Donor Stories

Answering the Simons Challenge
Part of the Simon's $150 million investment in Stony Brook is a $50 million challenge grant for academic excellence, including a specific dollar-for-dollar match for first-time alumni donors. Here, we celebrate the individuals who are helping us meet the Simons’ challenge.

Snyders Make $150,000 Gift in Support of Stony Brook University Cancer Center
Stony Brook Medicine has received a $150,000 gift from Stony Brook alumni Gloria Snyder '72 and Mark Snyder '69 of Belle Terre, NY, to establish the "Gloria and Mark Snyder Symposium" for Cancer Medicine. more »

Restoring Shinnecock Bay
The once rich shellfish beds of Shinnecock Bay may thrive again thanks to an ambitious environmental restoration project funded in part by a philanthropic gift from the Laurie Landeau Foundation, matched by a gift from the Simons Foundation for a total impact of $3 million. more »

The Goodale Family
Aquebogue residents Cathy and Russell Goodale give back to Stony Brook Children's in appreciation of care for two sons with cystic fibrosis  more »

Christopher Pendergast
Christopher Pendergast, who has battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 19 years, is donating $500,000 through proceeds from the Ride for Life organization he founded, to support the development of an ALS Clinical Trials Program at the Stony Brook ALS Center of Excellence named in his honor in 2010.  more »

Robert and Lisa Lourie
The Louries' $2.5 million investment in Stony Brook’s Pediatric MS Center— to be named the Lourie Center for Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis—will also establish the Lisa and Robert Lourie Imaging Suite. The Simons Challenge Grant will bring the total investment in Stony Brook Medicine to $5 million. more »

Huayi Zhang
In what he called an opportunity to “support an important institution in his neighborhood,” Huayi Zhang, Ph.D., a researcher at Renaissance Technologies, has established an endowed chair in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. more »

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and Dr. Ellen Li
President Stanley and his wife are making a $125,000 donation to establish the Ellen Li and Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Endowed Scholarship in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. This merit-based scholarship will provide critical financial assistance to young people who have received their undergraduate degree through Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit program. more »