Shattering university fundraising records and setting a new high water mark for Space Coast philanthropy, Florida Tech raised $123.4 million for its Create The Future campaign.
The total was announced at a black-tie gala in April on the Melbourne campus. More than 400 university supporters, alumni and community leaders filled the Clemente Center to celebrate the successful conclusion of the campaign—the most ambitious fundraising effort in Florida Tech’s nearly 60 year history, and the largest effort of its kind ever launched in Brevard County.
“When we first conceived the idea of the $100 million Create The Future campaign, some said that it could not be done,” said Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese. “That such a high-reaching endeavor was too ambitious for a university of our age, our size, our location. That we needed to be 100 years older, thousands of students larger, or located in a major metropolis to fundraise at that level.
“What this campaign has affirmed for us, and demonstrated to others, is that Florida Tech is a university which routinely exceeds expectations,” Catanese added. “With hard work, determination, and careful planning, possibilities arise that would not otherwise exist. We are grateful to our many friends and supporters for making this campaign possible.”