On the Road to $600-Million, Villanova Visits Florida

On the Road to $600-Million, Villanova Visits Florida 1

Anna Nguyen, Villanova U.

Attendees at Villanova U.'s fund-raising event in Florida see, via animations on a tablet computer, how their donations could improve campus buildings or help construct new ones.

It is a balmy February evening here in the Grand Ballroom of the PGA National Resort & Spa, where Villanova University is treating 135 alumni and other guests to drinks and dinner as they listen to rousing speeches about the suburban Philadelphia institution’s ambitious fund-raising campaign.

Uplighting bathes the walls of the cavernous ballroom in Villanova blue, and sweat trickles down the spires of an elaborately carved ice replica of St. Thomas of Villanova Church, the