Dinner at Davidson Celebrates Fifth Successful Year

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Earlier this year, more than 160 members of the Davidson family gathered to celebrate the impact of The Davidson Trust at the 5th annual Dinner at Davidson.

pg10_Dinner-at-DavidsonThis student-led fundraising and awareness effort aims to showcase student achievements that tell the story of diversity on campus and why it matters to our community.

In support of the college’s longstanding commitment to need-blind admission, The Davidson Trust makes it possible for talented students from all backgrounds to imagine coming to Davidson, irrespective of their financial circumstances.

“This is an event about the Davidson community,” said Emily Rapport ’16, chair of Dinner at Davidson. “The Davidson Trust is important because it allows students from diverse backgrounds to build off of each other’s talents in a diverse community, and that makes Davidson distinctive.”

While the money raised from the event for The Davidson Trust scholarship program—$36,500 this year—is a principal goal, the student committee focuses just as much energy on the awareness and understanding components of the event. Another important factor is to illustrate how committed to this effort Davidson students are, whether or not their financial aid packages benefit directly from the program.

“Not only do the students serving on the Dinner at Davidson committee benefit from a one-of-a-kind community,” said Rapport, “we are intentional about giving thanks and contributing to our campus. We express our appreciation for The Davidson Trust in a way that only current students can—by harnessing different talents from within the student body.”

The Dinner at Davidson committee—10 students in the core leadership group who meet weekly plus approximately 15 others who serve on subcommittees—is advised by annual giving staff members Katharine Hubbard Atkins ’05, associate director, and Kate Ceremsak ’12, coordinator.

“Davidson students are pulled in so many different directions, and to see the students’ commitment to something that affects their current experience is really inspiring,” said Atkins. “This is not a typical extracurricular experience; this is truly a labor of love.”

In total, students have raised approximately $175,000 for Dinner at Davidson eponymous scholarship.

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Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland concentrates on development-related stories, and she enjoys making connections with Davidson’s most engaged alumni and friends. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from James Madison University and a master’s in higher education leadership from the University of Arkansas. Thankfully, after seven years working as a Razorback, her red-heavy wardrobe allowed for a smooth transition to life as a Wildcat.

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