Hickory Club

The Hickory Club recognizes Darden alumni who have given consistently each year to Darden for a minimum of three years. Hickory was Dean Charles C. Abbott's ever-loyal black Labrador retriever and is a symbol of the dedication Darden alumni express for the School through consecutive giving.

new Hickory Club dog logo

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the Hickory Club reached 2,700 members!

  View a list of the 2013 Hickory Club members who have given 10 years or more. 

Harry LewisHarry Lewis (MBA ’57), Hickory Club Chair

“The Darden tradition has always been a tradition of participation. The Hickory Club provides another vehicle to demonstrate this participation. Personally, I have found that the Hickory Club provides a great way to stay connected with Darden, your class, your study group and your friends. I hope you will consider renewing your membership or joining the Hickory Club by giving to the Darden Annual Fund this year."


Willard L McCloud IIIWillard L. McCloud III (MBA ’04)

“I give back to Darden because it gave so much to me. Beyond that, I support the school because of my hopes and dreams for it. My hope is that Darden will continue to be an extraordinary training ground for thoughtful, reasoned and ethically-sound leaders in both the private and public sectors. My dream is that the School will be able to produce more of the diverse, high-impact leaders our world so badly needs to help solve its most pressing issues. That is why I write a check to Darden every year and will continue to do so.”

Denise SmithDenise K. Smith (MBA ’93)

"I had a great experience at Darden. I learned a lot from my professors and classmates, made great friends and learned terrific skills for leading in today's society. I know I received more from Darden than I paid. I am thankful for this, and I feel it is important to give back and help make this possible for others. For Darden to continue to grow and offer top-notch programs, it needs continued alumni support." 


TurnbullB. Harrison Turnbull (MBA ’80)

“I give to Darden every year for three reasons. First, I give out of a sense of duty. It’s my way of ‘paying forward’ for the education I received through the financial support and contributions of the Sponsors organization and alumni who preceded me. Second, I give because Darden significantly contributed to my ability to have a varied and successful career. Finally, I give because I believe Darden's mission and approach to business education - with a unique focus on ethics, teamwork and general management - are deserving."


For more information about the Hickory Club, please contact Associate Director of the Annual Fund Robyn Guerin at +1-434-227-7889.


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