Celebrating Heritage Society members!
Recognizing new and long-time members
Joined by leaders from across the University, nearly 400 people gathered at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis for the 2015 Presidents Club Heritage Society Dinner on June 22. The Heritage Society recognizes donors who have made estate and other planned gifts to the University.
Heritage Society Dinner 2015 Slideshow
- More than 160 new Heritage Society members were recognized for their generous gifts. New and existing members committed more than $100 million to the University this year.
- During the social hour, guests had the opportunity to learn from graduate students, including Joshua Fasching (pictured right), about the U’s leadership in the MnDRIVE initiative on robotics.
- MnDRIVE—a collaboration of the U, the State, and Minnesota industry—is advancing the study of robotics to benefit a broad range of applications, from making surgery safer to reducing risk to military and defense forces.
- Robots are fun, too! They help the outreach efforts of graduate students like Elizabeth Jensen to inspire more K-12 students to study science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Pre-dinner entertainment was provided by The Jason Hernandez Trio, including (from left) Yinka Ayinde, ’15; Jason Hernandez, ’14; and Evan Corcoran.
- Christophe and Katie Lenglet were among the new members attending the 2015 Heritage Society Dinner.
- Edwin and Beverly Thiede were welcomed to both the Heritage and Trustees societies for their future and current gifts. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Planned Giving Officer Harlan Cavert joined them in celebration.
- Hugh and Joyce Edmonson and Mick Johnson were among the long-standing and new Heritage Society members who enjoyed the festive occasion.
- The event reflected the wide-ranging interests of Heritage Society donors and the tremendous impact of their philanthropy across the University.
- University of Minnesota Foundation President and CEO Kathy Schmidlkofer (above left) thanked all Heritage Society members, including Monica Novak (right), for their generosity and shared belief in the power of education and research.
- U of M Regent Abdul Omari (center) and his guest, Jazlynn Paige (left), caught up with Karen Kaler before it was time for dinner.
- Lee Sundet (right) had a chance to hear first-hand about the U’s innovative work in robotics from featured speaker and Distinguished McKnight University Professor Nikos Papanikolopoulos.
- Scholarship student Jesse Kasim, ’16, and U of M President Eric Kaler were also featured speakers.
- President Eric Kaler expressed his gratitude for the support of Heritage Society members, including Jim and Barbara Collins (above).
- Biomedical engineering major Jesse Kassim noted that one of his two scholarships was created as the result of a planned gift. That decision (to create the scholarship) changed my life, he said.
- Jesse had the honor of introducing the new Heritage Society members attending the dinner, including Laurine Speltz and Denis Ryono and Neal Anderson.
- Heritage Society members share a special affection for the University.
- Nearly 400 people attended the evening gathering.
- The generosity and foresight of Presidents Club Heritage Society members creates a legacy that helps pave the way for future generations.
- The more than 2,000 current members of the Presidents Club Heritage Society have made gift commitments to the University totaling nearly $700 million.
- The annual Heritage Society Dinner is an opportunity to welcome new members and thank all members for their planned gifts to the University. Robotics was the theme for this year’s celebration.