Duck Pond Gift Info

Pond renovations will include a gazebo for small gatherings.Why this effort?

For many alumni, the duck pond is the very heart of campus. For decades, countless students have gathered along the banks and pondered their futures, pledge their love, share pithy thoughts, ratted, relaxed, demonstrated, pranked, crammed, cavorted, and celebrated life. We cannot imagine an Emory & Henry without its duck pond. That’s why the College’s Board of Trustees has directed that it be rebuilt as soon as possible in a way that ensures it will last decades into the future.

Why now?

The duck pond’s current condition is dire. Built in 1950, the walls of the pond’s basin are starting to collapse. Silt from the eroding banks of the incoming stream is promoting out-of-control aquatic growth on the pond’s floor. And, on several occasions in recent years, leaks have unexpectedly drained the pond. The 2016 repair was only projected to last 12-18 months.

What will it take to do the job?

$600,000 in contributions is needed to completely rebuild the pond basin while augmenting the duck pond with a beautiful pavilion with gazebo. Also, the moving story of Emory & Henry’s beginning will be told at a Founders Plaza to be constructed on the foundation of the pump house at the very site of the springs that caused the College to be located on grounds it occupies today. A pedestrian bridge over the adjacent creek, brick paver paths, handicapped accessibility, landscaping, and lighting will round out the project, complementing the beauty with utility, thereby creating an enchanting and most attractive space.

Create your own duck pond legacy!

A gazebo will be added as part of the duck pond renovation.Given the extraordinary connection that most all E&H alumni have with this iconic place, the College is encouraging donors to associate their names (or those they wish to honor or remember) with the duck pond in a tangible way. Brick pavers can be inscribed with names and memories in exchange for a gift to the duck pond. What a wonderful way to associate your name with is special place in an enduring manner. Or, perhaps, you may wish to remember a favorite faculty member, grandchildren, or a family name that has seen multiple generations attend Emory & Henry. Pavers may also carry the names of organizations and businesses. Consider the possibilities!

Leave a Memory at the Pond

Example of a personalized brick for the duck pond renovation project.For donations of $150 to $2500, the College offers the option to inscribe a name and/or message on a brick paver as described here. Your message may be to honor a beloved professor or staff member, commemorate class years, proclaim the names of grandchildren, and more. Please contact the College’s Advancement Office if you have any questions. Our phone number is 276-944-6119.

Most other naming opportunities (benches, plazas, etc.) have been claimed, but if you’d like more information, contact the Advancement Office.

For a gift of $150 or more, you may place a 4”x8” clay brick at the duck pond.

For a gift of $500 or more, you may place an 8”x8” clay brick at the pond.

For a gift of $1000 or more, you may place a 12”x12” concrete paver at the pond.

Inscriptions may be up to three lines, with 18 characters per line (counting spaces). Wording is subject to approval by the College. 

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