Over $320,000 was raised during the Building Excellence Campaign to support various beautification and enhancement projects on campus.
These gifts have supported a number of projects designed to enhance the University’s natural surroundings by complementing the architecture and environment to create a stimulating landscape for learning.
The Lee Graff Foundation
The Building Excellence Campaign was serendipitously opened and closed with the gifting of two exciting new campus sculptures, “Pulse” and "Obelisk”. Ironically both artwork additions were funded by the Campaign’s most remote donor: the Lee Graff Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California.
The fundraising efforts of USC Senior Honorary Fellow Arija Austin of Buderim led to the generous donations from the Lee Graff Foundation.
Foundation trustee Scott Morielli and his family travelled from California to attend the dedication ceremony for Pulse. “It is so impressive to have seen this in person,” Morielli said. “The Lee Graff Foundation is extremely proud to have helped make this work of art a reality for this wonderful campus.”
Although they only finished university within the last nine years, proud graduates gave back to USC’s campaign through the Alumni Native Tree Project.
More than 50 graduates supported the Campaign, and the majority of them donated $250 each to fund new trees along “alumni way” – a pathway that links the main campus with the new Health and Sport Precinct. The project provided a special opportunity for graduates to become involved in the Campaign and leave a legacy on campus.
“This gift was just a small thank you for all the help and support I received when I completed my degree. I never got lost in the crowd at USC,” said Grant Dewberry, who received in MBA in 2006. “USC gave me a strong foundation for my career.”
Tristan Kurz, class of 2004, was one of the first tree donors, and is the alumni representative on the USC Foundation Board. “The Campaign is about all of us making what impact we can for our University.”
“This gift was just a small thank you for all the help and support I received when I completed my degree. I never got lost in the crowd at USC.”