Through phone calls, checks, text messages and attendance at the challenge events in Washington, Boston and New York, HWS Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) helped raise more than $50,000 for the Annual Fund, meeting the challenge of Honorary Trustee Henry Rosenberg Jr. ’52, L.H.D. ’02.
Rosenberg created a month-long challenge for GOLD members to make gifts, promising to make a matching gift of $100 for each GOLD member who made a gift – no matter the amount – during the month of March – up to $50,000 or 500 donors. This goal was not only met, but exceeded, with 544 GOLD members making gifts.
“For many years, Henry Rosenberg has proven his fervent commitment to the Colleges,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “Through his exemplary, longtime service on the Board of Trustees and the generous gifts he has made, his giving has manifested in so many visible ways. They have taken the shape of buildings, academic spaces and scholarships and have made a real, lasting impression on Hobart and William Smith.”
Recognizing the impact that GOLD alums can have on the future of the Colleges – as donors, volunteers and as leaders, Rosenberg made this challenge in the hope of inspiring all alums to establish a consistent habit of giving back to the Colleges.
“When I look at the recent graduates of the Colleges, I am struck with the magnitude of their success – as entrepreneurs, as scholars, and as philanthropists. It is this philanthropy of the younger generations has and continues to inspire me to give even more to the Colleges,” says Rosenberg. “I truly hope that my donations will in turn inspire consistent annual giving in the ranks of the young HWS alum, who have been supported by this school and who I am now calling upon to foster the source of their education in return.”
A graduate from the Class of 1952, Rosenberg is an Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees. Through his support in 1994, the Colleges built Rosenberg Hall, the home of the chemistry and biology departments. In 2002, his commitment to the Colleges was recognized with the awarding of an honorary doctorate degree.
As a student, Rosenberg was a co-captain and integral member of the Hobart Lacrosse team, and he continues to carry with him the valuable lessons he learned as a Statesmen.
“I remember learning during a particularly difficult game as a rookie on the lacrosse team, ‘You have to step up to the plate when you’re called upon,'” recalls Rosenberg. “I attribute much of my success to what I learned as a Statesman, as a Hobart graduate. I believe that it is my duty, my obligation to give back. It is what I owe the team and what I owe Hobart and William Smith for all that they have taught me and all that they have contributed to my accomplishments.”
Graduates of the Last Decade are comprised of members of the Classes of 2002, the Classes of 2011 and all of the classes in between.