2014 Fairmount Society Dinner goes international

East High Lion Dancers helped entertain attendees at the 2014 Fairmount Society Dinner
East High lion dancers helped entertain attendees at the 2014 Fairmount Society Dinner on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Wichita Marriott. The dinner honored the WSU Foundation's most philanthropic university supporters.

Colorful costumes, exotic flowers, international cuisine – all set the tone as Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, welcomed nearly 200 guests to the 2014 Fairmount Society Dinner hosted by the WSU Foundation on May 8 at the Wichita Marriott. A global theme marked the event, which honors new members to the Fairmount Society as well as those being awarded for their support of Wichita State.

    WSU President John Bardo’s remarks highlighted international enrollment, saying that WSU has the largest percentage of international students among Kansas universities. He also said the next residence hall to be built at Wichita State may be an international dorm where American students can learn more about other cultures and international students will have a more authentic living area, especially for dining.

    Five new Lifetime Members and five new Lifetime Distinction Members have joined the Fairmount Society since early last year. They have contributed $250,000 or more and $500,000 or more during their lifetimes, respectively.

    Four new Lifetime Achievement Members were recognized: Bill and Dorothy Cohen, the Flossie E. West Memorial Trust, Charles and Liz Koch and John A. See. Lifetime Achievement membership is extended to donors whose total outright giving is $1 million or more during their lifetime.

    John and Barbara McCune were celebrated as the 2014 Fairmount Founders’ Award recipients. Bill Moore, WSU Foundation Board of Directors chair, praised the McCunes for their hard work, smart decisions and sharing their good fortune with Wichita State. The McCunes noted that John and three of their children graduated from WSU. John commented on their WSU connection by saying, “How do you get much closer than that?”

    Sheryl Wohlford, WSU Board of Trustees member, presented Nancy Martin the 2014 Board of Trustees’ Award for strengthening the partnership between WSU and the community. “They’re both so important to each other,” Nancy said.

    Entertainment was provided by East High School students performing a Lion Dance and a WSU student dance group, Rhydhun, which performed a Bollywood medley and a folk-dance style called Garba.

    Attendees concluded the evening in true Shocker style by singing the alma mater.

    For photos and videos from the event, go to http://foundation.wichita.edu/events/fairmount-society/2014.

Barbara and John McCune hold the 2014 Fairmount Founders’ Award certificate flanked by WSU President John Bardo (left) and Bill Moore, WSU Foundation Board of Directors chair.
Barbara and John McCune hold the 2014 Fairmount Founders’ Award certificate flanked by WSU President John Bardo (left) and Bill Moore, WSU Foundation Board of Directors chair.

 

Nancy Martin was the recipient of the 2014 Board of Trustees’ Award presented by WSU President John Bardo and Sheryl Wohlford, WSU Board of Trustees member.
Nancy Martin was the recipient of the 2014 Board of Trustees’ Award presented by WSU President John Bardo and Sheryl Wohlford, WSU Board of Trustees member.

 
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