Helen Hendee, who founded the alumni relations, annual giving, and major gifts programs at Augusta State University, has received a special recognition from the Summerville Alumni Societies.
The societies, which represent Georgia Regents University alums from the College of Education, Hull College of Business, Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the College of Science and Mathematics, presented a $20,000 donation to the Helen Hendee Endowment fund at their board meeting on Sept. 4.
“I personally cannot think of a person more deserving of this,” said GRU Alumni Association President Adam Williams. “Helen devoted herself to supporting alums, and she always realized how important they were to the university. She called it ‘friendraising,’ because her passion for fundraising was more about the relationships she developed than the money she raised. This gift is just a small way for us to recognize her significant contributions and show her just how much we appreciate her dedicating so much of her life to us.”
In her time at the university, Hendee grew alumni events and participation, including the annual Alumni Barbecue, which raises money for student scholarships. Additionally, the A Day Campaign, which supported the university’s annual fund, increased from an annual total of $182,000 to more than $700,000 each year, and under Hendee’s leadership, staff and faculty contributed more than $2 million back to the university. Collectively, the A Day for ASU campaign raised more than $8 million for the university.