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Cooper Together 2017



To the members of the Cooper Union community who gathered, shared and gave as part of Cooper Together: thank you! This inaugural week-long celebration of the birth of our founder, Peter Cooper, achieved our goals of honoring his philanthropic spirit and uniting the community near and far.

From February 7–13, over 400 people across the country joined together to celebrate the legacy and impact of Peter Cooper. In addition to the annual wreath-laying ceremony on campus, we hosted a new evening reception with our New York City community. The program featured an enlightening conversation between President Laura Sparks and Associate Professor Peter Buckley, the unofficial Cooper Union historian. We also traveled to Boca Raton and Houston to celebrate with our Cooper supporters in those regions. Volunteers in Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco and Washington, DC hosted gatherings with their local communities as well. The Cooper Union Alumni Association capped off the week with the annual celebration at McSorley's.

With your generous support during Cooper Together, we raised an additional $32,000 for Cooper students through the Annual Fund. Compared to last year’s festivities, donor participation quadrupled over the course of the week. We are profoundly humbled by your ongoing support and thank you for celebrating Peter Cooper's gift with a gift of your own.

Take a look at photos from the week and a video featuring students, alumni and faculty as they tell us why they support The Cooper Union and wish Peter Cooper a happy birthday.

If you are interested in getting involved in Cooper Together next year or other ongoing initiatives, please contact alumni@cooper.edu. Thank you again for your support!