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 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Hickory Club reached 2,860 members;
503 are new members and 160 have given consecutively for 25 or more years!

View our 2012 Hickory Club members.


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 +1-434-924-6798.


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