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Benefactor Pledges $25,000 Matching Gift for Alumni Day of Giving, March 7!

Posted: February 28, 2019

Last year College Governor Berni Neal and her husband, Rob, offered to match all alumni donations made to the College on its first annual Alumni Day of Giving, up to $10,000. The alumni responded by giving nearly triple that sum.

“Clearly we need to set our sights even higher,” says Vice President for Development Paul J. O’Reilly, a member of the Class of 1984.

To that end, an anonymous member of the Board has pledged to match all alumni gifts — up to $25,000 — for the Second Alumni Day of Giving, set for March 7, 2019, the anniversary of the death of St. Thomas Aquinas. “We have tremendous confidence that the alumni will achieve this goal,” says Dr. O’Reilly. “And while they’re at it, perhaps they can help us overtake Princeton to reclaim our title as the college where the highest percentage of alumni donate.”

To participate, just complete the Alumni Giving Day Form. The anonymous governor has also generously agreed to match early-bird gifts, so there’s no reason to wait until March 7. However, those who prefer to make their gifts on the actual Feast of St. Thomas, can make use of the scheduling buttons below, which will add a reminder to one’s electronic calendar of choice.

“This is an extraordinary moment in the life of the College,” says Dr. O’Reilly. “By opening a second campus, we are stepping out in faith, trusting that God will provide us with the means to make our program of Catholic liberal education available to more students. I hope that we alumni — who have benefitted from this program, and are indebted to all those who made it possible for us — will do all that we can to help meet the needs of our blessedly growing student body.”

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Alumni Day of Giving 2019
Thomas Esser (’18)

“It’s wonderful how, in the integrated curriculum, everything matches up. You’ll be reading one thing in language class, and then it will come up again in philosophy, and goes on to affect everything you read from then on. You get a deeper understanding of each discipline by seeing how they connect with the others.”

– Thomas Esser (’18)

Chino Hills, California

“The students that have had an opportunity to be part of the life of the College have been enriched by their experience in an environment conducive to achievement. Now in all walks of life, graduates of Thomas Aquinas College are contributing, by following a wide variety of pursuits, to the betterment of society.”

– Renato Raffaele Cardinal Martino

President, Pontifical Council

for Justice and Peace