On Saturday, October 26th, a celebratory planting event was held for the culmination of Phase One of the Daemen College 100 Tree Challenge. Dr. Brenda Young, Daemen’s Director of Global and Local Sustainability, led a team of Daemen students, alumni,Trustees, faculty, staff as well as almost 100 volunteers from Re-Tree Western New York (WNY), to plant 110 mature trees in less than four hours.
The initiative was designed to dramatically enhance the College’s frontage from Getzville Road to Campus Drive. The event also marked the completion of a very successful fundraising campaign for the College, as nearly 300 donors contributed almost $40,000 to make the project a success.
President Gary A.Olson stated: “The Daemen College 100 Tree Challenge has been met. Thanks to Paul Maurer, Chairman of Re-Tree WNY and a host of generous Daemen faculty, staff, alumni, Trustees, and private donors, Daemen’s campus has been transformed into a park-like environment for our students and the Amherst community.
Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Dr. Richanne C. Mankey paid further tribute to those who made this historic campus beautification project a reality: “The Daemen family and anonymous private sector donors have made this green space beautification project a reality. I cannot think of a better gift to the environment, our students or our neighbors in the Town of Amherst.”