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Office of Development | The Shannon Challenge

Trinity Announces the Philip and Mary J. McMahon Shannon ’60 Challenge!

In celebration of her 50th Reunion, Mary J. McMahon Shannon and husband Philip have extended a challenge to the Classes of 1960 through 1964 to bring support for Trinity to a new level.

The Philip and Mary J. McMahon Shannon ’60 Challenge matches all gifts to Trinity made by members of the Classes of 1960 through 1964 from July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010, to a maximum of $350,000.

Why now? The Shannons’ reasons are many, including a celebration of Mary’s 50th Reunion, but also a desire to recognize and to continue Trinity’s unique and powerful mission to educate. Mary’s life has truly been shaped by her Trinity years – both in the classroom and out – as she experienced the academic rigors of an outstanding faculty, strengthened her faith and built friendships that remain 50 years later. Trinity has played a large part in the woman she is today, and is also ingrained in her family: two sisters also call Trinity alma mater – Kathleen McMahon Dooley ’61 and Nora McMahon Glover ’64.

This generous support comes at a pivotal time. Counter to the decreasing number of women’s institutions, Trinity’s enrollment is increasing, by leaps and bounds. Education of women is still a priority, and today’s students need top faculty, new technologies and upgraded facilities if they are to achieve and maintain a competitive edge.

In a letter to these classes, Mary and Phil wrote, “We believe in Trinity and the difference that it continues to make for new generations. The world has changed in 50 years, but Trinity’s commitment to the Catholic ideals of community service and social justice has not changed. The vision of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is clear. The work of Trinity must be supported.”

Learning of the Shannons’ initiative, President McGuire responded, “This is such a magnificent gift, and just the right kind of gift at this moment in Trinity’s history.  What a terrific idea, and how deeply grateful I am to you for seeing this need and responding so generously.”

Read about the Shannon Challenge’s successful finish!


Contact the Development office at 202-884-9720, or by email at development@trinitydc.edu. Trinity is a 501(C)3 non-profit educational organization. More contact info.

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