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Leadership-level donors thanked at annual Presidents Club Reception

UGA President Jere W. Morehead welcomed Student Ambassadors and members of the Arch Society to the Presidents Club Reception on Oct. 11. (Photo by Wingate Downs)

The annual Presidents Club Reception was held on Oct. 11 in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall, recognizing the FY19 members of this UGA giving society. Donors in the Presidents Club collectively contributed over $113 million to the Commit to Georgia campaign in FY19. The event brought together more than 900 Presidents Club members.

“As we near the end of this record-breaking campaign, I credit so much of our success to our loyal Presidents Club members,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Their commitment to the University of Georgia is inspiring, and their generous contributions will benefit this great institution and our outstanding students for generations.”

Established in 1973, the Presidents Club, whose members give $1,500 or more in a fiscal year, comprises alumni and friends whose support makes an immediate impact at UGA.

Members’ annual gifts play a significant role in advancing the campaign’s priorities: increasing scholarship support, enhancing the learning environment and solving grand challenges.

Presidents Club members can be found across the nation, but a significant number come from within UGA itself: 472 Presidents Club members were current or former UGA employees in FY19, and they contributed a total of $4.5 million last year.

“We’ve achieved so much during this campaign, and it’s because donors like these kept asking us, ‘What more can I do? How can I help one more student?’ ” said Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kelly Kerner. “Their dedication to advancing UGA is beyond commendable. With supporters like these, our success will extend far beyond this campaign.”