Over 1,500 contribute to "Give a Mask, Get a Mask" initiative

October 2, 2020

By Anna Brennan-Curry

Throughout the month of September, Saint Anselm College conducted its "Give a Mask, Get a Mask" initiative, raising money for a variety of student-centered causes while providing a custom-branded face mask for all students, faculty, staff, and members of the monastic community.

students wearing masks while social distancing in front of alumni hall with dr. favazza
Photo Credit: Jason Kolnos

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to those alumni, parents, members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and monastic community members who supported important initiatives such as the Hawks Soar Higher Fund, the Anselmian Student Relief Fund, the Ernie Thorne ’34 Scholarship Fund for Racial Equality, and the Saint Anselm Fund,” shared President Joseph A. Favazza. “Your generous giving directly impacts the lives of our students and for that, we are deeply grateful.”

With an initial goal of providing a mask to each of the 2,000-plus Saint Anselm students on campus, a total of 1,510 donors raised over $85,000 to benefit athletics and other programs at the college. This included $10,500 for the Anselmian Student Relief Fund, and almost $5,500 for the Ernie Thorne '34 Scholarship Fund for Racial Equality.

“I am grateful for the college, alumni and, families who donated so we too can stay safe while on campus,” shares Caroline O’Brien ’22.

After eclipsing the 1,000 donor-mark with just a few days left in the campaign, the college unlocked a revised goal – the new challenge was to reach 1,500 total gifts and provide a face mask to faculty, staff, and members of the monastic community. Surpassing that goal late Wednesday evening, 683 additional masks will be provided to all current college employees.

"The 'Give a Mask, Get a Mask' program was a tremendous success and exceeded our expectations," remarked Daron Montgomery, Director of Athletics at Saint Anselm. "We are grateful for our colleagues in College Advancement who helped us bolster participation from alumni and former student-athletes."

Dr. Favazza and members of the college's senior leadership team began student mask distribution on Wednesday. Masks for donors are in the process of being shipped while those earmarked for faculty, staff, and members of the monastic community will be distributed in the coming weeks.

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