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May 2023 45th Reunion Gift Recap

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What a terrific Reunion we had in May! More than 80 classmates and guests gathered in South Hadley where we had a delightful time connecting with old friends and making new ones while enjoying the gorgeous Mount Holyoke campus. And it was wonderful that even more classmates were able to join us virtually for some of our Reunion festivities.

We are thrilled to announce that our 45th Reunion Gift to The Mount Holyoke Fund totaled $257,584 – exceeding our $250,000 goal for the year. We raised $252,584 in gifts from 166 classmates and earned $5,000 in challenge funds during the March4MHC campaign. And, in the five years since our 40th Reunion, our class raised more than $1,730,000 for all MHC funds! Thank you and brava Class of 1978!

Our 2023–2024 Mount Holyoke Fund Plans

We are very grateful to all of you who made gifts in honor of our 45th Reunion. We’re just about to start the first year of our five-year 50th Reunion cycle. Our goals for the 2023-2024 Mount Holyoke Fund are to raise $200,000 with 40% class participation. These are ambitious goals, and we will need your help to achieve them. The first Mount Holyoke Fund appeal for this fiscal year will be coming out in October. Look for the fall appeal in your inbox and mailbox and make your Mount Holyoke Fund gift right away!

We will keep you posted right here on our class Mount Holyoke Fund progress during the year. Be on the lookout for special events throughout the year. March4MHC will be here before we know it!

The Mount Holyoke Fund

Your gift to The Mount Holyoke Fund has a direct effect on every aspect of campus life — providing funds to recruit and retain the best faculty, financially supporting students, updating state-of-the-art learning environments, and keeping Mount Holyoke’s 800-acre campus beautiful. Your Mount Holyoke Fund gift truly supports the College’s highest priorities by providing funds necessary to help the College cover its current operating expenses.

Giving to The Mount Holyoke Fund is the way that most of us support MHC. Here’s some basic information about The Mount Holyoke Fund and how your Mount Holyoke Fund gift can be tailored to your specific interests and circumstances.

Ready to make your Mount Holyoke Fund gift right now?

Do you have a specific interest or a specific area that you would like to support through your Mount Holyoke Fund gift? You can direct your Mount Holyoke Fund gift to more than a dozen specific destinations. Some of the gift destinations popular with our classmates include:

  • Wherever Mount Holyoke Needs It Most
  • Athletics
  • Campus Preservation
  • Library & Archives
  • Scholarships (General, First Generation, Frances Perkins, International)
  • Student Safety Net Fund
  • Technology & Teaching Tools
  • Click here to see the full list of gift destinations.

How do you want to make your gift?

  • You can make a one-time gift by check or credit card or PayPal.
  • You can make a pledge and pay whenever you want before the end of the fiscal year.
  • You can make a pledge and set up automatic monthly payments to fulfill your pledge before the end of the fiscal year.
  • You can become a Sustaining Donor and have the amount you select automatically charged to your credit card once a month until you discontinue the charge.
  • You can make a gift of stock or a gift from your donor advised fund.
  • Click here to learn more about all the ways to make a Mount Holyoke Fund gift.

Click here for more general information about the Mount Holyoke Fund.

Giving Societies

Mount Holyoke has three Giving Societies to recognize those whose generosity ensures that “Mount Holyoke forever shall be.”

The Laurel Chain Society honors the loyalty of donors who make gifts to Mount Holyoke (of any amount, to any fund) for three consecutive years, including a gift in the current fiscal year. Membership is retained by supporting the College each fiscal year. At the end of the 2023 fiscal year, we had 119 Laurel Chain Society members. Start making annual gifts to the College and, in just three years, you will become a member of the Laurel Chain Society!

The Cornerstone Society recognizes donors who make gifts of $1,837 or more to Mount Holyoke for any purpose each year. During 2022-2023, more than two dozen classmates made Cornerstone Gifts in honor of our 45th Reunion.

The Mary Lyon Society — founded in 1974 — honors those who have named the College as the beneficiary of a will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy, or have established a life income gift with the College. Thirty members of our class are currently members of The Mary Lyon Society. If you have included the College in your estate plan but have not yet notified the Development Office, please do so that you can become a member of the Mary Lyon Society.

The 1978 Class Agent Volunteer Team

Head Class Agents  

Robin Wilcox Brooksbank

Tara Fitzpatrick

Marianne DePatie Fouhey

Class Agents

Laura Coen Barnard

Catherine Burke 

Mary Jane Doyle Driscoll

Lucy Effron

Carla Mayer Glasser

Lynn Kelly

Patrice McCarthy Kirshbaum

Mo Kuhn 

Mary Griffin Metz

Natalie Olsen 

Mindy Phelps

Aleit Richter

Nancy Rosoff

Kathy Sharkey 

Nancy Shera

Megan Vaught

Cathy Anway Walgenbach

Ann Simson Watkins

Diane Daniel Whitaker

Various alums


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