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LEC Alumna and Board Member Sue Schoedinger Ellis '59 Pledges Matching Gift for 2023 Giving Day

Lake Erie College board member and distinguished alumna Sue Schoedinger Ellis ’59 has pledged a $10,000 matching gift for this year’s Giving Day. This means that every dollar gifted up to the first $10,000 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by Ellis – essentially doubling the donation the school receives on Giving Day April 28.

All Giving Day proceeds will be counted as income for the ambitious new Now & Forever Campaign announced last fall. The campaign has passed the halfway mark to its fundraising goal of $40 million.

The Now & Forever Campaign represents strategic investment in individual student experiences that are both personal and professional. Campaign proceeds will support student scholarships, faculty projects, athletics, campus life, capital improvements, and more.

It will honor our vibrant past while ensuring the College’s future.

Ellis fondly remembers her undergraduate experiences at LEC. “When I arrived as a junior I was so warmly welcomed by students and faculty – there was such a family feeling, bolstered by evenings spent at the dean’s house, for example,” Ellis said. “Then leaving campus with three of my best friends for the Winter Term Abroad. These memories, as well as those of all the late nights and weekends dedicated to the myriad of projects for coursework, I cherish.”

Ellis observed that, despite the physical changes to the campus as well as student body makeup, the essence of the institution is unchanged – welcoming, inclusive and the feeling of family are still evident.

Ellis has built strong connections to the College. She is a member of the Class of 1959 and received her Masters degree in 1987. She became involved with the Lake County Alumnae Club in 1960.

She has been a member of the College board of directors since 2017, has served on the National Alumni Board since 2013, and is a recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award. Ellis is also a longtime donor who has participated in many special, one-of-a-kind efforts, such as the restoration of the Skinner Organ.

Ellis believes that every gift to Giving Day speaks volumes about the impact Lake Erie College has had on its students.

“By giving of our time, treasure and talent we can assure that Lake Erie College will be here Now and Forever, for generations to have the experiences that we had, but tailored to current societal needs,” Ellis stated.

Giving Day takes place on April 28. Join us in building the College’s bright future! Your participation is as important as the amount given. Please visit lec.edu/giving-day to give what you can toward achieving these important goals.

“As a board member, I would hope that every alumnus/a would give as they recall treasured memories of their education at Lake Erie,” Ellis commented.