TRU Foundation theme is on research
Nearly 400 people turned out last week as the Thompson Rivers University Foundation held its annual campaign-kickoff breakfast.
“It went really good,” said Karen Gamracy, director of advancement at Thompson Rivers University.
“It’s about just exposing people to what the foundation is all about and what we do — what our campaign is and the need for private donations.”
This year’s theme is research.
The keynote address was delivered by science professor Wendy Gardner, who spoke about mine reclamation.
Attendees also heard from fourth-year science student Tamara Bandet.
“At TRU, undergraduate students do get the opportunity to do research,” Gamracy said.
“At a lot of universities, they don’t. So, I think the community enjoyed hearing about that.”
The Oct. 18 breakfast was not technically a fundraising event, Gamracy said, but the TRU Foundation was accepting donations.
More than $330,000 was raised at the event, including large donations from the Stollery Foundation, Ron and Rae Fawcett and TB Vets.
Gamracy said the TRU Foundation routinely doles out more than $1 million annually to students. Last year, she said, that number was about $1.25 million.
The TRU Foundation’s next event is an awards presentation in November, followed by its annual gala dinner on Feb. 2.