Clarification of Holiday Spending

To the Editors:

In difficult financial times, it is especially important to create informed opinions based on an accurate set of numbers. With that in mind, I must set the record straight on the amount of spent for the campus-wide Holiday Reception hosted by our President.
In the Nov. 1 issue of the Review it was erroneously reported that the Annual Holiday Reception cost $75,000. The event has a set budget of $7,500. Invitations to this event are sent to 1100-1200 employees, retirees, widows and affiliate scholars along with the spouses/significant others. The Holiday Reception includes children of employees as well. When President Dye arrived on campus, she initiated a policy to invite all employees to annual events. This has not always been the case and marks her commitment to building a strong community for Oberlin College.
We have always closely monitored the costs of events while continuing to recognize the importance of gathering our colleagues and families together.

–Jane A. Mathison
Director of Donor Relations & Development Operations


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