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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
TO RAISE $600 MILLION BY 2003

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By Ralph Derickson

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UK already has received gifts, contribution commitments and pledges totaling $318,054,449, more than half the campaign goal.

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Sept. 15, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – The University of Kentucky today announced a goal of $600 million for its first-ever comprehensive fund-raising campaign and the most ambitious fund-raising effort in the history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The campaign, known by the title " A Call To Greatness," continues through June 30, 2003.

University of Kentucky President Charles T. Wethington Jr., campaign National Chair James W. Stuckert of Louisville and UK's Chief Development Officer Terry Mobley reported that UK already has received gifts, contribution commitments and pledges totaling $318,054,449, more than half the campaign goal.

The much-anticipated announcement from the university came in a campaign kick-off celebration attended by many of UK's alumni, friends and donors, as well as UK students, faculty and staff.

President Wethington said the campaign funds would permit UK to make a major "investment in people -- the students, faculty and staff who will take this university to the level of a top-20 public research institution by the year 2020. "

Speaking to the crowd of UK supporters, Stuckert said, "This is a Kentucky day.  Not just for the University of Kentucky, but for the people of Kentucky.  We will reach our goal, and we need everyone to give and give generously."

Mobley said some of the money raised during the campaign will be used for capital projects including buildings and equipment, but the great majority will help bolster the university's endowment and investment in people.

"The impact of this extraordinary fund-raising effort will be felt throughout the university and across Kentucky," Mobley said.

Today's announcement was a central event in a weekend of special events focusing on the Campaign for the University of Kentucky and the academic programs the fund-raising effort would support.

Following the announcement of the campaign goal, all the colleges of the UK campus, including those in the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, opened their doors to the public to present academic showcases spotlighting their scholastic expertise.

Many of the showcases, featuring everything from demonstrations of magnetic resonance imaging to the sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., were to remain open for public viewing on Saturday.

Yesterday, UK students, faculty and staff gathered in the botanical gardens near the UK student center for a rallying picnic in support of the campaign.

A musical spectacular featuring "The Ladies of Note," jazz singers Lainie Kazan, Melba Moore and Nnenna Freelon in their premiere performance together, continued the UK festivities Thursday evening.

A Campaign Gala and Fellows Dinner at which this year's UK Fellows take center stage will be held tonight in Rupp Arena.  UK Fellows are persons who have contributed $10, 000 or more to the university.

Saturday, UK plays Indiana in Commonwealth Stadium, an annual rivalry that fills the 68,000-plus-seat stadium.  A special halftime show is planned as a part of the celebration.

Festivities continue Sunday as the UK Art Museum in the Singletary Center for the Arts begins a yearlong celebration of its 25th anniversary in a 2 p.m. "Director's Forum."  A UK Symphony Orchestra Concert is set to start at 3 p.m. in the Singletary Center for the Arts.   Both events are free and open to the public.


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