2007-2008 Donor Profiles
Trinity graciously recognizes the alumnae and alumni, parents, friends, organizations, corporations, and foundations that made gifts to Trinity from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. During this period, we received more than $1.7 million in charitable gifts from more than 1,600 donors, including more than 1,500 alumnae and alumni. Gifts supported the Trinity Annual Fund, the Centennial Campaign, and Trinity’s endowment, as well as special projects and scholarships. We are also thankful for the generosity of the members of the Sr. Julia McGroarty Society who have included Trinity in their estate plans.
We thank our benefactors who have made it a priority to support our efforts and especially those of our students. Trinity’s success and promising future depend on the support of many. To our entire Trinity family – our alumnae and alumni, volunteer leadership, contributors, and friends, thank you for your generosity and for all that you do in the name of Trinity.
Anne Wolf Breidenstein ’43: Why I Give
In the years since her graduation, Anne Wolf Breidenstein has taken Trinity’s lessons of social justice and community service to heart, benefiting both community and alma mater. Her generosity of time and treasure has extended to many causes and groups, including service as President of the Alumnae Association of Trinity College.
As her 65th reunion approached, Anne willingly lent her support to the Trinity Annual Fund, encouraging classmates to make a special gift in honor of this momentous reunion. Her leadership resulted in nearly 60% participation by the Class of 1943 for the 2007-2008 Annual Fund.
“The Class of ’43 is grateful to Trinity for being ‘our guiding light’”, Anne told us. “One year we decorated the Well in the Marble Corridor with a large lighted lantern and the motto ‘Trinity – Our Guiding Light’, which it was and will be always.”
Trinity is grateful to Anne Breidenstein for her dedication to Trinity’s mission and service. Her legacy was recognized at Reunion Mass on May 31, 2008, when she received Trinity’s 2008 Julie Billiart Award. This honor recognizes alumnae whose contributions to our society, the Church and alma mater exemplify the ideals of St. Julie – faith, courage, persistence, hope and charity. From her service and leadership with the Alumnae Association to her continued financial support of Trinity, Anne exemplifies the very best of Trinity women.
Barbara Jenemann Mack ’53:
In many ways it is a familiar story – alumnae, when asked about their Trinity years, will speak of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the great sense of faith and community that characterizes their Trinity years. The quality education, intertwined with the Catholic values of social justice and community service, is central, and years later the lessons of the Sisters remain vibrant in the hearts of students.
For Barbara Jenemann Mack ’53, daughter of Mary McNulty Jenemann ’21, the Sisters’ influence extends back to her high school days in Moylan, Pennsylvania. Barbara and her husband Dick recognize the importance of Catholic education and remain committed to Trinity and its mission.
The Macks’ leadership gift to the Centennial Campaign for the Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports is but one expression of their support. Barbara and Dick have also named Trinity as a survivor beneficiary in a charitable remainder trust. Their philosophy is simple: “When you have been blessed in many ways as we have, my husband and I feel you should give back. My years at Trinity were a very special part of my life and continue to be. I want to give a bit of that to others, so that as educated women they can in return help others.
“We are so proud of the way President Pat McGuire has led Trinity to be a well-known institution in Washington, DC. We wish to support her in making education available to all ages and walks of life.”
Planned gifts are one way to ensure a strong future for institutions of higher education. Trinity is grateful to Barbara and Dick Mack for including alma mater in their estate plans. As members of the Century Club, the Macks also support the Trinity Annual Fund, which directly benefits students through support for current operating expenses.
Sally Gleason ’58: Reunion Giving
As time passes and reunions mark the years since graduation, classmates realize more and more the importance of the college experience, the friends and mentors who come to shape our lives in ways we could never imagine on Commencement Day. The gifts of alma mater are recognized, and with the return to campus we see opportunity to bring these gifts to new generations.
For Sally Santen Gleason, a member of the Class of ’58, Reunion 2008 was an opportunity to celebrate long-time friendships and also to take stock of the tremendous impact that Trinity had on her life. When her classmates’ request came to contribute to the 50th Reunion gift, Sally knew that Trinity deserved her support and arranged to make a gift equivalent to the one her husband Tom gave as his 50th reunion gift to Holy Cross.
Her generosity spearheaded the drive toward the largest Reunion class gift in Trinity’s history, as the Class of 1958 joined together to provide nearly $120,000 for the Sr. Helen Sheehan Library. This alumnae support will directly impact the quality of the technological and reference services that Trinity can provide for today’s students.
