Two hundred-twenty donors, friends and alumni of the University of Arizona gathered Jan. 17 at the Arizona Science Center to hear Robert C. Robbins, UA president, present the university’s new strategic direction and celebrate the school’s best fundraising year in history. Donors made the fiscal year 2018 the most philanthropic in UA history, with $317 million raised and the recognition as one of America’s 100 top charities. The UA’s newly adopted strategic plan makes student success a priority.
Marianne Cracchiolo Mago received the Bear Down Award; Steve Hilton, the Professional Achievement Award; and Christine M. Thompson, the Advocacy Award. They were recognized for their advocacy or significant service in promoting education and the needs of the University of Arizona and for professional achievement in their fields.
Following Robbins’ speech, guests were treated to a live immersive basketball experience as they watched the UA team face Oregon on the IMAX screen.
PHOTOS COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FOUNDATION