Fairmount Society dinner celebrates WSU’s most dedicated supporters

Guests attending this year’s Fairmount Society dinner on Aug. 19 included some of Wichita State University’s most generous supporters, as well as the 2021 Fairmount Founders’ Award recipients, Clark and Sharon Bastian.

The event, held at Mark Arts, is hosted by the WSU Foundation each year to honor and thank members of its most exclusive giving club, the Fairmount Society. The event also recognizes those individuals and organizations who have reached the highest giving tiers: Lifetime, Lifetime Distinction and Lifetime Achievement.

Enjoy this gallery of photos from the event.

Clark and Sharon Bastian, pictured here with WSU President Rick Muma, were named recipients of the 2021 Fairmount Founders’ Award, given by the WSU Foundation to those who provide outstanding service and exceptional generosity to Wichita State University.
Clark and Sharon Bastian, pictured here with WSU President Rick Muma, were named recipients of the 2021 Fairmount Founders’ Award, given by the WSU Foundation to those who provide outstanding service and exceptional generosity to Wichita State University.
About 165 people attended the 2021 Fairmount Society dinner at Mark Arts
About 165 people attended the 2021 Fairmount Society dinner at Mark Arts.
WSU student Jose Nepius, recipient of the Don and Elizabeth King International Scholarship, shared with those attending the Fairmount Society event his story of coming to the United States from the Dominican Republic to achieve his educational dreams.
WSU student Jose Nepius, recipient of the Don and Elizabeth King International Scholarship, shared with those attending the Fairmount Society event his story of coming to the United States from the Dominican Republic to achieve his educational dreams.
WSU President Rick Muma provided a university update in his remarks to guests at the Fairmount Society dinner
WSU President Rick Muma provided a university update in his remarks to guests at the Fairmount Society dinner.
Dan Peare, chair of the WSU Foundation board of directors, presents a certificate to Gus and Mary Campuzano, new Lifetime members of the Fairmount Society.
Dan Peare, chair of the WSU Foundation board of directors, presents a certificate to Gus and Mary Campuzano, new Lifetime members of the Fairmount Society.
John Kready and Betty Troutman, new Lifetime members of the Fairmount Society, visited with Larry Beamer before the event.
John Kready and Betty Troutman, new Lifetime members of the Fairmount Society, visited with Larry Beamer before the event.
Among guests attending the dinner were Lisa and Steve Sutherland.
Among guests attending the dinner were Lisa and Steve Sutherland.
Honored as new Lifetime Distinction members were Debbie and Jay Smith.
Honored as new Lifetime Distinction members were Debbie and Jay Smith.
Donald Siedhoff and Ruthanne Timm-Siedhoff, center, were recognized as new Lifetime members of the Fairmount Society. Also pictured is WSU President Rick Muma and WSU Foundation President Elizabeth King.
Donald Siedhoff and Ruthanne Timm-Siedhoff, center, were recognized as new Lifetime members of the Fairmount Society. Also pictured is WSU President Rick Muma and WSU Foundation President Elizabeth King.
Finding some time to chat at the Fairmount Society dinner were Marilyn Pauly and Mickey Armstrong.
Finding some time to chat at the Fairmount Society dinner were Marilyn Pauly and Mickey Armstrong.
Kevin Brittain and Jennifur Gorman attended the event as representatives of Capitol Federal Foundation, which was recognized as a new Lifetime Achievement Member in the Fairmount Society.
Kevin Brittain and Jennifur Gorman attended the event as representatives of Capitol Federal Foundation, which was recognized as a new Lifetime Achievement Member in the Fairmount Society.
Clay and Clark Bastian, center, represented their family-owned Fidelity Bank in accepting a certificate as new Fairmount Society Lifetime Achievement members.
Clay and Clark Bastian, center, represented their family-owned Fidelity Bank in accepting a certificate as new Fairmount Society Lifetime Achievement members.
Debbie Haynes and Larry Beamer were honored as new Fairmount Society Lifetime Achievement members during the annual celebration.
Debbie Haynes and Larry Beamer were honored as new Fairmount Society Lifetime Achievement members during the annual celebration.
Bruce Akin, vice president for transmission and distribution for Evergy, represented the utility as it was honored as a new Lifetime Achievement member of Fairmount Society.
Bruce Akin, vice president for transmission and distribution for Evergy, represented the utility as it was honored as a new Lifetime Achievement member of Fairmount Society.
Longtime WSU supporters Ralph and Sue Vautravers were recognized as new Lifetime Achievement members during the Fairmount Society gala.
Longtime WSU supporters Ralph and Sue Vautravers were recognized as new Lifetime Achievement members during the Fairmount Society gala.

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