Harrisburg campus kicks off ‘The Campaign for Widener’
Public Relations - Published: January 24, 2011
Taking the Lead: The Campaign for Widener rolled onto the Harrisburg campus on Saturday night with a kickoff gala that celebrated the campus’ success and its potential for the future.

“Our School of Law has wonderful momentum and I’m very excited when I think the best is yet to come,” Widener University President James T. Harris III said.

The party, attended by about 100 people, was held in the Main Law Building space affectionately known by students as “The Pit.” Transformed with extensive draping, soft candlelight and regal flower arrangements the event had an elegant, celebratory atmosphere.

The gala marked the start of the public phase of the campaign, which has a $12 million fund-raising goal for the School of Law. To date, Law Dean Linda L. Ammons told the crowd, more than $7 million has already been raised. The campaign will support endowment, special projects, capital projects and the annual fund.

The campaign got a nice boost Saturday when Harrisburg campus alumnus Douglas M. Wolfberg ’96, who has agreed to serve as chairman of the Harrisburg campaign sub-committee, pledged a $50,000 gift. Wolfberg, a member of the school’s Board of Overseers, spoke to the crowd about the respect a Widener Law education has grown to mean in the community. He lauded the quality of the Widener faculty and noted gifts and donations to the school benefit all students by their ability to affect the cost of a Widener education.

“It is critical to all students that the campaign succeed,” he said.

Ammons said she is amazed at the progress of Widener Law just since she first arrived in 2006. “Thank you all for your contributions to the campaign, and for what you will all do in the future.”

The Delaware campus will hold its kickoff gala on Saturday, Jan. 29.