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Some of Penn’s most generous annual giving contributors proudly showed their Quaker spirit at the Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS) Breakfast, held on November 7, 2015, the Saturday of Homecoming Weekend, at Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall. An energetic crowd of 540 alumni, parents, and friends gathered for the event, which celebrates Penn’s leadership annual giving donors.
John Zeller, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, welcomed the BFS members and thanked them for their important role in making 2014-15 a record-breaking year for annual giving across Penn’s schools and centers. He introduced Julie Beren Platt, C’79, President of Penn Alumni and a University Trustee, who explained the impact of BFS members’ collective support: “So many great things are happening at Penn, in good part because of your engagement and support as members of the Benjamin Franklin Society. Your leadership annual giving to all of Penn’s schools and centers helps give the University the resources and flexibility to make the Penn experience absolutely second to none. Thank you for making this possible!”
Creative as well as generous, BFS members shared the reasons for their philanthropic support in innovative ways at the breakfast. Some guests posed for photos while holding a sign on which they had completed the sentence, “I give to Penn because…” Pictures were posted to @PennBFS Instagram as well as other social media outlets with the hashtags #BFSHC15 and #PENNHW. Other attendees explained the inspiration behind their philanthropy in brief film clips, and some enthusiastic BFS members created both photos and videos. After a rousing performance from the Penn Band, BFS members donned their “Beat Princeton” buttons and left Houston Hall for Franklin Field, where they cheered the Quakers on to a thrilling overtime win.