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TAC Parents Help Raise More than
$300k for 2020 Day of Giving!

Posted: May 4, 2020

On May 1, 2020 — a day when the Dow dropped 622 points — Thomas Aquinas College parents helped raise $327,686 for student financial aid.

“We began the 2020 Parent Day of Giving doubtful that we would reach our $125,000 matching-gift challenge, given the financial hardships so many are experiencing,” says Robert Bagdazian, coordinator of the Thomas Aquinas College Parents' Association. “In the end, we far exceeded that goal.” 

Over the course of the annual event, held on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, TAC parents and grandparents — plus more than 100 alumni, who made gifts in their parents’ honor — gave $202,686. When that total is combined with $125,000 in matching gifts from anonymous benefactors, the Parent Day of Giving generated $327,686 for student financial aid. 

“Our parents increased their giving from last year’s Parent Day of Giving by more than 40 percent,” says Mr. Bagdazian. “The gifts came steadily all day Friday, then accelerated at the end, reflecting a widespread commitment to finish strong.” Even well after parents surpassed their $125,000 goal around 5:00 p.m., the giving continued well into the weekend.

“I was struck by the way TAC parents rallied, not only to aid the College’s financial-aid program, but to aid one another,” says Mr. Bagdazian. “Parents were supporting other parents — both those who may not be able to make tuition payments and those who were unable to contribute financially to the Day of Giving. They were also offering prayers for each other’s intentions during this difficult time.” 

The day was a tremendous success in ways well beyond the funds raised for Catholic liberal education. 

“Although literally isolated and thousands of miles apart, we came together in a way that reflects the extraordinary generosity and goodness of the people who make up this community,” says Mr. Bagdazian. “We are grateful to all who participated, both through their prayers and their gifts, and especially to our patron, St. Joseph, for his heavenly intercession!”