Vision 70: An Investment in Our Future
The Campaign for Delta Beta
December 31, 2017
A mailing to all alumni dropped two weeks ago. A copy of the official IRS letter, recognizing the George Brown Foundation as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, specifically chartered as an historic preservation and scholastic awarding alumni organization.
We hope you will join 59 other Delta Beta Alumni in supporting the campaign.
Pledged and contributed to date: $425,300.
November 1, 2017
Bill Stephenson IV'90, an alumnus of our College of New Jersey chapter stopped by the house and met our Chapter President Connor Kitchens '18.
The New Jersey alumnus and resident of Boca Ratan, FL was so impressed with the hospitality he received at Delta Beta, he made a $2,500 contribution to the campaign. In his note to Wesley Wicker, campaign director for Delta Beta, Brother Stephenson challenged all Delta Beta alumni to get behind the renovation plans and support the campaign.
"I was thoroughly impressed with the undergraduate brothers of the chapter," Stephenson wrote. "They deserve a better house than what they inherited. This is an outstanding group of young men, and I believe the remodeling plans will go a long way in making the chapter house as impressive as the brothers who live there."
August 17, 2017
The Vision 70 Campaign got a big boost on August 17th when the undergraduate chapter president announced that the brothers have pledged $50,000 to the campaign, paid through a dues increase over the next five years. Several alumni who attended the event at the home of Brian Beckwith '92, made commitments to match the undergraduates. The campaign commitments totalled $100,000 in one night!
We now count $421,450 committed towards our $1.5 million goal. We seek to undertake a major restoration of our historic home at 645 South Milledge Avenue. The plans include razing the back side of the house, rebuilding the ballroom, kitchen, basement and living quarters. The original house will remain in tact.
To date 49 alumni have pledged in the early phase of our campaign. We are asking you to join us in this campaign. It is the first major fundraising event in Delta Beta’s 68-year history. We’re calling it “Vision 70: An Investment in Our Future.” Since the chapter will turn seventy years old in 2019, we’re launching the campaign now with the plan to hit the goal and begin construction on the chapter’s 70th Anniversary.
You’ll see that our alumni leadership has carefully planned this campaign after implementing a Strategic Plan, a Restoration and Reconstruction plan, a market study, and a campaign plan. The plan for our work to benefit the chapter can be found here:
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The Case for Support
Our historic chapter house is now 112 years old, and has served more than 1,000 Theta Chis since our purchase of the home in 1961. And, we weren’t the first fraternity to live there! Decades of alumni leaders and undergraduate members have discussed a major capital project, but this is the first time a campaign of this magnitude has been attempted. The question is: “Can we count on you to step up and lead?”
The Vision 70 Presentation will show you that the Alumni Corporation has completed extensive planning and preparation work. If you have any questions about the plans or the campaign, please contact: Wes Wicker at 404-213-4446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henry Bell ’89 Douglas Allen ‘90
President, Delta Beta Campaign Chairman
Alumni of Theta Chi, Inc. Former National President