Celebrating Tomorrow explores how donors' gifts are shaping Yale's future

Alumni, administrators and friends of University gathered on Sept. 16 and 17 to celebrate the success of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign, the largest fundraising drive in Yale’s history.

The five-year capital campaign, which ended on June 30, raised $3.886 billion, exceeding its goal of $3.5 billion.

The event served not only to pay tribute to the generosity of the campaign’s leadership donors, but to show them firsthand how their contributions are helping to shape Yale’s future.

The weekend began with a gala dinner with President Richard C. Levin on Friday night in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library. The participants were invited to take part in sessions on Saturday that reflected the priorities of the campaign — from funding two new undergraduate residential colleges to supporting cutting-edge medical and scientific research, the arts, West Campus, international initiatives, the graduate and professional schools, facilities and more.

The day included a luncheon featuring a keynote address by noted historian and author David McCullough ‘55 B.A. who spoke on “Yale and the American Adventure,” looking at the University’s role in certain historic events. There were also tours of four recently renovated facilities: Ingalls Rink, Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

The centerpiece of the day’s events was “Celebrating Tomorrow,” a multimedia exploring the many ways in which the Yale Tomorrow Campaign has made Yale a stronger institution and magnified its impact on the world for generation to come.

The evening concluded with a gala dinner on Beinecke Plaza, which was bathed in a kaleidoscope of colored lights.

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