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The Award-Winning Class of 1961
The sold-out crowd in Stanford Stadium gave a thunderous round of applause for members of the Class of 1961, as they joined in the Stanford tradition of marking the 50th reunion with a halftime celebration on the football field. Among those enjoying the moment was Jim Flood, '61, who had spent the past year encouraging his classmates to take part in another Stanford tradition: giving back to the university.
Flood served as co-chair of his 50th reunion campaign along with classmates Linda Clever and Hort Shapiro. Additional campaign leadership came from Participation Co-Chairs Coeta Chambers and Jessica Niblo; Planned Giving Chair Rich Guggenhime; and Honorary Co-Chairs Dan Emmett, Linda Meier, and Victoria Sant.
Their overall fundraising goal of $27.5 million was "a real challenge," according to Flood. "We weren’t sure we could get there, but we did, and it really was a team effort we could feel good about." When the campaign ended on December 31, the class had raised more than $29.2 million for a range of programs at Stanford. They also claimed the 2011 Wilbur-Reynolds Cup, a trophy awarded annually to the class with the highest participation in a reunion campaign.
Flood directed his own pledge of $250,000 to one of Stanford's highest fundraising priorities: undergraduate scholarships. He split it evenly between two annual funds, The Stanford Fund and the Buck/Cardinal Fund (in athletics), each of which plays a vital part in Stanford's ability to provide scholarships to about half of the undergraduate population. With gifts of $25,000 per year to both funds, Flood established individual scholarships in each, which will give him the opportunity to get to know the student recipients. A respected leader in the San Francisco business community, Flood views scholarships as good investments. "Your return is not a dividend," he says, "it's seeing these students do well."