BGSU Magazine Spring 2012

Leadership Circle Gala recognizes top donors

A new tradition at Bowling Green State University has been established to celebrate special donors and friends who are committed to improving the University. 

The Leadership Circle Gala is a special event to recognize the generosity of those who have given substantially to scholarships, academic programs and athletics at BGSU. 

“The gala is a special opportunity to thank our most passionate supporters,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. “I hope every guest at the gala walks away knowing how much they are valued. We deeply appreciate every donor, at every level, because together we are building the future of this great University.” 

The BGSU Foundation, Inc., hosted its first gala event April 20 in the new, state-of-the-art Stroh Center. The evening was a special opportunity for BGSU students, faculty and staff to express their gratitude for donors and the positive, daily impact of philanthropic gifts on campus. Featured were student performers from the recent cast of Chicago, and Revamped Duo, the dueling violin twosome of students Sally Williams and Mark Minnich. The dinner was prepared and served by Mancy Brothers’ Catering. 

Invited were more than 1,400 donors and friends who are recognized in the Leadership Circle, a select group who continue to support BGSU with annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Annual giving is an important and consistent form of support for the BGSU Foundation, Inc., which offers hundreds of endowed scholarships to students. 

The gala also showcased those extraordinary individuals who have built a lasting legacy at the University by giving $100,000 or more in their lifetimes, a level that is also recognized as the Benefactors Society of The Presidents Club. More than 150 individuals and couples have invested in BGSU at that level and above. Also highlighted were those who give $250,000 or more, as recognized in the Jerome Society of The Presidents Club; $500,000 or more, as the Prout Society of The Presidents Club; and $1 million or more, as the Williams Society of The Presidents Club. 

“We are delighted to recognize the wide-ranging generosity and sustained commitment of our donors, who are an essential part of BGSU’s educational excellence,” said Peggie Hollingsworth ’71, who helped to plan the event as chair of the stewardship committee of the BGSU Foundation Board of Directors. The committee also includes alumni Christine Hanson Seidman ’61, Diane Tymiak ’79, and Marilyn Fox ’71. 

“This is the beginning of a tradition,” observed Hollingsworth. “I hope the Leadership Circle Gala becomes a memorable occasion that donors will look forward to attending.” 

Learn more about the recent Leadership Circle Gala and this year’s honorees in the fall 2012 edition of BGSU Magazine. Your gift could make a difference in the lives of students through the Leadership Circle. To learn more, visit