PULLMAN, Wash. — Thirty-six major donors to Washington State University, including three who have given $1 million or more, will be recognized during the WSU Foundation’s 22nd Annual Meeting of Trustees and Members Oct. 4-5.
Foundation members – more than 500 donors and volunteers – will meet on campus for meetings and events.
More than $43 million was contributed to WSU by private donors in fiscal year 2000-2001, which ended June 30.
“I applaud the generosity and spirit that lives in the heart of Cougars and friends of Washington State University,” said Jacquelyne Doane, chair of the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees “WSU’s ability to deliver a world-class educational experience is greatly enhanced by the gifts of time, talent and financial support that are given so freely by foundation members and volunteers.”
Participants will attend the annual meeting and the WSU Foundation board of trustees meeting, in addition to committee meetings, special presentations, a luncheon and a recognition dinner gala in WSU’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum Friday night. The gala will recognize contributors to the University of $100,000 or more, as well as pay tribute to volunteer service. The foundation will reveal this year’s recipient of the Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award, named after the founding chair of the WSU Foundation, Weldon B. “Hoot” Gibson. The award, the WSU Foundation’s highest honor, will recognize an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary and exemplary volunteer service on behalf of the University.
At the recognition dinner gala, three donors will be honored as Laureates, contributors of $1 million or more: Microsoft Corporation of Redmond; CH2M Hill Hanford Group, Inc. of Richland; and the W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles.
Thirty-three individuals and organizations will be recognized as new WSU Benefactors for contributions of $100,000 or more.
They include, from Pullman, Spokane, and other eastern Washington communities: Eugene A. Bahr (deceased) and Denice Kay (Bahr) Summers (deceased), Wilbur; Donald Downen (deceased), Pullman; Jean (Thornton) Ferguson (deceased) and Baker Ferguson, Walla Walla; Ralph and Ardis Hauser, Pullman; Bert J. Porter, Spokane; Harold and Helen Shepherd (deceased), Pomeroy; Charles and Gwendolyn Yoke, Colbert.
From central Washington: Ruth Brimble Carantzas, Cashmere; Ferne M. Daniel, William H. & Fairrie (Pack) Daniel (both deceased), Ephrata; Grant County Cougar Club, Moses Lake.
From the Puget Sound region: Rich and Annette Bowie, Woodway; William L. and Linda K. Renn, Woodinville; James P. and Lee Ella (Neff) Ruck, Everett; Immunex Corporation, Seattle; William Joyce & Diane K. Melde, Woodinville; Gale J. Kicha, Issaquah; Stan (deceased) & Lenora E. McEachran, Lynnwood; Morton A. Robbins, Rochester; and Western Wireless Corporation, Bellevue.
From Portland and other Oregon Cities: Gary Manchester, Portland; Barbara & Byron Rickert, Rainier; and Bob and Maryhelen Brimble, Portland.
Other benefactors include: Atairgin Technologies, Incorporated, Irvine, Calif.; Motorola, Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Jody R. Buckley, Menlo Park, Calif.; Anne McCrea Chase, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Jane G. Logan, Piedmont, Calif.; Mary Rido Kees (deceased), Martinsburg, West Virg.; Clifford and Evelyn Transeth, Aptos, Calif.; Cline and Gretchen Frasier, Concord, Mass.; and American Sheep Industry Association Inc., Englewood, Colo.