May 12, 2003 — University of the Virgin Islands athletic director Peter Sauer has donated $5,000 to support scholarships at UVI. Sauer's donation puts him in the University's Ralph Paiewonsky Circle of donors, whose contributions are between $5,000 and $9,999.
"My contribution to the University of the Virgin Islands scholarship fund was in large part because we have a lot of dedicated and hardworking students," Sauer said, quoted in a release. "I see it every day with our student athletes in the athletic department. For me, the best investment that you can make is in people especially students who want to better themselves and their opportunities through education."
"We definitely want to thank Peter Sauer for his generous donation to the University as a member of the UVI family," said Joseph Boschulte, UVI's vice president for institutional advancement. "We hope that Mr. Sauer's generosity will lead other members of the university community, as well as the Virgin Islands community at large, to consider the university as a viable philanthropic cause."
Sauer, who began his tenure as athletic director in 2000, said his donation is a reflection of his respect for UVI and the role the university plays in the community.
"As an employee, it is important for me to give because I see firsthand all of the dedicated employees who get so much done with limited resources. Working here every day, I see the impact that UVI's programs are having on the lives of the students and the many other community organizations that use our facilities and resources. As a citizen of the Virgin Islands I give because UVI is an asset to the community and provides opportunities for those in the community who want to better themselves. I see this as an investment in the greater good of the Virgin Islands," Sauer concluded.
Contributions from generous supporters who find a way to give every year enable the university to make great strides toward excellence in every area and discipline. Unlike most universities on the U.S. mainland, UVI is charged with functioning both as a community college and as a university. This dual function has provided many challenges.
Philanthropic support may take many forms and can be made in several ways: cash, securities, real estate, and personal property. Many corporations offer matching-gift programs that double or triple the value of employee donations. All contributions are valuable, regardless of size, and all gifts offer tax advantages to donors. For information about making a gift to the University of the Virgin Islands, contact Boschulte at 693-1041 or by e-mail.
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