Lasell College Receives $1 Million Challenge Grant

Lasell College Receives $1 Million Challenge Grant

May 17, 2011

Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander today announced a challenge grant made by Robert Arnow, Lasell Village Trustee, benefactor, and husband of the late Joan Weiler Arnow'49, a former Trustee. Arnow has pledged to donate $1 million to the College's $10 million Bridge to the Future Campaign if $2.8 million is raised by the end of the campaign.

Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle ‘36/H'96, a trustee and longtime supporter, immediately responded to Arnow's challenge by donating $25,000.

A three-year campaign, Bridge to the Future will allocate $5 million to the Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 Center for the Creative and Applied Arts as well as other major construction projects, $2 million to the annual fund, and $3 million to the College's endowment. In addition, this new gift will help fund the creation of a courtyard connecting the Arnow Campus Center, the Donahue Center and the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, making the dream of an Arts Quad at Lasell a reality.

To date, the Bridge to the Future initiative has generated more than $6.2 million, which represents 62% of the overall campaign goal.

According to President Alexander, the Arnow's have provided financial support and guidance to Lasell for many years. "Like Joan, Bob Arnow is a trusted advisor, a generous donor, and a good friend to the College. He is a real champion of Lasell College, our mission and programs. We are so appreciative of his generosity and his leadership."

Joan and Bob Arnow's gifts to Lasell include the Joan Weiler Arnow and Robert H. Arnow Professorship, a rotating endowed faculty chair chosen every three years, and a scholarship fund, as well as a major contribution to the Winslow Academic Center. In 2003, Bob Arnow established a $1 million challenge grant to help build the Joan Weiler Arnow Campus Center.

Adelaide Van Winkle, who is celebrating her 75th reunion this year, is always among the first alums to participate in the College's fundraising efforts. Her previous gifts and involvement in the College include serving as a long-time trustee and offering a special planned gift to the College, which culminated in the naming of Van Winkle Residence Hall. In 2008 she also offered a $150,000 Van Winkle/Lasell Fund Challenge.