More than $400,000 donated during homecoming weekend


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 3, 2013) — Tuskegee University alumni capped off Homecoming 2013 by leaving a large gift for the university’s capital campaign. During a weekend filled with events that included the reunion celebrations for the Classes of 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008, alumni presented $461,007.24 to Acting Tuskegee University President, Dr. Matthew Jenkins. The presentation was made during the Homecoming/Charter Day Convocation in Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena today. 

Cosby was presented the Booker T. Washington
Legacy award by Jenkins
During remarks, Tuskegee National Alumni Association, Inc. president, Walter Wortham, asked all alumni to raise their hands and pledge their commitment. 

“Repeat after me, ‘As a Tuskegee graduate, I love Mother Tuskegee and I promise to do better this year in giving back,’ ” Wortham urged.

Cosby and Alabama Power raise funds

Convocation speaker, Bill Cosby, also did his part, to help fill Tuskegee’s capital campaign coffers. After the convocation, Cosby appeared at a special donor event held in the Legacy Museum. Cosby is honorary co-chair of the 'Programmed for Excellence Capital Campaign for Advancing Tuskegee University.' Donors paid either $5,000 or $10,000 to speak with Cosby and get a souvenir photo. 

Today’s donation total included a $300,000 gift given by the Alabama Power Foundation that was presented to the university Saturday. The donation was given to the College of Engineering, during an event hosted by alumnus Jonathan Porter. He is director of customer services for Alabama Power Company and is on Tuskegee’s board of trustees. The check was accepted by Jenkins, Tuskegee University Board of Trustees chairman, Retired Maj. General Charles Williams and Legand Burge, dean of the College of Engineering.

“Education is the cheapest form of survival and we are trying to impart knowledge here,” Jenkins said during the presentation. 

© 2013 Tuskegee University

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