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Vernon Jordan '57, Carly Simon and Others Aid Community Organization

August 3, 2010

D2X_2355 copy.JPGAugust 3, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — A report on last night's Possible Dreams Auction on Martha's Vineyard notes, "In less than four hours the auction brought in over $225,000 through items such as a round of golf with lawyer Vernon Jordan Jr., an evening serenade from Carly Simon, and a dinner with notable Vineyard women Alison Shaw, Mary Steenburgen and Olga Hirshhorn." All told, the event brought in $291,000 for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

"The Vineyard is a special place," Wiet Bacheller, president of Community Services, tells the Martha's Vineyard Gazette. "When someone needs help, they step up to the plate." 

Read more at the newspaper's Web site.

Vernon Jordan 2001 studentsVernon E. Jordan Jr., a 1957 graduate of DePauw University, is an annual contributor to the fundraiser.  The former president of the National Urban League and a close adviser to President Bill Clinton, Jordan is senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and senior managing director of Lazard LLC.  He is an advisory member of DePauw's Board of Trustees and has authored Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir and Make It Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out. (at right: Jordan visits with DePauw students during a 2001 visit to campus)

Last week he addressed the opening session of the Urban League's centennial conference in Washington, D.C. Details can be found in this story.

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