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Over $460K raised on Give to St. Kate’s Day 2015

First-year Liz Allen ’19 helped with the morning donation drive-up Brake for Coffee, one of the new GTSKD initiatives.
First-year Liz Allen ’19 helped with the morning donation drive-up Brake for Coffee, one of the new GTSKD initiatives.
Photo by Julie Michener

With gifts ranging from $50 to $50,000 the sixth annual Give to St. Kate’s Day (GTSKD) on November 10 marked one of the most successful events yet.

Over $460,000 was raised by more than 600 donors. A group of generous Challenge Fund donors initiated a dollar for dollar challenge on November 10, with the full $215,000 released.

In addition, over 100 donors met the Happy Hour Challenge and released an extra $10,000 donated by the Sriver Foundation. Telefund caller Bre Johnson ’18 secured the 100th donation from Marian D. ’51 with only ten minutes remaining in the two-hour Happy Hour Challenge.

Two new GTSKD initiatives this year included a Brake for Coffee the morning of the event, and a Chapter Challenge — the region with the most donors won wine for their next Alumnae Chapter event — with Chicago, IL in first place.

“From the alumnae who stopped at the Brake for Coffee, to the students who promoted the event on campus, to our generous donors, the success of Give to St. Kate's Day was a community-wide effort,” says Elizabeth Johnson, director of the Annual Fund.

This year donors had the option of directing their gift into one of three areas: student scholarships, University’s greatest need, or academic excellence. Those who chose academic success were also able to designate which college received their donation – the College for Women, the Graduate College, or the College for Applied and Continuing Learning.

The annual day of giving supports the St. Catherine University Annual Fund — a fund that contributes to student financial aid, academic support, technology, library resources, career counseling and more.

Student needs ongoing

Give to St. Kate's Day funds account for nearly 25 percent of the goal for annual giving, which is $2 million for the current fiscal year. Donors may continue to give to St. Kate's throughout the year. The process is simple and secure—donors can log on to stkate.edu/giveonline and contribute with a credit card.

Nov. 11, 2015 by Sharon Rolenc

See also: Alumnae/i, Faculty, Students