An upstate university on Tuesday announced a $10 million donation from the man who started Total Wine & More, and 85% of the money will go towards mental health, the school said. Furman University officials said $8.5 million of Congressman David Trone’s donation will be dedicated to student mental health services and $1.5 million to support Furman’s Hillel, the association of Jewish students. The donation makes Trone, a 1977 Furman graduate and board member, one of the university’s largest living donors. matter of great personal importance,” said Trone, who is also a Democratic U.S. Representative from Maryland. Money earmarked for mental health will transform services, school officials said. with new approaches, making Furman a model for mental and emotional health care – what Trone calls “mental health fitness” – in higher education. said Elizabeth Davis, president of Furman University. “David Trone really urged us to help normalize this idea that we need to stay mentally fit just like we want to stay physically fit.” Trone has championed numerous mental health and addiction initiatives in Congress. He co-led the U.S. Commission to Combat Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, is founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, and has spoken publicly about the death of his nephew Ian Trone from an overdose. of fentanyl. , it is critical that we work together to break the stigma around mental health, build tolerance in our diverse communities, and equip our students with the tools and resources to succeed,” said Trone, who has donated $3.5 million. dollars to Furman in 2013 to renovate and name the Trone Student Center. “With this donation through the David and June Trone Family Foundation, I am confident that Furman University will continue to positively impact and shape our country’s future leaders.” purpose and impact, Davis said. “The Furman Advantage helps students become resilient and adaptable to change in the face of adversity. Mental fitness is essential to developing these skills, ensuring our students are able to succeed academically, socially and emotionally,” said Davis said. . “David and June’s generous donation will clearly make a significant difference in the lives of our students and in our campus community, now and for generations to come.” In a recent survey of Furman students, 65% said the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on their mental health and 63% said it affected their loneliness and isolation. expansion of other services and programs. The space will be renamed the Throne Center for Mental Fitness. Another $7.5 million will create the Throne Family Fund for Student Mental Health and Well-Being. It will fund positions to ensure a steady level of professional staff that adapts as methods to engage in mental fitness change, starting with the hiring of a health and wellness coordinator It also staffs the position that oversees mental health and ensures that it hires a diverse staff to reflect the student population. The remaining $1.5 million will create the Hillel Endowment Fund to provide ongoing support for the expansion and improvement of Furman Hillel for more robust Jewish life for all students and the wider community. The Hillel also provides important aspects of mental fitness by providing students with a place where they feel welcomed and valued, and where they can have their spiritual needs met. “By establishing the Hillel Endowment Fund, we are able to expand and enhance the Furman Hillel a stronger Jewish life for all students and the wider community,” said June Trone.

An upstate university on Tuesday announced a $10 million donation from the man who started Total Wine & More, and 85% of the money will go towards mental health, the school said.

Furman University officials said $8.5 million of Congressman David Trone’s donation will go toward student mental health services and $1.5 million to support Furman’s Hillel, the student association jews.

The donation makes Trone, a 1977 Furman graduate and board member, one of the university’s largest living donors.

“As a proud alumnus of Furman University, I am honored to have the opportunity to give back in a meaningful way on an issue of great personal importance,” said Trone, who is also a Democratic Rep. American from Maryland.

Money earmarked for mental health will transform services, school officials said.

This will allow the university to reach more students in need of care sooner, and with new approaches, making Furman a model for mental and emotional health care – what Trone calls “the fitness for mental health” – in higher education.

“I like the idea of ​​it being the ‘Throne Center for Mental Fitness,’ like physical fitness,” said Elizabeth Davis, president of Furman University. “David Trone really urged us to help normalize this idea that we need to stay mentally fit just like we want to stay physically fit.”

Trone has championed numerous mental health and addiction initiatives in Congress. He co-led the U.S. Commission to Combat Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, is founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, and has spoken publicly about the death of his nephew Ian Trone from an overdose. of fentanyl.

“Nowadays, it’s critical that we work together to break the stigma around mental health, build tolerance in our diverse communities, and equip our students with the tools and resources to succeed,” said Trone, who gave 3 $.5 million to Furman in 2013 to renovate and name the Trone Student Center. “With this gift through the David and June Trone Family Foundation, I am confident that Furman University will continue to positively impact and shape our country’s future leaders.”

The gift goes to the heart of The Furman Advantage and focuses on helping students create meaningful and impactful lives, Davis said.

“The Furman Advantage helps students become resilient and adaptable to change in the face of adversity. Mental fitness is essential to developing these skills, ensuring our students are able to succeed academically, socially and emotionally,” said Davis said. “David and June’s generous donation will clearly make a significant difference in the lives of our students and in our campus community, now and for generations to come.”

In a recent survey of Furman students, 65% said the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively impacted their mental health and 63% said it had affected their loneliness and isolation.

The money will be distributed like this:

  • $1 million will expand and renovate its counseling center to create more group spaces and areas to practice mindfulness, as well as provide more flexible space for the expansion of other services and programs. The space will be renamed the Throne Center for Mental Fitness.
  • Another $7.5 million will create the Trone Family Fund for Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. It will fund positions to ensure a consistent level of professional staffing that scales as methods to engage in mental fitness change, starting with the hiring of a health and wellness coordinator . It also staffs the position that oversees mental health and ensures the hiring of a diverse staff to reflect the student population.
  • The remaining $1.5 million will create the Hillel Endowment Fund to provide ongoing support to expand and improve the Furman Hillel for stronger Jewish life for all students and the wider community. The Hillel also provides important aspects of mental health by providing students with a place where they feel welcomed and valued, and where they can have their spiritual needs met.

“By creating the Hillel Endowment Fund, we are able to expand and improve the Furman Hillel for a stronger Jewish life for all students and the wider community,” said June Trone.