“I really admire Trinity’s modern approach to education,” Sally related. “It has gone beyond the confines of a small girls’ college, expanding its horizons to reach out to include a diverse and universal population in a variety of traditional as well as progressive educational opportunities. Trinity prepares its students to take their place in the globally-oriented world of today. I know this mission is accomplished on a stringent budget and I feel Trinity deserves our support as much as, or more than, other leading educational institutions. And that’s why, contemplating a Reunion gift, I wanted to give the same amount my husband gave for his 50th reunion.
“Trinity’s education prepared me well for life’s challenges and opportunities, and now that I am able, I want to share my blessings to help it continue to provide these excellent educational opportunities to the young women (and some men) of today.”
The Class of 1958: Reunion Giving
Reunion giving for the Class of 1958’s 50th Reunion celebration reached a record total of $119,885 to the Trinity Annual Fund. Congratulations to the Class of 1958 for their strong support of the Sr. Helen Sheehan Library!
Class of 2003 and
Alumnae Association Support
The Board Members of the Alumnae Association of Trinity College are committed to increasing alumnae involvement, especially among the younger classes. To that end, this year’s Board adopted a five-year plan under which 5th year Reunion classes would receive an Alumnae Association matching gift up to $250 as encouragement to increase Reunion participation, class participation in the Trinity Annual Fund and building active leadership within the class (president, scribe, etc.) The inaugural year of this program resulted in great success for the Class of 2003, in terms of Reunion attendance and gifts to Trinity.
Ernestine Blango ’03 (pictured above, right) helped lead the way for her classmates. “2008 was a year of firsts. I celebrated my first Reunion and became a first time donor….Thanks to the Alumnae Association’s generous contribution, the Class of 2003 had a successful 5th year Reunion that was truly memorable. Their generosity inspired me to follow their example and give back to alma mater.”
Thanks to the Alumnae Association’s mentoring, Trinity welcomes seven new donors to the Annual Fund from the Class of 2003. Congratulations!
AAUW and Selena Robinson ’05: Why I Give
Every fall since 1995, the McLean Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has held increasingly successful used book sales. The proceeds fund scholarships for women currently enrolled at several local universities, including Trinity. In her senior year, Selena Robinson, SPS ’05 received a $1,300 scholarship from the AAUW. She was surprised, delighted and very proud. In the three years since graduation, Robinson has made nine gifts to the Trinity Annual Fund. “I continue to support alma mater because of all the opportunities that Trinity affords its students. I find that using the online giving tool is secure, convenient and easy to use. I also am able to track my donations throughout the year. Giving allows me to make a direct impact as Trinity continues to provide the best education for its current students.”
We are grateful to the McLean Chapter AAUW and Selena Robinson ’05 – stellar examples of the importance of giving back.
Eileen Ryan Lahart ’54 Scholarship Fund:
By their very nature, endowment gifts are lasting gifts. The principal remains intact in perpetuity, while earnings accumulate for use as directed by the donor or institution. When a donor chooses to make an endowed gift, it is with the knowledge that the legacy of this charitable action is a beacon for the future.
In 1994, Eileen Ryan Lahart ’54 and her husband Vern made a gift to Trinity’s endowment to establish the Eileen Ryan Lahart Scholarship Fund. The fund provides tuition assistance for political science majors or students studying in a public policy-related field. While a student at Trinity, Eileen took advantage of being in this wonderful city, and poured her heart and efforts into a presidential campaign, finding the work exhilarating and exciting. “Each year,” she says, “it becomes more obvious that we need educated, intelligent women to enter the political system. We already have Trinity alumnae in high places, and we need more. Women bring a different valuable perspective to the political process. If this scholarship makes that possible, that is reward enough.”
Over the past fourteen years this prestigious scholarship has provided significant tuition assistance to deserving Trinity students. Recent Lahart scholars include: Chrissy Palmer ’08, Intelligence Program Scholar and currently an admissions associate with Washington Theological Union in Washington; Michelle Mitchell ’06, subsequently a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar attending Georgetown Law School on a full scholarship; Rewa Burnham ’05, doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland in the field of English.
Quite simply, today’s students are remarkable achievers whose Trinity education prepares them for lives of service and leadership. Scholarship support makes it all possible. Trinity is grateful to Eileen and Vern Lahart for their investment in Trinity that yields opportunities for new generations.
Trinity is pleased to have the support of the Alumnae Association of Trinity College for several gifts in 2007-2008. In addition to individual gifts to Trinity totaling $29,528, the Board of Directors voted to provide the following restricted gifts: a grant to provide much-needed digital media technology equipment for a wide range of academic programs; and faculty grants for professors in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Professional Studies. Total giving for the Board of Directors and the Association totaled $48,528.