Anselmians Honor Influencers During A Record Setting 7th Annual Days of Giving

April 6, 2021

By Anna Brennan-Curry

On March 30 and 31, 2021, Anselmians took time to honor the influential and often unsung heroes who inspired and influenced their time at Saint Anselm College during the 7th Annual Days of Giving campaign. This year’s campaign raised a record-shattering $1,277,431 from 3,455 donors.

During their time on the Hilltop, Anselmians find their home and meet so many who inspire them. Faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and the monastic community care deeply for the well-being and success of students. In big and small moments, they shape the experiences of Anselmians and make a lasting difference in their lives.

Over the two days of the campaign, Anselmians on and off the Hilltop shared stories, thanked the people who influenced them, and made gifts in their honor to support the programs and initiatives that would allow future students to experience those special moments.

Generous donations to important initiatives such as scholarships, The Lucille Lavoie ’57 Nursing Endowed Fund for Innovations in Teaching Excellence, the Fr. Peter J. Guerin, O.S.B. Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Ernie Thorne ’34 Scholarship Fund for Racial Equality – just to name a few - will impact the lives of our students, faculty, and staff.

There was also a tremendous response to the #HawksSoarHigher athletics challenge led by Daron Montgomery, director of athletics, student-athletes, coaches and staff, where 2,006 donors supported the many varsity sports programs, athletics scholarships, and the new Chris Rodgers ’93 Memorial Men’s Basketball Endowment.

“Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to this year’s Days of Giving, shares President Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D. “This past year, as we’ve banded together through these challenging times, each member of our Hilltop community has proven themselves to be an Anselmian Influencer.”

More Facts and Figures:

  • • In total, 3,455 members of the community donated.
  • • Gifts came in from across campus and the world in denominations ranging from $5 to $100,000.
  • • The total amount raised was more than $1,277,431.
  • • Hundreds of volunteers—including alumni, faculty, staff, monks, parents, and students—assisted by making phone calls, sending emails, taking photos, and spreading the word through social media.

“In my 23 years on the Hilltop, there have been few moments more humbling and inspiring than the extraordinary response from our Anselmian family during our seventh annual Days of Giving,” shares James Flanagan, senior vice president and chief advancement officer. “We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who volunteered and participated by honoring their Anselmian Influencers. Alumni, students, parents, trustees, faculty, staff, and our monastic community alike – each and every one of you made a difference and for that, we are deeply grateful.”

Saint Anselm College would like to thank the generous donors who provided challenge gifts during the campaign: Drs. Joseph A. Favazza and Paddy Cronin Favazza, Matthew ’90 and Erin ’90 Steinaway, Michael ’88 and Patricia ’88 Rockett, Jeffery ’69 and Irene Burke, Jeff Eisenberg, James ’85 and Tracey ’87 Van Hoof, Linda ’87 and Peter ’88 Connly, Paul Casey ’70, George Neary ’70, Karen and Joseph Brisbois P’93, Dixie ’86 and Chris ’86 Douville, Dean Cronin, Dean Gustafson, David Canarie ’78 and Pamela Koonz-Canarie ’80, Patrice Russell ’93, the Class of 1995 Reunion Committee, the Late 80's Challenge Committee, the Class of 1976 Challenge, the yAnselmian Council, Jennifer Wilkins ’91, Megan Licameli ’90, Sheri & Dana Martin P’24, and several anonymous donors.

A special thank you to: Julie O’Connor, assistant vice president, Annual Fund; Ashlee Demers, senior associate director, Annual Fund; Shelagh Daly, associate director, Annual Fund; Moriah Billups, assistant director, Annual Fund; the entire Advancement and Alumni Relations teams; the College Communications and Marketing team; and the Department of Athletics.

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