Wilkes-Barre, Pa., June 26, 2022—King’s College announced the public launch of its $50 million comprehensive campaign, Send Us Forth: The Campaign for King’s College, at a special celebration event held this past weekend.
The event welcomed generous benefactors to campus who have recently and consistently supported the College. Hosted by King’s College president Rev. Thomas P. Looney, C.S.C., Ph.D., the evening’s program featured remarks from Freddie Pettit ’96, vice president for Institutional Advancement, campaign leadership, as well as several students explaining the mission and purpose of Send Us Forth. The campaign is built around priorities that focus on affordability for students, student engagement and success, campus and programming enhancements, and affirming the College’s commitment to its Holy Cross values.
“This phase of the campaign begins at a pivotal moment in our institution’s evolution,” said Fr. Looney. “It seeks to call our community to action in support of initiatives that will benefit every King’s student. Looking toward our future, now is a critical time to strengthen our resources for the next generation of Monarchs.”
Comprehensive campaigns take several years to develop before their public launch as they incorporate several priorities within a single, integrated fundraising effort. This is the largest comprehensive campaign in the College’s history, and, to date, has successfully raised more than 62% of its $50 million goal through private support during the quiet phase that began in 2018.
The campaign leadership committee—co-chaired by Timothy J. Morris ’64 and David A. Schankweiler ’81—includes 25 valued alumni and friends of the College who have worked together in preparing for the public phase.
“A comprehensive campaign is a considerable undertaking,” said Pettit. “Our leadership committee, our team, and our campus community have done remarkable work getting us to this point. Send Us Forth is action-oriented, aspirational, future-focused, and rooted in faith. Its spirit reflects our growth and transformation since our founding 75 years ago, and we are grateful for the many generous donors, past and future, who will make this campaign, and King’s College, a success.”