By meeting a participation challenge through yearlong donations to the Senior Class Gift Campaign, members of the Class of 2012 raised more than $21,000 and received a $100,000 gift from the Lehigh University Parents Council.
"I am so amazed and proud of the Class of 2012 for accepting the 700 donor count challenge and for exceeding that participation goal. It has truly been an honor to help spearhead this unifying effort at Lehigh. Clearly, the Class of 2012 really knows how to go out with a bang!," said Jena Viviano ’12, Senior Class Gift co-chair with Marshall Zhang ’12.
The challenge required more than 700 students from the graduating class to contribute to the campaign before June 30. A total of 712 seniors rose to the challenge and showed their pride and support to Lehigh!
Graduating seniors have displayed their dedication through presenting a senior class gift for decades. This year’s seniors were encouraged to give to what was most meaningful to them. Academic departments, athletics, and club sports were top designations, along with scholarships and financial aid which also benefited from the Parents’ Council $100,000.
Many campus activities were held throughout the year that encouraged class participation including the 100 Days Until Graduation celebration and Thanks for Giving events. Over 200 students who donated $20.12 or more joined the 2012 Club and were invited to a reception with President Gast at her residence.
On Sunday, May 20, the Senior Class Gift Committee celebrated their achievements at a pre-baccalaureate Champagne Reception at Lamberton Hall where over 150 graduates with their families gathered. Alita Friedman ’87, chief brand officer for Ugly Dolls, shared her Lehigh story and why it is important to give back.
Chairs of the Parents’ Council, Rob and Nancy Schatzman ‘ 07P, ’08P, ‘12P, were presented with the senior class gift check for $121,292 that included the $100,000 challenge. Rob led the toast and told the students they did more than answer the call of a challenge, they made the calls themselves-lots of them- and they made their goal.