As we reflect on 2019, we celebrate another milestone year for the MCG Foundation. If you are reading this, you were a tremendous part of the great work we were able to accomplish for the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta University as a whole. Looking at this past year by the numbers, we thank you and all our donors for allowing us to:
- Award $2,025,678 in scholarships to deserving students
- Provide $600,000 to improve and add to the Central Square area for parking to help replace the spaces lost to the new College of Science and Mathematics Building
- Promise funding of $975,000 to the MD/PHP scholarships and the Stoney Scholarship for 2019-20
- Direct $2,503,336 to support chairs at MCG and our other health sciences colleges
- Create 15 new funds, totaling $2,457,905 in gifts to the foundation
These are just a few noteworthy accomplishments from this past year. We also held our first Paceline ride last May, raising more than $200,000 for the Georgia Cancer Center. Virtual riders supported the movement along with actual riders who took to the streets of Augusta with a goal to “Cure Cancer Faster.” We look forward to Paceline 2020 on May 29-30 and welcome your participation and any support you can offer.
Real estate continues to be a focus for the foundation as we explore opportunities to optimize our properties, including the Central Square shopping center donated by the late George Weiss. This year, we converted the property temporarily to parking space for Augusta University, with long-term plans to develop this land into a gateway for the university and medical district.
Lastly, we marked one year in our new offices at Sutherland Mill and continue to enjoy a strong relationship with our neighbors at the Community Foundation.
I believe the hard work we are undertaking today will be reflected in the value of every future MCG diploma, and in the loyalty of each future alumnus. Our efforts also reflect the dedication and hard work of those who laid the groundwork for our success by establishing the Medical College of Georgia Foundation more than 65 years ago. What a shining testament our progress is to their vision!
It has been a profound honor to oversee this initiative for the past two years, and I look forward to our future growth. The sky is the limit!
J. Ben Deal, DMD
MCG School of Dentistry, Class of 1974
Chairman of the Board, MCG Foundation