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Phoenix College Unveils Interactive Donor Recognition Wall

May 15, 2013

Phoenix College recognized individual and corporate donors at a reception held in the terrace atrium of the recently renovated Hannelly Center, May 2, 2013. Donors, students, faculty, and staff joined together for the official unveiling of the new, interactive donor recognition wall.

Featuring floating glass name panels and an interactive touchscreen, the donor wall commands attention. Visitors can use the touchscreen to learn more about Phoenix College on a historical timeline, find a name listed among the school’s thousands of donors, and watch video testimonials of both donors and students. The wall displays 3,124 donors whose cumulative giving totals $4.8 million in contributions.

The reception brought together donors as well as some of the students who have benefitted from their generosity. Four students who received scholarships spoke at the event. According to Robert Nolan, PC student and recipient of a scholarship from The Dougherty Foundation, “Education is like gravity – it pulls you towards it, but it can also weigh you down. Your contributions help to relieve some of that weight.”

PC student Miguel Lopez-Gonzalez also spoke to the crowd regarding his scholarship. Lopez-Gonzalez wasn’t sure if education could be in his future because of the cost. Due to the availability of scholarships and his hard work, Lopez-Gonzalez has been highly successful at PC. He maintains a 4.0 grade point average, has been selected as valedictorian, was named to the 2013 All-Arizona Academic Team (which includes a tuition waiver to any in-state university), and is the recipient of the Diane H. Thomas Scholarship which includes a $10,000 award. “Without you,” said Lopez-Gonzalez, addressing the crowd of donors, “I would not be here.”

Dr. Anna Solley, President of PC, also spoke to the importance of the donations. “Without your philanthropy and vision for a better future, we would not be celebrating the success of our students or the growth of the Scholarship Program,” she said.

Attendees also heard from Dan Withers, owner and founder of D.L. Withers Construction and Vanguard Society level donor. Withers’ generosity began in 2005 through contributions to the Eric Fischl Scholars Program. Withers became involved with PC as his company started construction of the new Hannelly Center, and decided to become a donor following his experience. “We got to know the campus, the vision, the leadership and the commitment,” said Withers. “I wanted to get more involved.”

While navigating the digital donor wall, one can peruse the various levels of support, including the Vanguard Society. Members of this level have donated over $100,000. This level is followed by the President’s Circle ($50,000-$99,999), Leadership Society ($10,000-$49,999), Benefactor ($5,000-$9,999), Advocate ($1,000-$4,999), and Friend (up to $1,000). There is also designation on the donor wall for the Legacy Society, for individuals who have set up trusts and wills to benefit PC.

This distinctive wall, located on the upper level of the Hannelly Center, stands as a tribute to the tremendous generosity of donors who helped to realize the educational dreams of many PC students.