Philanthropy News: Benefactor Recognition

The Benefactor Recognition Dinner and Scholarship Breakfast on September 14 and 15 recognized those who generously contribute to Winona State University through the WSU Foundation. Following are just some of the reasons our benefactors support our mission and find WSU worthy of their support.

“We choose to give to the WSU Foundation because we want to help preserve and enhance the same high quality education that has enriched the lives and careers of three generations of our family.”
Lee Loerch ’63 & Ione Loerch ’78

“HBC gives because the university is an important and powerful economic engine. With state funding steadily shrinking, private support is needed to preserve the vitality.”
Gary Evans
HBCI, Inc.

“I give back because scholarships, years ago, helped me attend college. Now I want to create an opportunity for current students to attend an excellent university.”
Marilyn Schwab

“I give back to WSU because my wife Donna, a former elementary school teacher, believed that every child needs a good education to meet the needs of our complex world of the future.”
Eugene W. Lundberg ’60

“We give back to Winona State because we strongly believe that a good education is the most precious gift we can give to children.”
Charles Mettille ’50 & Anita Mettille ’53

WSU Foundation’s Newest Honorees:  the Medallion Society

Benefactor Weekend also marked the inaugural year of a new tribute to our benefactors:  the Medallion Society. More than 150 individuals and organizations were inducted into the WSU Foundation’s newest cumulative giving society on September 14.

Inspired by the Presidential Medallion, a gift from WSU students in 1968, the Medallion Society honors benefactors who display the deepest commitment to strengthening higher education, furthering the university mission, and inspiring philanthropy in those they touch.

Read more about the Medallion Society and its inaugural members in the Donor Honor Roll, included in this issue of Currents.

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About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

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