Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Legacy Society members were treated to an exclusive reception and viewing of the first Chancellor’s Art Exhibit March 3 at the Henderson Administration and Welcome Center on the Daytona Beach Campus.
The Legacy Society members met and mingled with university administrators and artists while enjoying an exhibit from the Beaux Arts of Central Florida. The featured artwork showcased a variety of styles and media from a group of 50 exhibiting artists based in Central Florida.
“We are excited to acknowledge these donors and their generous support of Embry-Riddle,” said Jen Lesshafft, the university’s associate director of donor relations.
Founded in 1998, the Legacy Society recognizes donors who have made a provision for a future gift to Embry-Riddle through a bequest in a will or by naming the university as a beneficiary of a trust, life insurance policy, or retirement plan. Planned gifts may be either unrestricted or designated for a particular university department or program and may be named for one or more individuals.
Among those in attendance was longtime donor Helen Wessel, who got her start as an art teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has given several iconic pieces of art to Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, in addition to supporting arts and communication programs at the university (See more about Wessel in the Spring 2016 issue of Lift magazine).
Legacy Society member Bob Oxley also attended the event. Oxley, faculty emeritus at Embry-Riddle, was a professor and administrator at the university for 36 years. He retired in August 2015. Oxley said he decided to become a legacy donor when he hit his 20-year anniversary at the university. His gift is earmarked for student scholarships.
“I think Embry-Riddle does good things, and I wanted to help. We have good students, and they deserve support.”
“I think Embry-Riddle does good things, and I wanted to help,” Oxley said. “We have good students, and they deserve support.”
Lesshafft said many Legacy Society members share Oxley’s sentiment. “They’re motivated to give by a desire to help students and to ensure Embry-Riddle’s future as a leading institution of higher learning and research. We’re grateful for their dedication and generosity.”
Learn more about making a planned gift to Embry-Riddle. Contact Christopher.Lambert@erau.edu
Melanie Stawicki Azam
Development & Alumni Relations