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May 11, 2004

University of Michigan to kick off billion-plus fund-raising campaign: The Michigan Difference

DATE: Friday, May 14, 2004

EVENT: University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman will kick off the Michigan Difference, the largest fund-raising campaign in the University’s history, and announce the fund-raising goal, at an hour-long program for alumni, friends and donors. Also during the kickoff, schools and colleges from around the University will host more than 90 events May 12-15 to mark the official start of the campaign and showcase programs that will be supported by donor giving. The events are anticipated to draw 1,000 attendees.

Gifts received as the result of the campaign will support scholarships, endowed professorships, academic programs, facilities and other projects. The campaign goal will exceed the $1.4 billion raised during the last campaign, which concluded in 1997.

TIME: Noon-1 p.m.

PLACE: Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington, Ann Arbor

RSVP required: Reporters planning to attend the kick-off should contact:

Nancy Connell, (734) 764-7260, nconnell@umich.edu

Laura Lessnau, (734) 647-1851, llessnau@umich.edu

Contact: Nancy E. Connell
Phone: (734) 764-7260
Email: nconnell@umich.edu