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Alumni Fundraising Efforts Continuing to Make Progress

The alumni donations continue to come in to help sponsor rooms in the Patient Care Center. Currently around 170 alumni of the college have donated so far.  In total almost $450,000 has been pledged.  This will help to fund several examination rooms in the Patient Care Center. 

The most common donation is $1,000 pledged over a period of 5 years or $200 per year.  Four alumni including, Vinita Henry ’85, Barbara Brown ’88, Ann Laurenzi Jones ’98, and David Hoel ’98 have individually sponsored rooms.  Two faculty and several members of the fund-raising committee have also sponsored rooms.  A large “Giving Board” which is updated regularly is hanging in the reception area of the Patient Care Center. (see below)  The board provides the donor’s name, amount given, and lists donations by class. 

Several classes have also donated enough to sponsor a room. 

At the Heart of America reception (Friday, February 10th from 7:30 – 8:30 in the Van Horn A & B rooms), a mock-up of the Giving Board will be present and there will be opportunities to donate during the reception and at the UMSL Optometry booth in the exhibit hall.  Those wanting to donate can also do so online by following these simple steps:  

1)    Click “Give” at the top of the home page

2)    Click “Where to Give” at the top of the page

3)    Click “Colleges and Schools”

4)    Click “College of Optometry”

5)    Click “Patient Care Center Building”

For any alumni or corporate friends interested in donating to the Patient Care Center you may also contact Ed Bennett at ( or Barbara Brown at (

The College of Optometry wants to express our sincere appreciation to all of our alumni and friends who have donated to the Patient Care Center. Your donation is helping to enhance the clinical education of our present and future students. 

Alumni are encouraged to stop by the Patient Care Center and take a tour of the facility.  


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