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Annual Fund Reaches 60 Percent Alumni Participation for 10th Straight Year; Meets Million/Ten/Sixty Challenge

The Davidson College Annual Fund set a new record today, reaching 60 percent alumni participation for the 10th year in a row.

In reaching this milestone for the 10th straight year, the college met the Million/Ten/Sixty Challenge and earned an extra $1 million from four current and former trustees.

"We are profoundly grateful to the four anonymous donors who established this challenge," said Davidson College President Carol Quillen, "and to the thousands of alumni whose contributions allowed us to meet this ambitious goal. The extraordinary loyalty demonstrated year after year by Davidson alumni is one of the things that make Davidson distinctive. This remarkable level of support allows us to maintain our strong dedication to excellence in academics and in Division I athletics, our commitment to attracting and enrolling the best students regardless of financial need, and our legacy of leadership and service. These gifts make a difference in the lives of our students every day."

Davidson's exact participation rate and gift totals will be available in early July, when all gifts have been counted. In advance of that, "I'd like to recognize the challenge donors," said Maria Tardugno Aldrich '03, director of the Annual Fund, "and thank the hundreds of alumni and parent volunteers for making this year's campaign so successful. We're particularly grateful to 2012 National Annual Fund Chair Anne Keith Lupo '83 and Parents Council Chairs Sharon and Dave Platter, parents of Brian Platter '12."

Last year, Davidson was one of only three colleges and universities that achieved 60 percent participation in the Annual Fund. Only nine colleges and universities in the nation last year achieved annual fund participation rates above 50 percent.