‘Texas-size Thank You’ from the University of Texas

(Courtesy: The University of Texas at Austin Facebook)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As they say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” so who better than to deliver a “Texas-size Thank You” than the University of Texas itself? In a larger-than-life display of gratitude in the Campaign for Texas, UT created a video as a token of their appreciation, and it came in the form of a colossal card hoisted by hovering helicopters flying through the capital city.  The thank you comes complete with a performance from the Longhorn band, pep squad and a diverse array of UT student life.

“To everyone who helped raise $3.12 billion, thank you,” reads the video at the end.

According to the Campaign for Texas website, “the university embarked on a historic campaign to raise $3 billion, an amount unprecedented in the state of Texas. In September 2008, only a month prior to publicly announcing the campaign, the nation faced the beginning of economic turmoil and a global financial crisis. The university forged ahead. With only one year left and still 25 percent of the goal remaining, the task seemed insurmountable. But Longhorn Nation rallied its support.”

“Far more than a number, the Campaign for Texas is about how supporting people, places, and our purpose can transform the educational experience and create a lasting legacy of excellence,” reads the website.

Anyone can make a donation online.

UT President Bill Powers’ letter of thanks

“Dear Longhorn Family,

With awe and admiration I thank you for your tremendous investment in this university during the Campaign for Texas. This report represents a mere fraction of the advancements you have helped us make on our campus and the lives you have forever changed. Every college, school, and unit has benefited from your steadfast generosity. We’ve upgraded facilities to meet the demands of our new technologically advanced society, provided full scholarships to first-generation college students, recruited some of the world’s greatest minds, and strived to answer some of the most pressing questions of our time. Because of you we have been able to create an unparalleled academic and research experience on the Forty Acres.

My heart is filled with thanks for every member of the Longhorn family — individuals, foundations, associations, and corporations — who helped us. Especially, I thank three devoted alumni — Kenny Jastrow, who chaired the campaign, and Charles Tate and Libba Massey, who served as its co-vice chairs. These and hundreds of thousands more made the campaign a success.

When I announced this campaign more than six years ago amid global financial collapse, I did so knowing that one thing was certain — we owed it to future generations of students to ensure that The University of Texas at Austin remained a university of the first class. Because of you, we successfully completed this campaign. We will feel the impact of these changes for years to come. What starts here truly changes the world. And this time, that change has started with you. Thank you.

Hook ’em,

Bill Powers”

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