Emory Report
September 2, 2008
Volume 61, Number 2



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2, 2008
Campaign Emory to launch Sept. 25

By Marlene Goldman

Campaign Emory will launch publicly on Sept. 25 to support the vision articulated in the University’s strategic plan. “Emory’s future is built on the notion that it can combine the power of private support with the University’s unique people and programs to address fundamental challenges of improving health, gaining ground in science and technology, resolving conflict, harnessing the power of the arts, and educating the heart and mind,” says President Jim Wagner.  

The launch comes after three years of building momentum in the quiet phase of the comprehensive campaign. "We have been thrilled with the response of our alumni and friends as we have been taking our case into the community and around the country, securing leadership gifts and enlisting committed volunteers,” says Susan Cruse, senior vice president for development and alumni relations at Emory.

The University community will celebrate Campaign Emory with two special events to be held on Emory’s Clairmont Campus that have been planned to coincide with Homecoming weekend.

The Campaign Emory Gala on Thursday, Sept. 25, will be a formal, invitation-only black-tie dinner. Wagner, Board of Trustees Chair Ben Johnson, campaign volunteer chair Sonny Deriso, and Emory Alumni Board President Crystal Edmonson 95C will unveil the campaign goal and present a brief showcase of transformational giving. Capping the evening will be a performance of Enquérir (to inquire). This cirque-style program, written especially for Emory, will explore the origins, challenges, and ultimate triumph of courageous inquiry at Emory.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, Emory will bring this message and performance to the University family of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Wagner and Edmonson will guide the audience through a showcase of Emory’s bests, highlighting scholars and scientists, innovations and inventions, programs and partnerships. This larger, but more casual event—Celebration Emory —will open at 4 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 5 p.m. It will include an encore presentation of Enquérir followed by a light reception at 6 p.m.

Celebration Emory is free for faculty, staff, students, and alumni, but tickets are required. Ticket information is available at www.emory.edu/events. Tickets are limited to four per family.