A Night of Thanks
Donors are honored at Presidentâ€™s Appreciation Reception
High level donors to UCF were honored last night at the annual Presidentâ€™s Appreciation Reception at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. Attendees were recognized for their annual giving levels ofÂ Â $25,000 or more, or lifetime giving levels of $100,000 or more.
Dr. Hitt thanked supporters for sharing their time, talent and personal resources to ensure that UCF continues to stand for opportunity.Â â€śYour philanthropy supports our students, faculty, programs and facilities. Your vision helps us to provide real-world experiences to our students. Your support strengthens our commitment to creating new facilities to meet student and community needs.â€ť
Two special awards â”€ the Presidentâ€™s Award and the Partnership Award â”€ were also given. The recipient of the 2012 Presidentâ€™s Award was Dr. Neil Euliano, a long time supporter of UCF who led the way for the creation of the Veterans Commemorative Site on Memory Mall. â€śWe thank you not only tonight, but always. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to honor your service and the sacrifices of all American veterans,â€ť said Hitt.
The 2012 Partnership Award was given to The Wayne M. Densch Charitable Trust, whose decades-long partnership with UCF has resulted in the renaming of two athletics buildings and the creation of the Wayne Densch Sports Center, home to the UCF football program. A new partnership between the two will become a student-academic center on campus that will provide classroom space, career advisement and tutoring services for UCFâ€™s student-athletes.
Senior engineering major Tatiana Viecco thanked the donors who have made her studies at UCF possible. â€śUCFâ€™s ability to stand for opportunity is made so much stronger because of donors like you. You give much more than money â”€ you give hope and encouragement too. None of what Iâ€™ve accomplished would be possible without your generous contributions.â€ť
(Photo: Santiago Rodriguez, Santiago Studios)