Annual 1870 Dinner Celebrates Historic Fundraising Year at Colorado State University

Colorado State University will recognize major donors and celebrate fundraising successes of the past year at the annual 1870 Recognition Dinner on Friday, Sept. 30.

The 1870 dinner honors donors of $100,000 or more and is named for the year that the university was founded. President’s Council members include alumni, corporations, foundations, organizations and friends who contribute $1000 or more a year to the university. This past year, Colorado State raised $58,641,476 in private support.

The university’s three lifetime giving societies recognize cumulative gifts of donors. They include the President’s Society, recognizing cumulative commitments between $25,000 – $99,999; the Morgan Society for contributions between $100,000 – $999,999; and the Lory Society for gifts of $1 million or more. Frontier Society members have included Colorado State University in their estate plans.

"Colorado State University is enjoying a record year in support from our alumni and friends, evidenced by our historic announcement of a $30 million gift just this week," said Don Fry, vice president for University Development and Advancement. "This week’s gift is just one example of how our alumni and friends are enthusiastic about the university’s future."

The 1870 Recognition Dinner has earned a reputation as the university’s most elegant annual event. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center by invitation and reservation only. The evening will include a black tie optional reception and dinner, a recognition program with remarks by President Larry Edward Penley and a performance by the Colorado State Jazz Combo.

The number of President’s Council members is 3,527 for fiscal year 2004-2005.