Development hosted three major events over the weekend

Alumni, Parent 'Ambassadors' Rallied

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Boston College's fund-raising "ambassadors" were honored by the University, and presented with an in-depth look at BC and its development efforts, at a series of events last weekend.

The Development Office hosted the semi-annual meeting of the Boston College National Development Board, a dinner honoring distinguished volunteer fund-raisers, and a Leadership Day for Fides and President's Circle donors.

Associate Director of Development for Annual Gifts David Vigneron said a common theme of the events was the importance of alumni and parent volunteers to Boston College development efforts.

"The success of fund-raising at Boston College is directly attributable to the work of volunteers," said Vigneron. "They act as 'ambassadors' for Boston College: They're out speaking to people about the University and the need for financial support."

Some 200 invited guests attended a Distinguished Volunteers Tribute Dinner at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston on May 1 to see friends of Boston College honored for their fund-raising efforts.

Rattigan Professor of English John Mahoney captivated a Leadership Day audience in Gasson 100 with a presentation on "Religion and the Arts: Poetry, Theater and Fiction" on May 2. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Honorees included William J. Sullivan Jr. '60, who received the Philip J. Callan Sr. '25 Memorial Award for perseverance in the cause of Boston College advancement; Megan Carroll Shea '89, JD '92, who received the Rising Star Award, given to a younger graduate who has shown exceptional leadership in advancement; and Stephen C. Lang '73, Daniel Foley '55, and Carolyn Foley '56, whose service as class agents was recognized with the John J. Griffin Sr. '35, Hon. '72 Award.

Law School honors were presented at the dinner to William A. McCormack '64, JD '67, who received the Rev. Francis J. Nicholson, SJ, Award; and to Michael J. Puzo '74, JD '77, who was presented with the Rev. James B. Malley, SJ, Award.

Earlier that day, more than 40 members of the Boston College National Development Board - who assist the University in in securing gifts of $50,000 or more - gathered in the Conte Forum Shea Room to hear an overview of University activities and fund-raising efforts. Presenters included NDB Chairman and University Trustee Patrick Carney; University President William P. Leahy, SJ; Drucker Professor of Management Sciences Alicia Munnell; Thomas C. Rogerson, vice president of State Street Global Advisors Investment Management Group; Trustee Gregory Barber, chairman of the Fides Society; Trustee Thomas P. O'Neill III, chairman of the President's Circle; and Michael Argyelan '72, the Parents' Council fundraising chairman.

On May 2, the inaugural Leadership Day for Fides and President's Circle donors drew some 275 guests to campus for a range of special events and family activities. These included lectures by Rattigan Professor of English John L. Mahoney and Prof. Emeritus Thomas H. O'Connor (History), a luncheon with Fr. Leahy, Mass at St. Mary's Chapel and workshops on the Ignatian mission in higher education. Other events were tours of the McMullen Museum of Art, sports clinics for youngsters and a baseball game between BC and the University of Connecticut.

The Fides Society, comprising donors who give between $1,000 and $4,999 to Boston College annually, currently has some 250 members. The President's Circle, with about 100 members, is made up of donors who contribute at least $5,000 each year.

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