IU Foundation honors three individuals, one family with 2016 Partners in Philanthropy awards

  • June 10, 2016


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University and the IU Foundation recently honored three individuals and one family as the university’s 2016 Partners in Philanthropy. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Daniel C. Smith presented the awards June 9, recognizing the outstanding volunteerism shown by those whose steadfast service and contributions have shaped IU’s future in lasting ways.

“Each of these remarkable individuals represents the true spirit of philanthropy in every sense of the word,” McRobbie said. “Countless Indiana University programs, schools and campuses have benefited enormously from the generosity of these special few whose leadership and service have created extraordinary opportunities for the success of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. To say we are grateful for their service would be an understatement.”

Honorees received one of four awards: the Cornerstone Award, the Keystone Award, the inaugural Family Legacy Award and the Herman B Wells Visionary Award. A committee of representatives from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU Bloomington and regional campuses selected award recipients.

“In addition to their philanthropic support of Indiana University, these special friends make a lasting impact on our state, our nation and our world through their outstanding commitment to our university’s mission,” Smith said. “The generosity and years of selfless dedication they have shown are truly incredible, as is the breadth of their engagement, from the Jacobs School of Music to the Maurer School of Law at IU Bloomington, to the Lilly Library and more; they have touched virtually every facet of Indiana University, helping us reach our goals in teaching, research and community engagement.”

The Cornerstone Award

Anthony J. Moravec received the Cornerstone Award, which recognizes individuals whose partnership, volunteerism and generosity have been instrumental to the success of a single IU philanthropic initiative for a campus, program or school.

Although Moravec did not attend IU, his appreciation for the Bloomington campus’s arts and culture scene began in 1998 when he took his first tour of the IU Art Museum, recently named the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art. Inspired by the work of the museum’s then director Heidi Gealt -- now director emerita -- Moravec joined the museum’s National Advisory Board in 2001, a membership he continues to hold today.

During IU’s “Matching the Promise” campaign, Moravec worked to increase support for a special IU Art Museum exhibition and research project on drawings by the Venetian master Domenico Tiepolo, which received national attention when it traveled to New York City and Stanford University.

In 2010 Moravec donated his personal collection of Old Master drawings and a series of scenes from the New Testament to the IU Art Museum, making the museum one of the largest repositories of such works in the world.

His continued generosity also resulted in the IU Art Museum being the first among Big Ten university museums to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endowment, which funded the creation of a senior academic officer position in 2012.

Moravec is co-founder of Applied Laboratories Inc., president of Blairex Laboratories Inc. and owner of Zaharako’s Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Columbus, Ind. He serves on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of both the 1820 Society and Presidents Circle recognition societies of the IU Foundation.

View a video biography of Tony Moravec.

The Keystone Award

The Keystone Award, which recognizes an individual who has shown exemplary volunteerism and generosity through multiple IU fundraising campaigns, was presented to Michael D. Shumate (B.S. ’67).

Shumate graduated with honors from IU and soon after became a certified public accountant. He then joined international law firm Jones Day, where he practiced corporate tax in both Los Angeles and New York offices until his retirement in 1996. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash from Gov. Otis Bowen in 2004, was selected to serve as an IU Foundation Board Director in 2008 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2010.

As an alumnus, he worked tirelessly to help the Class of ’67 campaign raise $1 million to endow the Robert Shaffer Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences. He now works actively to improve the quality of life for IU’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, faculty, staff and alumni in his role as president of IU’s GLBT Alumni Association. He established the GLBTAA Student Scholarship Campaign in 2013 -- the first of its kind in the nation -- which provides financial support for GLBT students who exhibit academic achievement and offers emergency funds to IU students who, after coming out, have been financially estranged from their families.

In addition to his work with the IU GLBTAA, Shumate is a founding member and former president of the Maurer School of Law GLBT Advisory Board, a participant on the Kinsey Institute Board of Governors and an active member of the Kelley School of Business’ Accounting Advisory Council and the Out at Kelley organization.

View a video biography of Mike Shumate.

The Family Legacy Award

The family of Martha (B.A. ’56) and Gene (B.A. ’56, M.D. ’61) Tardy received the inaugural Family Legacy Award, which recognizes families that have created a time-honored tradition of exemplary volunteerism and generosity toward IU.

Nearly every member of the Tardy family has shared his or her time, talents and treasures with IU. Twenty members of the family have graduated from IU, including Gene Tardy’s late brother, Jerry, who was president and CEO of the IU Alumni Association from 1987 to 2001. Gene and Martha met at IU as sophomores; today, their three children, as well as four of their grandchildren, are also proud IU alumni.

In 1976, in response to a request from the Department of Otolaryngology at the IU School of Medicine, Gene Tardy -- then clinical professor of otolaryngology -- organized annual postgraduate courses in facial and plastic reconstructive surgery, which continued for several decades.

Martha has served as president of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Alumni Board and a member of the College’s Executive Dean’s Advisory Board; a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council Grants Committee; and a student recruitment volunteer for the IU Foundation Class Campaign Committee.

Following in her family’s footsteps, Martha and Gene’s daughter Sallie Jo Tardy Mitzell was named president-elect of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board. Sallie Jo has served on the IU Student Foundation Board of Associates for more than 25 years and was president during the 50th annual running of the Little 500.

Members of the Tardy family have also inspired others to become involved with IU. Martha has enhanced the advancement of women’s affairs at IU through her work on the Colloquium for Women. Sallie Jo serves a leadership function at IU Student Foundation to help raise $10 million for student scholarships, while Gene and Martha’s granddaughter Hannah Holloway is involved in IU Dance Marathon.

View a video biography of the Tardy family.

The Herman B Wells Visionary Award

Patricia R. Miller (B.A. ’60) received the Herman B Wells Visionary Award, which recognizes an individual whose lifetime commitments of time, talent and treasure to IU reveal a deep understanding of the power of philanthropy to shape the future of the institution.

Miller came to IU as a first-generation student from a small rural town in Illinois. Twenty-two years later, she and her friend Barbara Baekgaard made a unique discovery while waiting in an Atlanta airport: There was a lack of attractive women’s travel bags on the market. With an initial investment of $250 each, they founded Vera Bradley Inc.

Vera Bradley is now an international brand with sales of more than $500 million annually. As the company grew, so did its workforce, most of whom were women. When the company’s first sales representative -- also Baekgaard’s former college roommate -- succumbed to breast cancer, the co-founders developed a philanthropic mission for the company that began with a women’s golf and tennis tournament. In 1998, the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer was created to channel proceeds from the company’s fundraising efforts to IU. Today, the foundation has committed $35 million to breast cancer research at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Miller’s connection to IU also includes serving as director -- and now honorary director -- of the IU Foundation, as co-chair of the IUPUI IMPACT Campaign, and as chair of the School of Medicine’s campaign. Additionally, she is a member of the Jacobs School of Music Dean’s National Advisory Board and the Varsity Club National Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council.

Miller retired from Vera Bradley in 2012 and lives in Fort Wayne with her husband, Mike, who is also an IU alumnus.

View a video biography of Pat Miller.

About the Indiana University Foundation

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.

Today, the IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $1.9 billion. In fiscal year 2015, IU received $359.3 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

From left: Pat Miller, Mike Shumate, Martha Tardy, Gene Tardy and Tony Moravec.

From left: Pat Miller, Mike Shumate, Martha Tardy, Gene Tardy and Tony Moravec.

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