has announced a $10 million gift from trustee Mario Gabelli in support of beautification projects across campus.
Made through the university's Light the World campaign, the gift will support projects aimed at beautifying the open spaces around Conte Forum, which are among the most frequented public spaces on the BC campus. In recognition of the gift, BC will name those spaces the Gabelli Plazas.
Chairman and CEO of and co-founder of the Boston College Wall Street Council, Gabelli is a longtime benefactor of the university. That support includes a major gift in 2014 from the Gabelli Family Foundation to the university's Presidential Scholars Program, which was renamed the in his honor; and a gift of $3 million gift in 2010 to the to establish the Mario J. Gabelli Endowed Professorship.
"One of our goals in developing the campus is to bring more attention to important outdoor spaces and the role they play in the lives of our students," said executive vice president Michael Lochhead. "The Gabelli Plazas are incredibly vibrant, and not just on game days. Most members of our community walk through and pause at these plazas almost daily and now, thanks to the wonderful gift of the Gabelli family, we can sustain and enhance them even further."