Giving Tuesday, the social media day of philanthropy, took place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, over a 24-hour period and it was a record-setting day for St. Mary’s College of Maryland. While totals are still being calculated, at last count 649 donations catapulted the total amount raised to $152,231, more than $86,000 over last year’s total. The drive was focused on positioning students for success, scholarships, academic enrichment, and the St. Mary’s Fund.
“This was a tremendous example of our community – students, alumni, friends, board members, staff, and faculty – coming together to support the students and provide opportunities that enhance their experiences both within and beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, president, St. Mary’s College. “It was a privilege to witness and experience Seahawk Pride done the St. Mary’s Way!”
The most generous gift came from St. Mary’s College Associate Dean of Academic Services Donald Stabile who pledged a $66,000 dollar-for-dollar match.
Throughout the day, gifts were unlocked as milestones were met: Eric Kuhl ’82 and Robin Jenkins ’81 pledged $1,000 at 150 donors; Sandy Leitner ’89 and Joe Szymanski ’84 pledged $1,000 at 200 donors; Harry Weitzel (The Weitzel Men and Women) pledged $1,000 at 275 donors; Jeanne Brady Saum ’88 and Jack Saum ’89 pledged $2,500 at 300 donors; Erik Norland ’96 pledged $2,500 at 350 donors; Laraine and Bill Glidden pledged $5,000 at 400 donors; and Donna L. West ‘76 pledged $5,000 at 500 donors.
“I also want to take the time to acknowledge the individuals who provided challenge opportunities that really served to enhance the participation rate and dollars raised as well as provide boosts of energy for the students, alumni, and staff who worked the event throughout the day. Their thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated,” said Dr. Jordan.