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Fairmount Society Dinner recognizes award winners, lifetime donors

(l-r) WSU President John Bardo, First Lady Deborah Bardo, Karen Countryman-Roswurm, 2015 Board of Trustees’ Award recipient; and Rynthia and David Mitchell, 2015 Fairmount Founders’ Award recipients; pose for a photo before the Fairmount Society Dinner program on May 14 at the Wichita Marriott.
(l-r) WSU President John Bardo, First Lady Deborah Bardo, Karen Countryman-Roswurm, 2015 Board of Trustees’ Award recipient, and Rynthia and David Mitchell, 2015 Fairmount Founders’ Award recipients, pose for a photo before the Fairmount Society Dinner program on May 14 at the Wichita Marriott.

Special donors and award recipients were recognized at the annual Fairmount Society Dinner on May 14 hosted by the Wichita State University Foundation at the Wichita Marriott.

Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, welcomed nearly 200 guests to an evening highlighted by musical artistry. From the table décor to the design of printed materials, from the New Orleans-style cuisine to the performance by the WSU Jazz Combo, music was the underlying theme. King shared with the audience that 1,167 students were enrolled in a music course during the 2014-15 school year, but 839 of them were not fine arts majors, demonstrating that music is enjoyed by all.

Recognized as new Lifetime Members were Doug and Nancy Blackman, Steve and Regine Feilmeier and Jane McHugh, who have contributed $250,000 or more during their lifetimes. Honored as new Lifetime Distinction Members were Emprise Bank and Allen Gibbs and Houlik LC, which have contributed $500,000 or more during their lifetimes.

Three new Lifetime Achievement Members were recognized: Allegro, Via Christi Health and Les and Susie Rudd. Achievement membership is extended to donors whose total outright giving is $1 million or more during their lifetime.

King recapped significant gifts received since the last dinner, including the most recent, a $5 million gift from Dorothy and Bill Cohen for the Honors College and University Libraries.

WSU President John Bardo thanked the donors in the room, saying, “Without you we are good, but with you we are great.” He gave a campus update discussing groundbreakings for new buildings on the Innovation Campus.

David and Rynthia Mitchell were celebrated as the 2015 Fairmount Founders’ Award recipients. Marilyn Pauly, WSU Foundation Board of Directors chair, praised the Mitchells for their generous donations, their volunteer time and their entrepreneurial spirit.

Tom Winters, WSU Board of Trustees chair, presented Karen Countryman-Roswurm the 2015 Board of Trustees’ Award for strengthening the partnership between WSU and the Wichita community, Kansas and beyond by dedicating her life to educating people about the anti-trafficking movement. Countryman-Roswurm, a faculty member in the School of Social Work, also is director of the WSU Center for Combatting Human Trafficking.

Videos produced by Intake Studios gave a glimpse into the lives of the award recipients.

The WSU Jazz Combo, comprised of WSU students and faculty, performed two numbers that kept guests tapping their feet.

For photos from the event, go to http://bit.ly/Fairmount2015. To view the videos about the award recipients, go to http://bit.ly/WSUFS2015.