Mabie Challenge Success Nets Additional $400,000 for Building Project
Thanks to the enthusiastic response of the King Hall community, UC Davis School of Law has successfully completed the first phase of the Mabie Challenge, and the William and Inez Mabie Foundation is set to commit an additional $400,000 to the King Hall Expansion and Renovation project.
Now, efforts are being redoubled to increase alumni participation and complete the final phase of the Challenge. More than 50 King Hall alumni have volunteered to urge their class members to give to the building project and help reach a final goal of 25 percent alumni participation-an achievement that will prompt the Mabie Foundation to commit an additional $100,000.
"We're very happy to have come this far, and now we need to make a final push in order to make sure the Law School is able to take full advantage of the Mabie Challenge and realize the full potential of the project," said Melissa Borrelli '05, who has volunteered to help support the initiative. "The Mabie Foundation is very generously offering to make another major contribution to the building project if we alumni show our support, and we want to encourage everyone to give whatever they can and help us reach our participation goals."
The Mabie Foundation has been a generous supporter of the Law School, pledging more than $2.75 million to name the Mabie Law Library, Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Chair, and William and Inez Mabie Foundation Scholarship. Participation goals for faculty and students have been met, with 100 percent of King Hall professor and deans already supporting the building project, and student participation at more than 84 percent (based on donations from the classes of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). Now, it is hoped that the Mabie Challenge will spur greater alumni participation to reach the final goal and help secure full funding for the renovation phase of the project.
Each phase of the Expansion and Renovation depends upon a combination of state, university, and private funding. While more than $5 million in private support has been raised to date, the Law School and the King Hall community are still working to raise an additional $2.7 million to realize the full potential of the renovation phase, which will begin upon completion of the expansion in May 2010.
"I would like to thank all of our Mabie Challenge volunteers and everyone who has supported the King Hall Expansion and Renovation project as we pass this important milestone," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson. "I know that with the continued support and enthusiasm of the King Hall community, we will meet the Mabie Challenge and take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide our students and faculty with a building that truly reflects our standing among the nation's premiere law schools."
For more information on the Mabie Challenge, please contact Jen Aldridge at email@example.com.
To give now to the King Hall Expansion and Renovation project, please visit our online giving page at https://www.law.ucdavis.edu/giving/.