OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University’s Division of Advancement held its 2018 Annual Awards Dinner recently and former baseball standout Don Crain and the women’s basketball team were among those recognized.
Crain, a 1970 graduate, received the John E. Dolibois Award while head coach Megan Duffy and the women’s basketball program earned Student Philanthropist of the Year honors.
The John E. Dolibois Award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who has served Miami University in a distinctive fashion over many years. While many alumni around the world serve Miami every day, an uncommon few demonstrate continuous and meritorious service. Named in 1984 for Ambassador John E. Dolibois ’42, Miami’s first full-time alumni professional, this honor has been presented since 1947 and was previously called the Alumni Award.
For 34 years, Crain has practiced law as a highly successful corporate and management labor attorney at Frost Brown Todd while proudly serving his alma mater. Most recently, he served on the Miami Board of Trustees (2006-2015), with two years as vice chair and two years as chair. He has also served as member and president of the Red & White Club Board and as a member of the Miami Middletown Citizens Advisory Council. He has taught classes in the Farmer School of Business and is active with the Baseball Alumni Board. Twice, Crain has earned the Don Loss Volunteer of the Year Award. He and his wife, Susan ’73, have also been active supporters of the Graduating Champions campaign, a fundraising effort to advance Miami Athletics. They recently endowed the Donald and Susan Crain Baseball Scholarship.
The Student Philanthropist of the Year Award recognizes a Miami University student/group who has been highly engaged in philanthropic activities, and/or has demonstrated leadership by supporting or implementing a fundraising program. The student’s fundraising activity may or may not be for the benefit of the university, but must have fostered a culture of giving.
The women’s basketball team helped raise $40,000 for this year’s Love.Honor.Care. campaign, bringing their total since the initiative began to more than $80,000. Spearheaded by the team as well as President Greg and Dr. Renate Crawford, the mission of Love.Honor.Care is to raise funds to fight against all cancers, honor the survivors of the disease and educate the community. The campaign benefits Luna Cares, a local charity that aids women in the Oxford community who have been diagnosed with cancer of any kind. This year's campaign culminated with a basketball game on Feb. 10 when the RedHawks hosted Buffalo. The RedHawks also hosted a pre-game reception for cancer survivors, solicited gifts during the week and sold t-shirts and sweatshirts to benefit Luna Cares.
This year, $10,000 of the money raised was a generous gift from Miami alumna Cynthia Henderson ’90, with the funds going towards undergraduate cancer research at Miami. Two undergraduate researchers received $5,000 each to work with a faculty mentor on a cancer-related research project. The remaining funds went to Luna Cares to benefit local women directly.