NRS turns 45!
On the evening of Thursday, July 12th, RIT's Nathaniel Rochester Society gathered to celebrate the 45th year of the donor recognition society, and to recognize the generous individuals who help make RIT great. More than 250 leadership level donors and RIT's top officers came together in the beautiful Dyer Arts Center on campus to celebrate another great year for the university.
NRS members accounted for more than $11.8 million in gifts to the university in fiscal year 2012, and the average total gift from an NRS member was $20,000. In 2011-2012, there were a total of 570 NRS members.
The evening featured awarding of the NRS Award, the highest recognition of an RIT supporter, to the Gosnell Family. The Gosnell's roots at RIT go back to Ezra Andrews, a founding trustee and president of the Mechanics Institute. The family's support includes establishing 10 named scholarships, foundational support for the RIT Crew team, continued support for the College of Science, and most recently, a $5 million bequest from Georgia Gosnell to name the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences in the College of Science for her late husband and former RIT board chair.
A private album of photos from the evening can be viewed here.