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“It’s a tribute to Drexel that they have this collection and it should be shared with students and the public.”

One of the guiding principles in the world of philanthropy is that people give to people, not to things – the people who move or inspire them in some way to take action to make the world a better place. Philadelphia philanthropists Robert HD ’13 and Penny Fox HD ’13, who last year had the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design named after them in recognition of their significant unrestricted support of the University, are shining examples of this principle in action.

“We’re big John Fry boosters,” says Mr. Fox, speaking of his and his wife’s support of Drexel’s president. Mr. Fox, chairman and CEO of R.A.F. Industries, Inc., and Mrs. Fox, a trustee on several arts, culture and education boards in the Philadelphia area, have known President Fry for several years. They have been impressed and inspired by his accomplishments, and in particular, by his leadership of Drexel University.

At the same time, Mr. and Mrs. Fox are committed to improving education. One of the primary reasons they choose to give back so generously to post-secondary institutions like Drexel is because they, as Mrs. Fox says, believe in “reaching out to students, helping young people.”

Through their support of Drexel, Mr. and Mrs. Fox are helping the University not only provide increased access to the internationally recognized costume collection to Drexel’s students, but also to the wider community. Their gift will help make it possible for the University to, among other things, provide a greater number of educational events focused on the collection – one of the oldest in the United States – which until recently was accessible only by private appointment.

Mrs. Fox’s extensive involvement with the arts community has made her well aware of the potential of Drexel’s historic costume collection to help and inspire students, faculty and others who, she says, “value timeless, elegant design and cultural history.”

“It’s a great collection, it should be open to the public – properly, with great care,” she says. “It’s a tribute to Drexel that they have this collection and it should be shared with students and the public.”

Since its formation in the late 1890s, the mission of the historic costume collection, which has pieces dating as far back as the 1700s, has been to educate and inspire, while also providing a significant resource for an ever-expanding community of historians, scholars, artists and designers. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Fox’s incredible generosity, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection will be able to continue to build on its mission for generations to come.

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