Gifts in Action

Pascoe Memorial Fund Helps Cats in Need

Published Date:May 5, 2009

In memory of their beloved cat, Pascoe, Harris and Lynn Hatcher of Springfield, Ill., have created a fund to assist patients who don't have the means to pay for emergency veterinary care.

The Hatchers' experience with Pascoe, and with the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, inspired them to help pet owners in need.  Six-year old Pascoe was diagnosed with advanced stage cancer involving multiple organs.  The Hatchers opted for an experimental surgery, the only course of action that could have saved their cat.

The Pascoe Memorial Fund will ensure that other cat owners with financial need will be able to take advantage of the full range of available treatment options.  The fund will eventually grow to more than $50,000.

Published Date: May 5, 2009

Class of 1988 Gives Back

Published Date:May 1, 2009

At their 2008 reunion, the Class of 1988 presented the College with an endowment fund of nearly $70,000.  The amount was nearly twice the previous high donation for a class gift.

"We wanted to give something back to reflect our own very positive and rewarding experience," says Dr. Susan Anway.

The closeness of the Class of 1988 was another significant factor in their interest to contribute to a class gift.  The bonds that were formed during their years as students have remained strong to this day, with nearly two-thirds of the classmates having attended the 20-year reunion.

Published Date: May 1, 2009

Passion for Animals Motivates Gifts

Published Date:May 1, 2009

A lifelong love of both wild and domestic animals motivated Dr. Robert and Mrs. Alice Henry of Macomb, Ill., to create an endownment in support of the Wildlife Medical Clinic and the Humane Connection fund at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The Henrys decided that establishing an endowment was a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and an institution they trust.  They chose the University of Illinois because it has a great reputation and because they wanted to keep their contribution within the state, to maximize the benefit for local animals and pet owners. 

They would like their gift to inspire others who share their passion for animals so that more animals might beneift.

Published Date: May 1, 2009