wrapped up a successful year by raising $82,076,086 in pledges and
$56,626,591 in cash, bringing the total amount reached by the Ever
to Excel Campaign to $372.8 million, against the overall goal of
$400 million. The Boston College Fund's Fides Society had a total
of 2,956 gifts of $1,000 to $4,999; the President's Circle had 500
gifts of $5,000 to $9,999; and the Gasson Society had 626 gifts
of $10,000 or more. The Reunion Gift Program raised $16,936,872,
which is the second-largest reunion total in the University's history.
The President's Circle reached the milestone of 500 gifts for the
first time in its 20-year history. "We have enjoyed tremendous success
this year in both increasing our membership and the dollar amount
raised by President's Circle members," said President's Circle executive
committee chair Susan McManama Gianinno '70.
Gianinno and the executive committee launched a number of new initiatives,
including the Presidential Perspective program and a series of breakfasts
at which current and prospective members were invited to network.
President's Circle gifts provide funding for various needs and programs
such as tuition grants, junior faculty research grants, and religious
and developmental retreats for students.
The 5th, 20th, and 25th reunion classes all raised the bar for future
reunion classes at Boston College. The 5th reunion Class of 1997
was led by gift chair ReRe Petrillo-Corcoran and raised $178,000
for the University. The Class of 1982's 20th reunion gift chair
Patricia Flaherty led her class to a total of $1,648,523.
The Class of 1977's 25th Reunion gift chair, Leo Vercollone, spurred
his class on to raise $2.7 million for Boston College. As a part
of this effort, the Class established the William G. Minardi '77
Memorial Scholarship Fund, which recognizes their classmate killed
in the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11. The
scholarship was announced at the Loyalty Luncheon: A Celebration
with the President (see photo and caption, above) during Reunion
Weekend. Minardi's wife, brother, and sister were in attendance.
Members of the 25th Reunion Gift Committee for the Class of 1977,
from left: Leo Vercollone (chair), Tom Sullivan, and Jennifer Lynch,
with President William P. Leahy, SJ. The occasion was the Loyalty
Luncheon: A Celebration with the President, held during Reunion
Weekend. The Class of 1977 raised $2.7 million for its reunion gift,
including a special fund established to honor the memory of classmate
William G. Minardi, who died in the collapse of the World Trade
Center towers on September 11, 2001.
Photo: Justin Knight