Beet Week

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Beet Week is an annual multi-day event that celebrates graduating students and brings the Carey community together.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations thanks Carey students, alumni, faculty, and staff for a wonderful 2022 Beet Week!

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Behind the beet


The simple sugar beet is a profound metaphor of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and its benefactor, William P. Carey’s commitment to advancing society. In the 1940s and 1950s, Colorado and Kansas farmers grew sugar beets for the National Sugar Manufacturing Company. William P. Carey’s family was a minority stockholder in the company for decades. Due to global price wars, the company was forced to liquidate in 1966, leaving farmers to absorb their losses.

At the time, a young Carey, whose $50 million gift would later establish Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2007, was not in a financial position to aid the farmers, but he never forgot their plight. Although not legally responsible for the debts, he pledged to make the situation whole.

Twenty years later, after contacting every one of the 80 farming families involved, William P. Carey repaid the $250,000 debt in full. Responsibility. Integrity. Dedication. Humanity. These are the cornerstones of Beet Week as embodied by the actions of our benefactor and the mission of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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