Duke Heritage Society luncheon in Bonita Springs

It was a sunny afternoon and warm gathering of Blue Devil friends and benefactors at the Duke University Office of Gift Planning Heritage Society luncheon at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Florida, on Friday, February 12.  Fellow Heritage Society members George and Susan Krouse were generous and gracious hosts, and the event reflected the same feelings of a “family reunion” of Blue Devil faithful.

Deputy Director of Duke Athletics Tom Coffman joined the Heritage Society luncheon to highlight the recent accomplishments of our students-athletes and programs, as well as the exciting developments underway.  Tom discussed the major upgrades to Wallace Wade Stadium, the new atrium addition to Cameron Indoor Stadium, the addition of naming women’s softball as Duke’s 27th varsity sport, and Duke’s leadership on the ACC Honor Roll once again.

Tom’s presentation, “Athletics: The Front Porch of Duke,” provided a wonderful reminder of all the things that make Duke’s athletic programs stand out from other universities.  It also instills a pride in each of us for our connections to this special place – whether as a student, alumni, parent, or friend.  Watch and share the “Transforming the Athletics Campus” video from the Iron Dukes’ website, shown during Tom’s presentation, to see the future of Duke Athletics facilities.

Duke would not be the internationally renowned institution it is today without the generosity of our alumni and friends.  Thank you for your longstanding commitment to this university.  You help Duke—and our students, faculty, professors, and research—make the world a better place.

We are thankful we could spend time with our Florida friends, and we hope to connect with each of you soon!

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