Beet Week

Beet Week
April 19-23, 2021

Celebrating our philanthropic roots

Beet Week is an annual event that brings together the Carey network of students and faculty to celebrate graduating students’ transition to alumni status and honor the philanthropic legacy of William P. Carey.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations invites Carey students, faculty, and staff to a week-long celebration, featuring exciting events, trivia, prizes, and fun. Students will better understand William P. Carey’s dedication to beet farmers and discover ways to carry on the proud legacy of William P. Carey.

Beet Week Sneak Peek

Are you eager for Beet Week? So are we!

Join us for a first look to learn more about activities scheduled for this year’s celebration as well as an opportunity to network with alumni and students. Also, don’t miss the chance to submit your donation early to receive an exclusive Beet Week bonus gift.   

Connect with your peers and members of the Carey community for an early preview of our annual Beet Week celebration. Learn about the importance of the Beet Week story as we get excited for the upcoming festivities with a fun networking activity.                      

Wednesday, February 10:             The Professional Dilemma Workshop

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET                       You are invited to an interactive session featuring elite alumni thought leaders across business sectors. Join us for an open-exchange of perspectives as we investigate the real-world scenarios they are facing in their industries and share your own experiences to gain insights from these seasoned professionals. Space is limited. CLICK HERE to register.

Thursday, February 11:                  Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Join members of the Carey community for an energizing scavenger hunt from the comfort of your own home. Compete to locate and snap a photo of items that best fits specified prompts before time runs out. Check back here on February 11th to join the game. All submissions will be entered for a chance to receive an exclusive Beet Week prize.

*Submissions due by end of day on February 11th.

2021 Beet Week – Schedule of Events

*All outlined events/activities are currently tentative.

Monday, April 19:             Beet Week Kick-off with Dean Alex Triantis

Tuesday, April 20:            Carey Fest – Tasting around the World

Wednesday, April 21:      Beet Week: Carey Pride Day and Staying Connected: Engaging with Carey & Hopkins after Graduation

Thursday, April 22:           The Business “Why” for Philanthropy – Featured Speaker Event and Annual Beet Bash Celebration

Friday, April 23:                Wellness Wrap-up

Don’t forget to sign up to be a Beet Week ambassador to contribute your own ideas for activities and to be the first to learn about scheduled events.  Email us at if you are interested.

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.

Make Your Beet Week Donation

Beet Week celebrates the philanthropic roots of the Carey Business School. You are encouraged to begin your own philanthropy legacy by making a gift today.


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