Mrs. Niki C. Nikias, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Eva Hsieh, Trustee Ming Hsieh, Gail Garner Roski and Board of Trustees Chairman Edward P. Roski Jr. Photo by Steve Cohn

They come together in the spirit of principal USC founder Judge Robert Maclay Widney, their devotion to USC ensuring the future of the university and its role in California and the world. Now these USC donors and supporters have a name that suits their heritage: the Widney Society.

The Widney Society honors USC benefactors who’ve given or pledged $1 million or more to the university, and its members officially met for the first time in November 2012. The society underscores the importance of major donors to the $6 billion Campaign for the University of Southern California, USC’s largest and most ambitious fundraising effort to date.

Held outside Widney Alumni House, the university’s original building, the inaugural gala brought together some 350 Widney Society members and guests. The program celebrated the five attributes of the ideal Trojan — faithful, scholarly, skillful, courageous and ambitious — as inscribed on the Trojan Shrine.

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