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Campaign reaches $290 million of $400 million goal

photo of the class of 1951Boston 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 '63.

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.

Photo: 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. Photo by Jet Photo.

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