Permanent Lifetime Donor Display Installed at Muhlenberg
Lifetime Giving Society plaques are installed
in the Haas College Center rotunda
May 19, 2009
The Muhlenberg College Lifetime Giving Society recognition display has finally found its rightful place on campus. These handsome plaques, which were unveiled on temporary standards at the second annual Lifetime Giving Society dinner as part of the January Board of Trustees weekend, were installed in the rotunda of the Haas College Center this spring and flank the entrance to the first floor Office of Development and Alumni Relations suite.
The Lifetime Giving Society boasts more than 250 members, including alumni, parents, friends, foundations, corporations, organizations and churches, and was created “in recognition of these friends and benefactors who are committed to the same philosophies and ideals as the founders and who, through their foresight and generosity, seek to ensure that the highest quality of education will be available for future generations,” as is listed on the head piece of each plaque display.
“The Society is comprised of four giving circles, each named for an important member of the Muhlenberg family:
The Anna Maria Weiser Muhlenberg Circle honors cumulative lifetime giving of $100,000 to $249,999. Named after the wife of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the founding circle recognizes the important role Anna Maria played in his life and the lives of their children as well as her contributions to the family.
The Henry Ernst Muhlenberg Circle honors cumulative lifetime giving of $250,000 to $499,999. Henry Ernst Muhlenberg was the youngest of the three Muhlenberg sons, and in addition to being a Lutheran minister like his brothers, he was also a self-taught botanist who was personally responsible for the names of 150 species of plants as well as the bog turtle. Henry was the first president of Franklin College (now Franklin & Marshall).
The Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg Circle honors cumulative lifetime giving of $500,000 to $999,999. Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg was elected to the Continental Congress in 1779 and subsequently served as the speaker of the first and third U.S. House of Representatives.
The John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg Circle honors cumulative lifetime giving of $1,000,000 and above. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg was commissioned a brigadier general in the Continental Army and wintered at Valley Forge with George Washington. The statue of him on Muhlenberg’s campus, affectionately known as General Pete, makes him easily the most recognizable of the three Muhlenberg sons.
Lifetime Giving Society members, as well as students, parents, faculty, staff, community members and visitors are encouraged to visit the Haas College Center to view the plaques in person. For more information, please contact Erin E. Cooney, Donor Relations Manager, at 484-664-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.