Concordia's Campaign for a New Millennium aimed high but reached even higher, far exceeding the goal of $55 million.
The campaign wound up last Friday in a flourish of jazzy brass at the Concordia Concert Hall, soon to be officially named after Oscar Peterson.
The total was announced -- $76,825,599 -- and then, dramatically, it was revealed that an anonymous $250,000 gift had sent pledges soaring past the $77-million mark.
The closing ceremonies on Friday featured a video about the campaign, and a live concert by a 16-piece band led by Music Professor Andrew Homzy. It included the premiere of a piece written by Homzy for Concordia's 25th birthday and the centenary of Duke Ellington's birth.
It has been a busy week for Concordians past and present, as they attended Homecoming 99, the Shuffle walkathon, and the launch of the University's 25th anniversary year.
Our current preoccupation with space spilled over into Homecoming. Visitors on Saturday were given a tour of both campuses by well-informed student guides, and they were given a historical map of the University, hot off the presses, thanks to the combined efforts of Archives and Marketing Communications.
One of the highlights of Homecoming was the awarding of the Loyola Medal, one of the University's highest honours, to L. Jacques Ménard, known to some Montrealers these days as Mr. Baseball, but to most Concordians as a tireless fundraiser and member of the Board of Governors.
Rector Frederick Lowy told an appreciative audience on October 1 that the success of the Campaign for a New Millennium has brought new-found recognition to Concordia. "Internally, it has brought us pride of place and purpose," he said.
Ronald Corey, Campaign Chair, had warm words for the staff, volunteers and donors who put the campaign way over the top, and he was joined by James Stanford, of Petro-Canada, and Marianna Simeone, of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the Major Gifts Division.
The campaign total was announced by third-year Journalism student Divine Agodzo, and the co-presenters of the event were Monika Conway (BSc 99) and Robert Laliberte (BComm 99).