On Sept. 5, we held our annual alumni reception during the California Dental Association’s conference in San Francisco. This year we got to host our guests in our new dental facilities at 155 Fifth Street, just a block away from the conference location at the Moscone Center. Several hundred members of the Pacific Dugoni alumni family joined us for a great gathering.
As we mentioned that night, we have great news regarding our current capital campaign in support of the new facilities. Thanks to the stellar leadership of Dr. Edmond Bedrossian as president of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation (PDF) and the hard work of Jeff Rhode as associate dean of Development, we have now raised $20.2 million toward the overall goal of $40 million for the “Building Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy” fundraising campaign.
PDF President Bedrossian has led by example, by giving generously of his time, talent and treasure. His offer to host innovative and strategic donor events has resulted in millions of dollars in support of the campaign. His enthusiasm has been contagious and produced successful recruitments of eight new board members in the last two years — each giving $100,000 or more to the current campaign. I am sincerely grateful to Dr. Bedrossian for his friendship and dedication to our great dental school. I want to thank all the members of the PDF board for their support and enthusiasm.
I hired Jeff two-plus years ago when the campaign was at less than $4 million total in its first two years. Jeff recruited and kept a terrific Development team together and they have raised more than $16 million the last two years. This has always been a uniquely challenging campaign because it did not start with any prior gifts — it only includes philanthropy designated toward the new dental facilities project, not typical campaigns built around grants, planned gifts, or annual funds. Nonetheless, Jeff's Development team has done an extraordinary job in a very short period of time.
To view our new campaign web site and to learn about naming opportunities in the new dental facilities or ways to make a gift, please visit www.dental.pacific.edu/campaign.
If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Jeff Rhode at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who has gotten involved in supporting the future of Pacific Dugoni through the “Building Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy” campaign.