|The First Ten Years
Little did Maxwell and Muriel Gluck know that, more than 11 years ago, when
they made a $3 million challenge gift to the University of Kentucky, they not
only funded the construction of an equine research center, but served as the
catalyst to galvanize horse industry and university leaders, establishing the
University of Kentucky Equine Research Foundation, now the University of
Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation.
The University of Kentucky
congratulated the board
members of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation for a very successful
first decade. On the ten-year anniversary we remembered the past and focused
on the future. We knew all too well that even though the cost of research
continues to escalate, the cost, or costs, of not having the knowledge
for the future can be catastrophic.
As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation
has a twofold mission: to facilitate the exchange of information between
the university and the horse industry and to assist in securing funding
for equine research at the University of Kentucky.
Some of the most notable achievements are:
Construction and Renovation Projects:
- Surpassing the $3 million challenge, raising $4.2 million in gifts and
pledges, ensuring the Commonwealth of Kentucky's $3 million pledge in state
economic development bonds.
The UKERF Board helped to secure development bonds to provide for renovation
and an addition to the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
$50,000 raised to renovate and adapt a barn for an isolation facility.
- $5 million anonymous gift received for the endowment fund.
John H. "Trader" Clark donated his entire farm, valued at $897,500, to
the university to benefit equine research.
- $200,000 gift to endow the equine research center's library and memorialize
John A. Morris given by his wife, Edna.
Support for endowed chair and professorships:
$1 million in gifts by friends and family to establish the first endowed
chair in honor of Frederick L. Van Lennep.
$2 million gift from the Lucille Parker Markey Charitable Trust for the
Warren Wright Sr. Lucille Wright Markey Chair in infectious diseases.
$1 million grant from the Knight Foundation creates the John S. and Elizabeth
A. Knight Professorship in Equine Veterinary Science.
$1 million grant from the Keeneland Association to establish the Keeneland
Professorship at the Gluck Center.
Graduate student support includes:
The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation awards $116,000 for each of three years
to support the graduate student research and training program.
$500,000 gift from the Lucille Parker Markey Charitable Trust for support
and training of young scientists.
Mrs. Gluck contributes $125,000 for endowment of the graduate student assistantship
The Helen Hertz Hexter Trust gave $100,000 for support of the graduate
Lloyd's of London Underwriters and Brokers and their Kentucky agents fund
a $90,000, three-year fellowship in equine pathology.
Paul Mellon contributed $250,000 to endow support for the graduate student
- The UK
Equine Research and Service Report, published by the UK Gluck Equine Research
Foundation, is mailed to over 8,200 people worldwide.
UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation established the Equine
Research Hall of Fame to recognize those who have significantly contributed
to the scientific body of knowledge of the horse.
Lloyd's of London Underwriters and Brokers and their Kentucky agents sponsors
Disease Quarterly, which reports disease outbreaks incidence worldwide.
Numerous seminars, conferences, meetings and tours have been given for
The University of Kentucky
is honored, humbled and grateful to those that have helped to make the
Department of Veterinary Science an equine research department second to
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