Parents Council Begins Fund-Raising Effort for Library
The Parents Council has set a goal of raising $93,000 from 1,200 donors in its annual campaign to provide books, software, academic journals, and other resources for the Transylvania library. Last year, the group surpassed its 2005 totals by raising $93,107 from 987 donors, according to Lori Burlingham, assistant director of development and coordinator of the Parents Council. The average gift amount also increased over the previous year.
“Tuition and fees cover only 60 percent of the actual cost of a Transylvania student’s education. The rest comes from donations and other sources,” pointed out Rusty Ashcraft, copresident of the Parents Council with his wife, Jennifer. “Our son Russell is a senior accounting major, and we are forever grateful for the comprehensive education that he has received here. That’s why we support the Parents Fund and ask others to join us by making a taxdeductible contribution to make a good library even better.”
Mary Devers, grandmother of John Batts ’92 and Rebecca Devers ’00, echoed the Ashcrafts’ enthusiasm for the Parents Fund. “Rebecca and John’s Transylvania educations have served them well. I started supporting the Parents Fund when John entered the University 14 years ago, and I continue to support it today. You just can’t go wrong with Transy.” In addition to fund-raising, the Parents Council plans programs for students’ families and helps with student recruitment and career development.