Two IU East philanthropists receive IU Foundation Awards

October 24th, 2007

The Indiana University Foundation honored Rob Quigg of Richmond and Danny Danielson of New Castle with two prestigious awards recognizing their dedication to the university. Quigg and Danielson accepted the awards during the Partners in Philanthropy Celebration Dinner at the IU Auditorium on October 18 in Bloomington.

Rob Quigg received the Cornerstone Award which recognizes individuals whose partnership has been instrumental in the success of an Indiana University campaign or a fundraising initiative for a campus, program or school. Quigg was one of four recipients to receive the award this year.

Danny Danielson received the Herman B Wells Visionaries Award. Named after Indiana University’s late president, the award was created to honor individuals with a lifetime commitment to Indiana University, revealing a deep understanding of the power of philanthropy to shape the future of the institution and the determination to see that future realized. Danielson currently serves on the IU East Richmond Board of Advisors. During the Campaign for Community, Danielson served as the advisor for the committee.

“The vision and leadership from these two gentlemen have advanced our ability to serve East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio,” said IU East Interim Chancellor Nasser Paydar. “They truly understand the transformative effect that higher education can have not only on the lives of individual students, but also on companies and communities across our region.”

Quigg provided outstanding service to Indiana University East as the chairman of the successful $2.1 million Campaign for Community in 2005-06. The campaign supported nursing and science laboratories, provided scholarships, established a new Entrepreneurship Center, and created The Gallery in Whitewater Hall, among other achievements. Rob, a member of the IU East Board of Advisors, and his wife, Kelli, opened the campaign by contributing the lead gift, which was followed by a major gift from the Quigg Family Foundation.

Quigg is the treasurer for Richmond Baking in Richmond. He graduated from Indiana University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in history and he also earned a certified public accountant certificate at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 1997.

IU East Chancellor Emeritus David Fulton, who worked with Quigg during the Campaign for Community, praised Quigg’s leadership. “Rob is someone whose roots, and heart, are tied to the community of IU East. And he is someone who can communicate that passion to others in such a way that they want to reach out and contribute the way he does,” Fulton said.

Danielson first came to Indiana University from his hometown in South Dakota and earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The first in his family to attend college, Danielson and his wife, Patty, have volunteered their time for over 50 years for university endeavors, initiatives and leadership roles. In addition to his roles at IU East with the Campaign for Community and as a member of the Board of Advisors, he has been a member of the IU Board of Trustees and IU Foundation Board of Directors. He has received several university honors and awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the President’s Medal of Excellence, and the University Medal.

Indiana University President Emeritus John W. Ryan said Danielson is a superb model of the value of philanthropic sharing for upcoming generations to emulate. “Danny Danielson is a most deserving recipient of this recognition for outstanding philanthropic contributions. He has untiringly devoted himself to the support of Indiana University and other community and health charitable causes,” Ryan said.

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