PUBLISHED:June 12, 2015

Students deliver message of gratitude during Thank-a-Thon

A group of Duke Law students that called alumni to express thanks for their supportA few days before graduation, 24 students came together to express their gratitude to those who have donated to the Law School.

On May 5 and 6, the students made calls to over 400 donors to thank them for their generous contributions to the Annual Fund, the Duke Legal Clinics, scholarships, professorships, fellowships, lectures, and special programming.

Kathryn Betts ’16 returned to volunteer as a team leader and said she enjoyed talking with alumni and having the opportunity to express her appreciation: “They are interested in Duke Law and what you are doing this summer and with your career.” 

The students noted donors’ history of giving and participation in March Matchness Challenge, a campaign inspired by the basketball tournament, which surpassed goals and welcomed many new donors to the giving community.  

Marcus Benning ’17, who volunteered for the first time this year and served as a team leader, said the experience encouraged him to consider how he might be able to help others. “The Thank-a-Thon gets current students, like myself, thinking about giving,” he said. “It allows me to begin to reflect about what I would like to preserve through my giving in the future.”

Thank-a-Thon team leaders were Benning, Betts, 3L Jana Kovich, 2Ls Brianna McRae, and 1Ls Christine Umeh and Gabrielle Lucero. Other volunteers included 3Ls Karlee Blank, Christopher Grice, and Brett Schroeder; 2Ls Kyle Jaep, Jyoti Jindal, Nicholas Kitzman; and 1Ls Jessica Christensen, Glenda Dieuveille, Ocoszio Jackson, Amelia Krolak, Jasmin Lott, Rose McKinley, Lauren Myers, Zachary Perron, Daniel Stockton, Stephen Tagert, Christian Vazquez, and Sarah Williamson.