November 1, 2016
Biola University hosted its fourteenth Campaign National Tour Event in the Arts District of Denver, Colorado.
On October 22, a group of alumni, parents, and friends of Biola met at the Artwork Network, a community art gallery and event space, to connect with President Barry H. Corey and to learn more about “ A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University”, the $180 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.
Event attendees enjoyed a time of hors d’oeuvres and connecting with other Biola alumni and parents at the start of the evening. Rick Bee, Senior Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, opened the time by sharing about Biola’s connection to the city of Denver and the over 1500 alumni that live in the state of Colorado.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Chris Grace, Director of the Center for Marriage and Relationships at Biola University. Dr. Grace shared about the vision of Biola’s newest center and the tremendous growth of the program. “Last year we grew from ministering face-to-face to 2,500+ people our first year to serving over 5,000 individuals and couples.” shared Grace. “We plan to do even more in 2017. In February, we will launch our first-ever Neighbor Love Marriage Conference in partnership with 5 local Detroit churches to host a weekend marriage conference for low-income couples who have the highest rates of divorce, but have the least amount of resources financially and otherwise to get the help they need for their marriages/families to thrive.” Dr. Grace encouraged the audience to continue to pray for the Center’s efforts and to consider attending one of the upcoming events or conferences.
After Dr. Grace’s presentation on the Center for Marriage and Relationships, President Barry H. Corey briefly introduced guests to the details of the comprehensive fundraising campaign, including the focus on both student affordability and the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health.
“In Biola’s 108 year history, over 65,000 men and women have been educated to be voices of conviction and courage in laboratories, film sets, art studios, startups, Fortune 500s, church plants, Congressional halls, operating rooms and science laboratories.” Corey added, “This campaign is all about the impact of our students and alumni. We are building a better Biola for them, in order for them to go out and impact the world for Jesus Christ.”
Corey also announced the exciting news that The Campaign for Biola University had reached a total of $179.4 million committed to the campaign. “We are seeing a lot of momentum, and we are on a good track to reach the finish line,” Corey said.
At the close of the event, guests were invited to support The Campaign for Biola University. Thanks to the support of those in attendance, over $38,000 was given at the event to support Biola’s bold vision for the future. To date, the Campaign National Tour has raised over $700,000 from events and subsequent gifts by attendees.
The Campaign National Tour will continue on to its next stop in Los Angeles on November 5th and then arrive at its final stop on November 12. For more information about the tour and future events, visit giving.biola.edu/nationaltour/.
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