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Radford Society Celebration Spotlights Friends' Cycle of Giving

RADFORD -- Radford University welcomed its most generous supporters -- alumni, friends, faculty and staff -- on Saturday, November 7 to the inaugural Radford Society Celebration Reception in the foyer and art gallery of the Covington Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for us to say thank you to some of our most generous donors and friends,” said Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle.

More than 100 guests from as far away as Texas and Georgia attended the event, which was sponsored by the RU Foundation. The reception was “red-tie” optional and featured the music of Dr. Stevan Jackson, Andrew Imhoff and Dustin Rakes.

Radford President Kyle with BB&T ExecutivesThe Radford Society includes loyal alumni, parents, and friends who made annual gifts to Radford University of $1,000 or more or those who have cumulatively given more than $100,000 in support of RU’s ongoing drive to sustain and enhance excellence in the academic, leadership and service-learning experiences available to its students.

“Radford gave me the greatest gift of all which was belief in myself,” said Marcia Adler ’75, M.S. ’76 and a Partner-level donor to the Radford Society. “For that I will always treasure Radford and will do what I can to help in any way that I can.”

During the FY2009, the Radford University Foundation received more than $3.7 million in gifts, an increase of $1.5 million over the previous year. The Radford Society’s Presidents Circle, which reflects lifetime philanthropic support of RU, includes 11 Platinum-level benefactors of $1 million or more, 12 Gold-level patrons, 19 Sterling-level patrons and 22 Bronze-level patrons.

In the membership category of the Radford Society that reflects annual philanthropic support, there were 15 Benefactors who gave $25,000 or more, including Edward and Nancy Rice who were instrumental in sustaining RU’s effort to become a prestigious “Steinway School” or one whose music study students play only on the iconic Steinway pianos. The Charter level of $1,000 to $4,999 was the most common Radford Society membership level and included over 170 individual or business donors.

“These donations result in scholarships that attract the brightest students to our campus and put prominent scholars in our classrooms and labs,” said Georgia Ann Snyder-Falkinham, vice-president of the RU Foundation, who spoke in place of Foundation President David DeHart. “These gifts fund innovative programs and research that extend the university’s transformative reach.”

Nov. 9, 2009
Contact: Don Bowman(; 540-831-7523)

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