Cazenovia College Launches $10 Million Comprehensive Campaign

Cazenovia College Launches $10 Million Comprehensive Campaign
Lead gifts include $1 million commitment from the Jephson Educational Trusts

Christakos Field Dedication Ribbon Cutting
Harriet Christakos, surrounded by members of her family, cuts the ribbon to dedicate the new Christakos Athletic Field.

Cazenovia, N.Y. – (September 29, 2012) Cazenovia College officials launched the public phase of the institution’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, Building Futures One at a Time: The Campaign for Cazenovia College on Saturday, September 29. The $10 million fundraising initiative was kicked off with much fanfare, as the first completed capital project of the campaign, Christakos Field, was dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as a part of the festivities.

To date, over $6.2 million of the overall $10 million goal has been raised, including a $1 million commitment from the Jephson Educational Trusts for the naming of South Campus located on Albany Street. This pledge is the largest ever made by the Jephson trustees, who administer endowed funds established by the late Lucretia Davis Jephson, the former owner of the Hillcrest Estate in Cazenovia. College President Mark Tierno looks forward to continuing to work with community members as the South Campus project takes shape during the fundraising and planning process.

"I am deeply gratified by the extraordinary generosity shown by so many friends of the College," said President Tierno. "The College has always been very fortunate to benefit not only from its alumni base, but also from members of the community who believe in the mission of the institution and its positive impact on the region."

The $350,000 leadership gift made by the Christakos family to name the new turf athletic field is another example of support from the Cazenovia community. The field is named in honor of the late Nicholas J. Christakos, trustee emeritus of Cazenovia College and longtime civic and business leader in the Central New York area.

Equally notable has been the participation of various Cazenovia College constituencies in this effort, with 100% of current board members contributing to the campaign (with almost $2 million in commitments from current and former College trustees) and over $500,000 donated by faculty and staff, with 51% of the workforce making a gift to date.

With Christakos Field completed, attention is now turned toward the five remaining campaign priorities, including the South Campus project; the Science Labs project; endowment support for Academic Excellence; increased endowment for Scholarships; all the while emphasizing fundraising to the Cazenovia Fund for the essential dollars that support day-to-day operating costs.

"Every gift is important; every gift matters as we push to secure funding for each of the campaign’s six funding priorities," said Brad Wheler, chair of the College’s board of trustees. "With each dollar raised, we are building Cazenovia College’s future, just like we prepare our students for their futures – one at a time."