In a show of their devotion to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, two trustees who are both parents of Hobart graduates will host a pair of Florida Launch celebrations of Campaign for the Colleges this weekend in Jupiter and Naples.
Trustee Jane Napier, a member of the Board for more than a decade, will host a celebration on Saturday, Jan. 20 at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter. Trustee Daniel Accordino and his wife, Cindy, will host an event on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Naples Grande Resort and Club.
“We have much to celebrate with the members of the HWS family living in Florida, said President Mark D. Gearan. “With clear goals in mind, we have the capability to ensure the promise of a Hobart and William Smith education for generations to come.
The campaign kicked off last fall with events on campus, in New York City and Boston, and aims to fulfill priorities established in the Colleges’ strategic planning initiatives, including the creation of a Performing Arts Center, expanding the Scandling Student Center, and renovating athletics facilities, as well as raising the endowment to top $200 million, increasing scholarships and more.
The Florida programs will be highlighted by reflections from Cindy Accordino of Naples, the mother of Frank Fellone, a 2004 graduate; Kenneth Carle of Naples, professor emeritus in chemistry who taught at the Colleges from 1959 to 1992 and parent of three alums; Honorary Trustee Jane Ritter ’48 of Sarasota; and author Anthony Bridwell ’49 of Naples.
Board Chair David H. Deming ’75, managing director of Integrated Finance Limited in Manhattan, will provide the welcome at the gatherings and Vice Chair Maureen Collins Zupan, a financial planner with Sagemark Consulting in Syracuse, will highlight next year’s 100th anniversary of the founding of William Smith College. As part of the campaign, the women of William Smith have committed themselves to raising $7 million to establish and endow a new Centennial Center for Leadership.
“With each event, the momentum continues to build. I look forward to celebrating our ongoing success at these two beautiful venues with those of us who care so much for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, said Deming.