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Great Lives
Support the Great Lives Series on #MaryWashDay!

Who We Are

The William B. Crawley Great Lives Series brings renowned biographers to the Mary Washington campus to speak on “Great Lives” – those who have influenced history or culture in a significant way. Since 2004, Mary Washington has hosted lectures on politicians, authors, celebrities, musicians, artists, and even some fictional icons – including Harry Potter,  Frankenstein, and Sherlock Holmes. Each lecture attracts between 500 and 1,000 patrons and concludes with an audience Q&A session and speaker book-signing.







Why We Need Your Support

The Great Lives Series has been free since its inception – and we need your help to keep it that way.  The series recovers none of its costs through admission fees and exists solely to enrich the Fredericksburg and Mary Washington communities. The series makes prominent speakers and international scholars accessible to UMW students and community residents in a way that would be impossible without donor support.






How Your Gift Will Help

Your gift will create an unprecedented intellectual opportunity for UMW students and area residents. Your support ensures the series attracts the highest quality speakers including Pulitzer Prize winning authors, biographers, and professors. The 2020 series kicked off on January 21st, 2020 with a lecture on Ronald Reagan.



The Great Lives Match
Russell and Barbara Stone Mait '79 are issuing a challenge to all supporters of the William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series: Make a gift to Great Lives on Mary Wash Giving Day and they will match it dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000.  If this match is completed by the start of the evening’s Great Lives lecture at 7:30pm, an additional $500 will be unlocked for a total of $2,500 to Great Lives. This is your chance to double your impact when you support Great Lives on Giving Day!
Dollars Raised Leaderboard
Which area is receiving the most funding?
Rank Department Raised
1 Fund for Mary Washington $0.00
2 UMW Athletics $0.00
3 Scholarships and Endowments $0.00
4 College of Arts & Sciences $0.00
5 College of Business $0.00
Class Year Leaderboard
Which class is in the lead for total number of gifts?
UMW Class Year
Rank Answer Gifts
Participation Leaderboard
Which areas are seeing the highest participation?
Rank Department Gifts
1 Fund for Mary Washington 0
2 UMW Athletics 0
3 Scholarships and Endowments 0
4 College of Arts & Sciences 0
5 College of Business 0
Great Lives Donors
Rank State Gifts
1 NONE 0
1 AA 0
1 AE 0
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