reaches $290 million of $400 million goal
College rounded out the 2000-01 fund-raising year on a record note,
receiving more than $50 million in cash and more than $83 million
in pledges. The Ever to Excel Campaign continued its upward momentum
with a total of $290 million raised toward the $400 million goal.
"The commitment of alumni, parents, and friends to ensuring Boston
College's leading position in higher education has made this the
most successful year in Boston College history. The generosity demonstrated
by donors and the dedication of volunteers has been tremendous,"
said Patrick Carney '70, chair of the Trustee Committee on Development.
The Boston College Fund enjoyed record levels of membership and
giving. "Parents, alumni, and friends continue to come through for
Boston College with incredible generosity," said Edmund F. Murphy
'84, chair of the Fides Society.
The Fides Society ended the year with 2,965 members, a 16 percent
increase over the previous year. The President's Circle totaled
496 members, while the Gasson Society (formerly President's Circle
Patrons) membership was 589.
"The support and energy of our dedicated volunteers has proven invaluable
to the success of the campaign," said Susan McManama Gianinno '70,
President's Circle chair.
"This has been an exceptional first year for the Gasson Society.
Inaugural-year donors have created a solid foundation on which to
build continuing support of Boston College. Gasson Society members
have provided support to the Ever to Excel Campaign, bringing Boston
College to new heights," said Gasson Society chair Thomas F. Ryan
The Parents' Fund, led by chair Robert C. Woods P'02, '04, contributed
substantially to University fund-raising efforts. Four hundred and
thirty-four Boston College parents made gifts of $1,000 or more,
with more than 2,100 parents making gifts at all levels. Overall,
parents contributed more than $6.9 million to the University.
The Class of 1951 celebrated its 50th reunion by raising nearly
$5.4 million for the University, far surpassing the previous 50th
reunion record of $1,753,528. In attendance at the Celebration of
Loyalty were (from left) Robert J. Jepsen, Jr., James P. Foley,
John J. Bacon, William W. Shine, University President William P.
Leahy, SJ, Patrick E. Roche, James J. Derba, Robert J. O'Keefe,
and Patrick Carney '70, chair of the Trustee Committee on Development.
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