"Celebration of Achievement & Imagination" across globe highlights progress and close of Beyond Boundaries
Special events to mark the impressive progress made possible by Beyond Boundaries: The Campaign for Tufts have been hitting the mark from Los Angeles to London.
"A perfect event…from A to Z," said Diane Oshen, J77, of the New York gala. "Great venue, great speakers, great performance, lovely film, perfect inter-generational mix of alums, welcoming hosts… My husband and I were commenting on how it was one of the nicest events we've been to in a long time."
The New York gala was just one of nine events in the “A Celebration of Achievements & Imagination” series, which focused on how gifts raised during the university's $1.2 billion campaign are transforming the university. The first two events—Los Angeles and Hong Kong—have been followed by New York, Miami, Palm Beach, London, and Washington, D.C. Programs have included the traditional remarks and thanks from people involved in the success of the campaign, including Trustee Jonathan Tisch, A76; chair of the Board of Trustees Jim Stern, A72; Tufts University Alumni Association President Barbara Clarke, J88; and President Lawrence S. Bacow.
They've also tapped the talents of local accomplished Tufts graduates. Actor and singer Peter Gallagher, A77, performed excerpts from his one-man show in Los Angeles, and in New York, dancers/choreography partners Art Bridgman, A72, and Myrna Packer gave a breathtaking performance of their innovative work in "video partnering"—the integration of live performance and video technology. Also breathtaking and, in one case, extremely innovative: the venues. New York's The TimesCenter, a sprawling 5,000-square-foot space with dramatic, high ceilings located in the heart of Times Square, drew the largest attendance, with more than 200 guests. Loews Miami Beach Hotel and Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach attracted more than 100 guests each.
The venue with the most celebrated past was Bridgewater House, made possible by Tufts friend Spiro Latsis and considered one of London's most stunning Victorian aristocratic houses. Bridgewater House is noted for its famed murals and sculptures. Alumni, friends, students, and President-elect Anthony Monaco and his wife, Zoia Monaco, were among those who gathered in the gilded, marbled halls on March 26. The program included a toast by International Board of Overseers Chair Fotis Antonatos, A06P.
A different but also remarkable setting was the Newseum, the choice for the April 4 Washington, D.C., event. Standing between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Newseum offers spectacular views of the Capitol, National Gallery of Art, and the National Mall, while also allowing guests to enjoy the Great Hall of News: a 90-foot-high atrium that features the Electronic Window on the World, a 40’ x 22’ LED screen visible from inside and outside of the museum to deliver breaking news.