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Tower Shines to Celebrate Campaign for Texas

The Tower will be ablaze in orange tonight (with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.) to celebrate the record-breaking success of The Campaign for Texas, which raised $3.1 billion. Hook ’em!

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The Tower will be ablaze in orange tonight to celebrate the record-breaking success of The Campaign for Texas. The eight-year fundraising effort concluded Aug. 31, topping its $3 billion goal by $120 million. Fireworks will commence around 8:30 p.m.

The $862 million that The University of Texas at Austin raised in the campaign’s final year is believed to set a new single-year record for higher-education fundraising in the state. Gifts to the eight-year campaign came from all 50 states and 97 countries.

“My heart is filled with thanks for every member of the Longhorn family individuals, foundations, associations and corporations who helped us,” said UT President Bill Powers in August.

The campaign, which drew more than 270,000 donors of gifts small and large, fueled a campus building boom and an influx of student and faculty talent. The campaign also raised money for pioneering research into matters ranging from the microscopic  designing cancer-fighting nanoparticles  to the vast  building the largest map of the universe ever created.

For more information about the Campaign for Texas, click on the graphic below.