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Liggett sets fundraising records

July 18, 2013
University Liggett School announced its three major annual fundraisers — Annual Fund, Liggett Knight Auction and Spring Raffle — have raised more money this year than any year prior.

Two events, the auction and Annual Fund, set new records. For its Annual Fund, created to help cover school operating costs, Liggett reached its goal of $1.15 million through donations from students, alumni, parents, grandparents, friends and local and national businesses.

This year’s goal was Liggett’s highest ever, with all money donated supporting students and faculty in their classrooms.

The Annual Fund also had its largest participation numbers. Liggett’s entire faculty and staff, 81 percent of parents and 17 percent of alumni — a 6-percent increase from past years — contributed to the fund.

Fund drive chairpersons were Kristen Harthorn, Saima Khan, Cindy and Ian Jones, DeAnn Lukas and Carrie Provenzano.

Additionally, Liggett Knight, the school’s annual fundraiser held in November, set records for participation and funds raised as well. The one-night, Louana Ghafari- and Ginny Simon-chaired event raised more than $195,000. Its final fundraiser, the Spring Raffle, chaired by Susie Bowen and Christie Zinn and which featured a top prize of a two-year lease on a Jeep, raised about $67,000.

“We are so humbled by this outpouring of support both from members of the Liggett family and from the greater community,” said Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for advancement.

“Many more people gave this year than in years past and many of them increased their already generous gifts. That shows our donors understand that their gifts help the school stay at the forefront of education in Michigan and the nation.”

Head of School Joseph Healey echoed Hamilton’s thoughts. “These impressive results tell us that people from southeastern Michigan support our educational mission and recognize the value of Liggett’s contribution to and vital place in the community,” he said.

“Their contributions help us bring in the brightest and most promising students from metropolitan Detroit and by doing so, we are able to help shape the future of the region.”

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