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TAC Parents to Hold Day of Giving
in Honor of St. Joseph on May 1

Posted: April 29, 2020

Every year on May 1 — the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker — the parents and grandparents of Thomas Aquinas College students past and present hold the Parent Day of Giving in support of the College’s financial-aid needs. This year, to inspire yet more generosity, two anonymous benefactors have promised to match all gifts up to $125,000 total.

“St. Joseph is the patron of the Thomas Aquinas College Parents’ Association,” explains Robert Bagdazian, the association’s director, “because we aspire to care for the needs of the College’s students in the same quiet, tireless way that St. Joseph protected and provided for the Holy Family.”

Remarkably, given the financial difficulties so many families face at the moment, parents have already given more than half of this year’s goal — $76,052 — via early-bird gifts, even though the Day of Giving does not formally occur until Friday. 

“That so many would step up during this time of uncertainty is a wonderful testament to the devotion of TAC parents and our gratitude for what this education has done for our children,” says Mr. Bagdazian. “Together we are putting forth an effort worthy of St. Joseph’s name and reflective, no doubt, of his intercession.”

The needs of the College’s students, heading into the next academic year, are great. “This is a time of trial for our students, who had to leave campus early, who face diminished prospects of finding summer employment, and many of whose families are undergoing financial hardship,” Mr. Bagdazian observes. “Thanks to the Parent Day of Giving matching-gift challenge, we are well positioned to help them.”

Of course, this is a moment of trial for many parents, too. “We do not expect any of our parents in hardship to contribute monetarily, but we do ask for your prayers, and we promise our prayers in return,” he says. “For those of us parents who can give at this time, in solidarity with our fellow parents who can't, let us be as generous as possible.”

Alumni who would like to contribute in the names of their parents, both living and deceased, can do so via a special Parent Day of Giving Page for Alumni.

St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us!

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Parents Day of Giving May 1 2020
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“My time here has really refined the way I think, read, and understand. It has allowed me to think about things more critically and logically.”

– Thomas Cavanaugh (’18)

Larkspur, California

“I thank you so much for what you are doing at Thomas Aquinas College. I hope there will always be a Thomas Aquinas College. Your contributions to the Church and the world are marvelous to behold.”

– John Cardinal O’Connor (†)

Archbishop of New York