Photos: Johns Hopkins kicks off $4.5B fundraising effort with launch celebration

Johns Hopkins announced a $4.5 billion fundraising campaign Saturday night at a launch celebration on the Homewood campus. The event featured remarks by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels; Pamela P. Flaherty, chair of the board of trustees; and Jeffrey H. Aronson, chair of the campaign and chair-elect of the board of trustees.

They were joined by deans, faculty, students, and about 450 volunteer leaders, alumni, parents, and friends, to celebrated the public launch of a joint fundraising effort by the university and health system called Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins. The campaign, the institutions' largest ever, aims to advance human knowledge, solve global problems, and enhance the student experience. It seeks to create as many as 300 endowed professorships and generate nearly $700 million for undergraduate financial aid and graduate student fellowships. It also will support interdisciplinary research teams seeking answers to vexing worldwide problems in areas such as health, education, water resources, and revitalization of cities.

The gala also included a special performance by a faculty and trustee band and singing by student a cappella groups.