The Mark Ross Foundation of San Francisco has offered an exciting challenge grant which provides a real boost to funding International House's seismic safety renovations. If International House can raise $300,000 from other sources for this project within 18 months, the foundation will grant an equal amount. The $600,000 raised from new gifts and the Mark Ross Foundation grant would provide the funding needed to complete this critical project before the end of this century.

Mark Ross Foundation board member and I-House alumnus, Tom Miller (1937-'39), is the linchpin in securing this major commitment. He suggested the idea of a challenge and, through his advocacy on behalf of the House, encouraged the foundation's positive response. By offering a challenge to I-House, he hoped to encourage other gifts to ensure that the seismic safety work would proceed as planned and be completed as soon as possible.

Born and raised in Tientsin, China, Tom Miller came to International House as a freshman studying in the Department of Commerce. He recalls that he worked in the dishroom at the House for 40 cents per hour and was glad for the income. In gratitude for the tremendous generosity of the Mark Ross Foundation, the west wing of the Dining Room will be named in their honor.

All gifts and grants made for the Seismic Safety Renovations received before April 1, 2000 will be counted toward the Mark Ross Foundation challenge. For more information about supporting the renovations or about the challenge grant, please contact Melinda Carmack, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, at International House.

The Mark Ross Foundation previously created the Mark Ross Scholarship Fund at International House to enable U.S. students in financial need to live in the global community of I-House.

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