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 weeklong celebration, featuring exciting events, trivia, prizes, food, 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.
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.
Give to Carey
William P. Carey is a profound example of the mission and philosophy of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and it is a legacy to be proud of and a part of. Make your gift today.
Past Beet Week events include:
Kickoff celebration. Join the dean and senior leadership to celebrate the start of Beet Week, and learn the legacy of William P. Carey.
Coffee stand. Start your day with a hot cup of coffee or tea and pick up your Carey Beet Week mug.
Philanthropy booth. Take your first step as part of William P. Carey’s philanthropic journey and receive exclusive Carey Business School swag.
Carey fest. Celebrate Carey Business School, and take part in this fun fest, including casino games and food.
Game day live. Play games, test your knowledge, and win prizes.
The business “why” for philanthropy. Join alumni and volunteer leaders as they share tools for building what’s next and how philanthropy can enhance your professional skills.
Student leader forum. Join the Alumni Relations team as they share resources and opportunities available post-graduation during this open dialogue breakfast.
Beach bash. Celebrate the end of the week with members of the Carey network. Spouses and partners welcome.