BLOOMINGDALE’S CELEBRATES COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL DRIVE

NEW YORK — Michael Gould, chairman of Bloomingdale’s and a member of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, hosted a party at the store Wednesday evening to mark the completion of the school’s $100 million capital campaign. “This campaign is the most ambitious undertaking in Columbia Business School’s nearly 80-year history,” said Russell L. Carson, who was a member of the class of ’67 and a partner in Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
The biggest contribution came from Jerome Chazen, chairman of Liz Claiborne, who gave a $10 million gift — the largest in the school’s history.
Chazen’s contribution will be used to creat the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business.
Gould, who graduated from the business school in 1968, said Bloomingdale’s stages an enormous number of parties and special events year-round, but Wednesday’s was unique because it included a sit-down dinner for approximately150 of the campaign’s major contributors. The event was the first sit-down dinner at the store in four years. Gould explained why: “The Nineties has been more casual, but tonight we want to give something back to the community. Bloomingdale’s and Columbia Business School are two great institutions.”

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