In 2015, Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) became the first member of the Chancellor’s Circle - the University’s recognition society - to surpass lifetime contributions of $50 million.
At the Chancellor’s Dinner on 30 September 2015, AMRF received a very special thank you for its outstanding contribution to medical and health research, with verbal and written testaments, including the addition of a new citation in the Book of Recognition.
Pictured, from left: Noel Davies , AMRF Executive Director Kim McWilliams, President Jeff Todd, Professor Peter Browett, Professor Peter Thorne, Peter Goodfellow and Christine Ding.
Each year, individuals and organisations are inducted to one of three societies of the Chancellor’s Circle, to recognise their cumulative gifts ranging from $100,000 to over $5 million. AMRF is a founding member of the Chancellor’s Circle. A further 14 members were inducted in 2015.
The Chancellor’s Dinner is one of the most prestigious occasions in the University’s calendar. It celebrates the immense generosity of leading philanthropic supporters.
Professor Jenny Dixon, Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) set the scene for the evening. “To those guests joining this annual celebration for the first time, I offer the warmest of welcomes, to those who are returning, we are delighted to see you back. Thank you all for your generous philanthropy, which we honour here tonight.
“From major investments in cutting edge research through to hardship awards for struggling students, the range and depth of your giving is supporting all that we do. Without your help, many advances would not have been possible; with it your University is thriving.”
At 2015’s Chancellor’s Dinner, 14 inductees were presented and recognised, with tributes paid to each by two young students. Their thanks to all of the donors who were present, and personal thanks to those who had funded scholarships, were heartfelt and heart-warming.
The outstanding level of philanthropic support received from AMRF in its 60th Anniversary year was acknowledged in a very special recognition moment led by Chancellor Dr Ian Parton, who presented a framed citation and invited Jeff Todd, AMRF’s President to speak.
At the close of formalities, Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon said: “I would also like to add my personal message of gratitude to the Auckland Medical Research Foundation for their wonderful and sustained support of our critical research work. $50 million is an extraordinary milestone, and all of it has gone to support medical research of great value to New Zealand and the world.”
It was a privilege for the University of Auckland to show its deep appreciation of AMRF; to thank its President, trustees, staff and supporters, and to celebrate its transformative leadership.