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t their 40th Reunion, members of the Class of '68 talked
about starting a class project to raise money for the Uni-
versity. Now, nearly five years later, the group has already
surpassed their ambitious goal of $100,068 and is on the final leg
of the campaign, which will wrap up at their 45th Reunion in May.
"We really felt it was time to start giving back to the University
in a meaningful way," says project committee member Nancy
(Grainger) Robb.
The project committee is made up of: Brian Bell (chairman),
Dr. Maurice Tugwell, Pam (Steeves) Bowman, Kathleen (Downey)
McMullen, Nancy (Waller) Cutler, and Robb. Project support
has also come from Ray Wheeler, Cathy (Cooke) Byard, and
Joan Peggs.
"We really enjoyed our own years at Mount A and all recognize
how it contributed to our own present happiness and success in
life," says McMullen.
The project has taken on an active and personal approach, with
committee members meeting one-on-one with classmates from
across the country.
"This approach has really paid off for the project, but in a greater
way, it has paid off in friendships," says McMullen.
The money raised through this project will be used to create an
entrance scholarship for a first-year, well-rounded student who has
demonstrated leadership in community service and extracurricu-
lar activities.
To cap off this campaign, classmate and Cambridge, ON artist Lee
(Walker) Taggart, a Fine Arts graduate, has donated three of her
paintings to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the project.
When Taggart turned 60 she decided to mark the year by doing
60 acrylic paintings of landscapes she had visited. Three of those
paintings, all Atlantic Canadian scenes, have been chosen for the
auction: sand dunes in PEI, fjords in Newfoundland, and a scene
of the Bay of Fundy.
The paintings will be on display for a silent auction on campus
during Reunion Weekend (May 10-12, 2013).
The campaign has seen consistent commitment from classmates
over the past five years. The participation rate for the class project
is amongst the highest in Mount Allison's history, and the com-
mittee is hoping for one last boost of the numbers.
"We really want to go out with a bang on this project," says
Robb says they would love to have as many classmates as possible
join them for their 45th Reunion in May to participate in the auc-
tion and to present the cheque to the University.
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Class of '68 on final leg of
successful fund raising project
Lee (Walker) Taggart with the three paintings to be auctioned at Reunion in May