Having just visited with our Hawaii alumni at our annual January reception, I’m filled with the spirit of aloha, as well as a sense of family togetherness that these local events instill. We are fortunate to have such close-knit groups of alumni who support each other throughout their careers and continue to stay connected regularly.
These annual gatherings and traditions are important parts of the Dugoni School story. A couple of milestone events coming up are even celebrating “golden” anniversaries.
This month we will be celebrating the 50th year of our Asilomar retreat. We are bringing together the 20-year reunion class of 1998, the 5-year reunion class of 2013, Monterey-area alumni and the graduating classes of 2018. If you are in the region, come and join us for a fun event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Saturday, Feb. 17. The event is for the whole family and RSVP details can be found here.
We are also looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Annual Alumni Meeting March 2-3 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The 50th anniversary Legacy Ball will take place on Saturday, March 3 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. It will be a spectacular weekend of CE and celebration on the top of Nob Hill! We invite you to register for the Alumni meeting or learn more about the Legacy Ball.
We have some other exciting news involving the number 50. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, friends and other supporters, we are approaching the milestone of $50 million raised toward our $65 million goal in the “Building Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy” campaign to support our people and programs. Thank you to those who have donated at any level to support the Dugoni School. It will take the support of all of us to build a stronger future.
There is more good news involving numbers. The Department of Endodontics received a strong showing of support from the American Association of Endodontics Foundation; last week foundation officials visited our school to award a $100,000 Endowed Faculty Matching Grant to support the Ronald F. Borer Endowment for Endodontics The impact of the foundation's generosity will be doubled to a total of $200,000 through $100,000 in additional funds provided by University of the Pacific's Powell Match program, which matches qualifying new endowment gifts on a 1:1 basis. You can read about their visit here.
We look forward to our next set of milestones in the years and decades to come! Meanwhile, I look forward to celebrating with you all this year.