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Alumni Shatter Day of Giving Goal, Krauses Offer Second Matching Pledge

Posted: March 7, 2019

When alumni quickly surpassed last year’s Alumni Day of Giving goal of $10,000, Thomas Aquinas College officials decided to opt for a more ambitious amount in 2019. Yet scarcely halfway through the day, they have had to revise the goal upward yet again.

“This year an anonymous benefactor got us started with a matching gift of $25,000,” says Vice President for Development Paul J. O’Reilly (’84). “We were optimistic that we would meet the challenge, but we never expected to do so by lunchtime!”

As of 12:20 p.m., alumni have contributed $30,504 toward the 2019 Day of Giving. “We are profoundly grateful to all the alumni who have shown such gratitude and affection for our alma mater,” says Dr. O’Reilly.

Not wanting to slow down the momentum, College Governor Thomas Krause and his wife, Cathryn, have just stepped forward with a $10,000 matching gift of their own. “All alumni gifts by the end of the day — up to $35,000 total — will now be matched,” says Dr. O’Reilly. “What a wonderful way for those of blessed to have studied at Thomas Aquinas College to begin our Lenten almsgiving and to honor St. Thomas’ feast day.”

Gifts can be made via the form below. “If you have given, thank you!” says Dr. O’Reilly. “Please encourage your friends, too. We would love to honor the Krauses’ generous pledge by meeting the full amount, and also to overtake Princeton and reclaim our title as the college where the highest percentage of alumni donate!”