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The Monticello Society
"I cannot live without books."
These words were written by Thomas Jefferson in a correspondence to his friend John Adams on June 10, 1815. The enrichment of books was so appreciated by Jefferson that he sent his cherished library to the nation's capital to create the Library of Congress.
The Jefferson College Foundation Monticello Society
Just as Jefferson's life would not have been fulfilled without books and knowledge, the ability of Jefferson College to provide knowledge to others would not be fulfilled without the generosity of donors to the Jefferson College Foundation. The Foundation honors and publicly recognizes top donors whose generosity, qualities of leadership, and commitment allow it to fulfill its mission and provide Jefferson College and its students with the financial support it needs for quality programs, services, and facilities. This elite list of donors is respectfully known as The Monticello Society.
The Monticello Society is comprised of individuals, corporations, and organizations whose significant lifetime contributions to the Foundation since its inception in 1991 include bequests, planned gifts, scholarships, in kind, cash, and the transfer of assets. New members are added through careful review and selection of donors to the Foundation during each year and are recognized at a special reception held in their honor at which they are presented with the Jefferson Cup and become permanent members of the prestigious Jefferson College Monticello Society.
Members of the Monticello Society belong to one of three categories based on their lifetime-giving, as follows:
- Legacy Circle ($100,000+)
- Patron Circle ($50,000-$99,999)
- Benefactor Circle ($20,000-$49,999).
The Jefferson Cup
Jefferson's friend and teacher, George Wythe, had willed two large drinking beakers to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson decided to have them, along with two of his own mugs, melted into eight drinking cups of his own design. He sent them to a Richmond, Virginia silversmith by the name of John Letelier, along with the request that the cups be exactly fashioned to his description. The cups arrived at Monticello in 1810 and were used for the rest of Jefferson's life as part of his regular dining setting. Typically the cups were filled with beer and cider at dinner and afterwards used as tumblers for wine. Upon Jefferson's death in 1826, his wife gave one to each of their six children and one to a grandson. Six cups have survived, four of which remain at Monticello. A classic design, rich in American history.
Monticello Society Members:
Legacy Circle ($100,000+)
Community Health Center of Jefferson County
Commerce Bank/Commerce Bancshares Foundation &
Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers
Eagle Bank & Trust, Mike Walsh
Enterprise Bank & Trust
David & Glenna Mangelsdorf
Mercy Hospital Jefferson
Patron Circle ($50,000-$99,999)
Mark A. Buehrle
Tom & Vicki Burke
Branton and D. Jane Houser
Jefferson County Veterans Memorial Committee
Harry & Genie Mueller
Thomas & Linda Murry
Judith A. Riddle
Larry & Beverly Sapaugh
Sapaugh Motor Company
Jack C. Taylor
Twin City Area Optimists Club
Benefactor Circle ($20,000-$49,999)
Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers #63
Amvets Auxiliary Post 48
Atomic Fireworks/Meramec Specialty Company
Big River Ladies Auxiliary Post #5331
The Family of Earl R. Blackwell
Bloomsdale Excavating, Inc.
Dale & Cathy Boemler
Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis & Vicinity
Coventry Health Care, an Aetna Company
Raymond & Vicki Cummiskey
Dow Chemical Company
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
First State Community Bank
Govero Land Services, Inc.
H-J Enterprises, Inc.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Justin & Jennifer Hansen
Frances V. Herrell
Home Service Oil Company
Julia C. Hampton
Home Builders Association
Hopson Lumber Company
Jefferson County Democrats
William & Michelle Kennen
Krieg, Lohbeck & Company
Lillian A. Mangelsdorf
William & Debbie McKenna
Spire (Formerly Missouri Natural Gas Company)
The Mysun Charitable Foundation
PEO Chapter FR
Production Castings Inc., Al Loeffelman
Adrian & Sharon Rogier
Larry & Beverly Sapaugh
Charles & Anna Sheehan
Sheet Metal Contractors Inc.
Specialized Catering/Food Service Consultants, Mike Kumpf
St. Anthony’s Medical Center
The Jack & Edith Stewart Family
Twin City Chamber of Commerce
Twin City Toyota
Vest Benefit Solutions, Rick Vest
Zion United Methodist Church