The public launch of the UMass Rising fundraising campaign took place on April 27, 2013 at a festive kickoff dinner celebration on campus. About 300 people joined us at dinner in the university’s beautifully-transformed Recreation Center. View a gallery of photos here.
Following a stroll up the specially-placed red carpet, guests were greeted by Sam the Minuteman who posed with them for fun photographs. UMass students provided musical accompaniment for the cocktail hour after which the Minuteman Marching Band ushered guests in to dinner. NASA astronaut Cady Coleman ‘91PhD and prominent attorney Ken Feinberg ’67 acted as emcees for the evening which offered a program of heartfelt speeches, music, and a theatrical take on UMass Amherst’s history.