Class of 2004 Gives Back to Future Alma Mater
When the Class of 2004 launched a campaign in January of this year to help raise class spirit as well as funds for the law school, they did not know how wildly successful they would be. The seven week campaign generated 84 gifts (32%) and just over $8,000, including an anonymous $1,000 matching gift.
Members of the class are adamant and eloquent when speaking about the campaign’s purpose. Tim Button,‘04, says, “giving back to your law school is tremendously important, because we were all given a gift by the taxpayers of Indiana in being here. It costs far more to educate a future lawyer than law school tuition…We have been given a gift of incredible facilities, an outstanding faculty, a location that provides unique clinical opportunities, and a diverse group of classmates. Alumni of this law school, either through donations, the giving of their time, or their influence in the community and the legislature have helped to make this experience possible for all of us.”
Dean Tony Tarr expressed his gratitude to the Class of 2004, “Your support of the school is very valuable and is greatly appreciated. We are really amazed at the amount you have raised and by the high level of participation.” The campaign’s theme, “Dream, Unite, Share,” inspired campaign committee member Ruth Rivera, ’04 to comment that, “The Class Campaign is about 'paying forward,' so that others will enjoy the same or better experiences. We are trying to create a sense of belonging that will last forever.” Amanda Kamman, Assistant Director for Development at the law school and one of the initial organizers of the campaign, said the goal of the campaign was really to raise awareness of the need for private support and to help lay the ground work for keeping soon-to-be alumni connected to the school. “This was the first year a campaign of this sort has been done and we are extremely pleased with the results. We’re looking forward to building on the success of the Class of 2004 far into the future.”
Julie Reed,’04 sums up the campaign this way: “Call it equity, call it charity, call it reciprocity - it's just the right thing to do.” [Photo of Class Campaign Committee Members: Courtney Foster, C.W. Raines, Heidi Hughes, Jacqueline Ayers, Julie Reed, Tim Button, Ruth Rivera, and Cassandra Giles]