Dear Members and Friends of the Vergilian Society,
I am writing you with our final fund raising appeal of our 2017-2018 Capital Campaign. First, I would like to offer our sincere gratitude to all who have supported our campaign thus far. Thanks to your generous support, we’ve already been able to achieve many of our goals. With your help, we can do even more.
In 2017-18 we celebrate the 80thanniversary of the Vergilian Society and launch our first ever Capital Campaign. As we reflect upon the Society’s considerable accomplishments over this period, we are heartened by all that you and other members have made possible. Since our founding in 1937 with Amedeo Maiuri as President we have achieved far more than could have been imagined. We have created the Alexander McKay book prize, a secondary school exchange program, a translation contest, two annual symposia along with annual panels at CAMWS and the SCS, our study tours, done extensive repair (2008-2011) to the Villa and subsequently renamed it the Harry Wilks Study Center, and enhanced the role of Vergilius as an important international outlet for scholarship.
We are grateful to those who have supported us in the past. I am asking you to help us face the challenges of the present. Your generous gift now is critical to the continuation of our present ambitious programs and initiatives that you value.
At the moment we are seeing increased occupancy at the Harry Wilks Study Center by high school and university groups. We have increased outreach to Classics, archaeology, music, art, architecture, and geology groups, touting the benefit of using the Wilks Center as their base in Italy. But to keep the Center attractive and accessible for all groups, upgrades and funds are necessary. Specifically, we need donations in these areas:
- Garden furniture including tables and chairs and a gazebo for outdoor seating areas
- New bedroom and common area furnishings
- A fund to support contingent faculty and those without institutional support to participate in symposia
These improvements will benefit the Society’s programs as well as the experiences of teachers, students, and academics who come to study at the Villa. We aim in the coming decades to maintain the low cost for our academic visitors while improving the quality of their experience.
Donations to the Capital Campaign can be made through the link at the bottom of this page. The Vergilian Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.Your financial support has an immediate and direct impact on all the vital work of the Society.
With sincere thanks for your support, which we value at any level,
Steven L. Tuck
Chair, Capital Campaign Committee