Chair of the Development Committee for the Board of Trustees Bruce Chamberlin ’86; interacted in real-time with accomplished Gettysburg students and faculty; and enjoyed a dinner performance by Jazz Dispatch, which is directed by Sunderman Conservatory of Music Prof. Paul Austerlitz.

The event then concluded with a charge by Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77 to finish the Campaign strong.

“We have only seven months remaining—seven months to raise our final $10 million; seven months to change the lives of our students; seven months to make a bold statement for Gettysburg College,” said Riggs. “And I am determined that we will not walk across that finish line, because in the words of The Boss (Musician Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey native), ‘Baby, we were born to run!’”

The New Jersey event is the latest in a series of Campaign-themed gatherings over the last three years, including stops in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Naples; and Baltimore.

To learn more about the Gettysburg Great Campaign or to give back, visit www.gettysburg.edu/campaign. For a quick glance at our fundraising priorities, take a look at this Campaign overview article.

View photos of the event on Flickr.


Gettysburg Great in New Jersey Posted: Fri, 10 Nov 2017

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