Artist Pete Ippel Featured in Living Bond Society Newsletter

The international social fraternity, Phi Delta Theta recently interviewed Artist/Athlete Pete Ippel in regards to his unique philanthropic gift. Feel free to download and read the Living Bond Society Newsletter – Fall Winter 2009.

Pete’s gift to the Fraternity is quite unique. In addition to naming Phi Delta Theta as a beneficiary of an IRA, he plans on providing Phi Delta Theta with artwork. After reminiscing about the Fraternity house at Cornell—the plaques on each of the doors with names of past tenants, the knight statue, and so on—Brother Ippel decided to donate his artwork as a nest egg to pass forward.

“I may not have huge stacks of cash to donate but I do have huge confidence in my art…,” he says.

“It’s like buying stock in [myself]. I’m a talented artist—here’s the artwork I made at a particular time in my life and it’s a gift.” With his apparent zest and love of life, Pete Ippel has proudly joined the Living Bond Society.

“Phi Delta Theta has been such a great experience for me,” he says, “that I want to support it and keep it going for those that come after me.”

During his tenure at Cornell University, Pete’s efforts with the social advocacy group Renaissance and the New York Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta resulted in many positive changes on campus including development of the CU Tonight Commission, creation of concerts and a greater variety of activities (Slope Fest) during the Slope Day celebration, and establishment of the first alcohol-free fraternity housing on Cornell University’s campus.

Published by Pete Ippel

Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001. In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally. Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time. As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.

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