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Creating The Leanne Van Dyk Voices for Vision Fund   

Members of the Leanne Van Dyk Voices for Vision Fundraising community share the grand total raised for the fund at Dr. Van Dyk’s retirement dinner in May 2022.

The Leanne Van Dyk Voices for Vision Fund was established in March 2022 with a dual purpose – honor retiring President, Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, and provide an endowed fund to ensure a secure future for The Columbia Conferences. 

Florida Ellis, Board of Trustees member, led a committee comprised of

Jane Fahey ’01, Heidi Gleason, David Huffine, Martha Moore-Keish, Kathy Reed ’07, Mitzi Smith, Todd Speed ’93, and Valrie Thompson went to work contacting friends and supporters of Columbia seminary. The goal was to raise somewhere between $300,000 and $400,000 by May 16, the date of President Van Dyk’s retirement celebration. 

On the night of the retirement celebration, Ellis announced that a grand total of $506,932 was raised to honor President Van Dyk and ensure the future of The Columbia Conferences.