On Elihu Day, Students Gather in Gratitude

Yale College students celebrate Elihu Day on Cross Campus.

In what has become a lively campus tradition, hundreds of students picked up their pens to thank donors on Yale’s fourth annual Elihu Day. Sponsored by the Yale Alumni Fund, the event was held on October 15, 2014, at stations across Yale’s campus.

Students enjoyed unseasonably warm weather—as well as cider and doughnuts—at tents and tables where they were able to write their messages of thanks. Many shared personal stories, and all conveyed their deep appreciation for donors who support financial aid, the faculty, programs, student life, and the historic campus. In total, students completed 1,086 thank-you cards, which will be mailed to Alumni Fund donors.

This year’s participants included students from Yale College, the Graduate School, and the schools of Management, Divinity, Medicine, Music, and Public Health. “I cannot fathom how different my life would have been had I not received your support and help,” wrote one student in her card to an Alumni Fund donor. “Yale has changed me, inspired me, taught me, and trained me to be a better person than I could ever be without it. Thank you so much for making all of this possible for me!”

Elihu Day is named for Elihu Yale, the benefactor who in 1718 gave nine bales of goods, some books, and a portrait of King George I to what was then known as the Collegiate School. Today, his legacy of giving is carried on by the alumni, parents, and friends who support the Yale Alumni Fund.

For more information on Elihu Day, its namesake, and the impact of giving to the Yale Alumni Fund, please visit http://doyouelihu.yale.edu.

(October 23, 2014)

October 23, 2014