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FAU Hosts Luncheon for Horizon Society Membership

            BOCA RATON, FL (November 10, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University hosted its second annual Horizon Society luncheon to honor its members on Tuesday, October 21 at the Eleanor R. Baldwin House at FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

The Horizon Society, one of the giving societies of the FAU Foundation, Inc., was created exclusively to recognize FAU benefactors who have remembered FAU in their estate or financial plans. Supporting FAU’s academic, research and scholarship programs through deferred giving, Horizon Society members are helping to shape FAU’s future as an institution of higher education. To date, there are close to 70 Horizon Society members.  

            Mary Sue Donohue, an attorney and partner in the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP, is one of the society’s newest members and the first in the professional adviser category. Donohue helps clients who consider philanthropy in their estate planning, as well as provides guidance to those clients who are uncertain where to direct their gifts. Some of Donohue’s efforts have benefited FAU programs and students.

             Cathy Trivigno, a doctoral student in the integrative biology program at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU, inspired Horizon Society members with the story of her personal struggle that began in 2005. Trivigno, a single mother of one, had just started the program when a medical crisis at home demanded her immediate attention. The crisis drained Trivigno of the money she had anticipated to use for academic expenses, leading her to the Foundation for assistance.

Responding to Trivigno’s desperate situation, the Foundation awarded her the David Neil Krinzman Scholarship and the FAU Memorial Scholarship based on financial need. Trivigno continues to receive support from the Foundation through a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships and fellowships. She is a Mildred and Rudy Reis Endowed Scholarship Fund recipient for 2008.  Trivigno is a few months away from earning her degree, and soon will embark on a career as a geneticist in the field of cancer research.  

“I am humbled and bolstered by the generosity of donors who have never even met me,” Trivigno said.   “I hope to return the favor one day and establish an FAU scholarship fund for single mothers.”       

            Serving as host of the event was Jay Browning, assistant vice president of gift planning in FAU’s division of University Advancement. Randy Talbot, senior vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FAU Foundation, spoke on behalf of the Foundation. Closing the program was FAU President Frank T. Brogan ’81, who shared his vision of FAU’s future.                     

To learn more about how to use personal estate or financial plans to benefit FAU, contact Jay Browning at 561-297-2119 or

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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