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.

2021 Schedule of Events

*All events/activities are currently tentative. Registration links forthcoming. 

Monday, April 19
  • Week Kick-off with Dean Alex Triantis
Tuesday, April 20
  • Carey Fest – Tasting around the World
Wednesday, April 21
  • Beet Week: Carey Pride Day
  • Staying Connected: Engaging with Carey & Hopkins after Graduation
Thursday, April 22
  • The Business “Why” for Philanthropy – Featured Speaker Event
  • Annual Beet Bash Celebration
Friday, April 23
  • Wellness Wrap-up

Sign up to be a Beet Week ambassador! Contribute your own ideas for activities and to be the first to learn about scheduled events.  Email us at if you are interested.

Show your spirit! Use these custom Beet Week Zoom backgrounds throughout the 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.

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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