Sherri Bullard, community leader: Kentucky is facing unprecedented challenges. The success of this University is linked to the success of the community and the Commonwealth … We feel it’s time to step forward and encourage everyone to step up.

Jed Bullard, chairman of Kentucky-based E.D. Bullard Co., international manufacturer of personal protective equipment: The University helps create the positive community we must never take for granted … For our business to compete globally, this aspirational environment is critical. It’s time to come together to support UK, because it’s not just good business, it’s the right thing to do.

Joe Craft, president and CEO of Alliance Resource Management Partners: The University of Kentucky is a partner that can help me leverage my giving … And there’s no better place to give than to the University of Kentucky, if you want to make a difference, if you want to partner with someone to change people’s lives.

F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D., physician, engineer and entrepreneur: I believe in God’s master plan in our lives, how each person we encounter leaves a mark – and we are more because of it. My purpose is to leave that positive mark on others.

Jim Hardymon, retired CEO of Textron and former chair of the UK Board of Trustees: I feel I have been overly lucky and should give back … I’ve seen the difference (UK) makes. We are seeing greater retention and graduation rates of students. The University is in a period of positive momentum. Let’s keep it going.

Cathy Jacobs, philanthropist and community leader: For me, giving is so much more than writing a check. It is reaching out and touching a life, uplifting a soul. The University of Kentucky is building a legacy and through it, my husband Don and I want to have left a legacy of helping the community and the future of the state.

Stanley Pigman, entrepreneur and longtime UK benefactor: The effort we make and the time and money we spend helping students … and mentoring students is exactly what we should be doing with our resources, and I believe it’s my life purpose.

Karen Pigman, longtime UK benefactor: It’s important to give because some people aren’t as fortunate as we are … the shining moment is when students graduate, and you get to see the smile on their faces and the deep pleasure of their parents and their loved ones that come to see them graduate.

Mark F. Newman, M.D., UK executive vice president for health affairs: This is an opportunity to address some of the critical health care issues that Kentuckians face. By bolstering our clinical initiatives, ground-breaking research and by educating the next generation of scientists and patient care providers, Kentucky can make a significant difference in the well-being of our citizens, now and in the future.  Working together throughout our academic medical campus to engage and collaborate with the health profession colleges gives us a unique advantage in fighting, preventing and overcoming some of our greatest health challenges.

Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics at UK: We are embarking on a new campaign that challenges us in ways we have never before been challenged. There is a reason for that though: we are trying to achieve in ways we have never before achieved. When you support this campaign and UK Athletics, you are supporting us in our mission to be elite in everything we do: from competition to facilities to student-athlete experience.