Making A Difference 2018
April 25, 2018 - 6 pm

Making A Difference 2017 was an extraordinary event!

More than 240 people attended the event at our beautiful new venue - San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame!

Keynote speaker Alison Vorsatz '98 inspired everyone in the room - you could hear a pin drop during her magnetic and powerful speech. Please click HERE or on the photo below to hear her inspiring speech!

Please click HERE to see photos from the night of the event!

As of April 6, 2017 we have raised
$264,713 for Making A Difference.

In addition, at the event, $100,000 was donated to start
The Vorsatz Family Award in Loving Memory of Arica Vorsatz '00.

This brings our total raised through
Making A Difference to $364,713!

Help us reach a new goal of $375,000 for Mercy students!

Click here to make a gift

Making A Difference is not just about providing financial aid, it is about providing an opportunity for a young girl to attend Mercy, an opportunity which can change her life forever.

Sponsorship Levels:

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley Sponsor**
$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor**
$5,000+ Gold Sponsor**
$2,500+ Silver Sponsor*
$1,500 Presidential Sponsor*

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
• Six reserved seats at Making a Difference
$500+ Blue & White Sponsor
• Four reserved seats at Making a Difference
$250+ Crusader Sponsor
• Two reserved seats at Making a Difference

All Sponsors will receive recognition on Mercy’s website, in the printed program, publications and event signage.

For additional information, please contact Mary Lund, Director of Advancement at 650-762-1190 or


Making A Difference is not just about providing financial aid, it is about providing an opportunity for a young girl to attend Mercy, an opportunity which can change her life forever.

Mercy High School has always offered tuition assistance to our students. This commitment allows us to fulfill our mission of educating young women of all economic backgrounds. However, rising costs and a challenging economy make it difficult for many families to afford a Mercy education. This program is a crucial source of funding for our tuition assistance program. Funding for Mercy’s tuition assistance comes from individual donations, foundations, grants, endowment interest and the “Making A Difference” Program.

Through “Making A Difference,” we have raised over $1,700,000 for tuition assistance. The Benefit is underwritten by the Board of Directors; 100% of all sponsorships and donations directly assist girls in need of financial aid. We began this program in 2004 raising a little under $25,000 the first year with 51 guests. Making A Difference has grown to be a signature event at Mercy drawing a sell-out crowd of 230 guests and raising nearly $282,000 in 2016.

As the event has grown, we are excited to have a new location which will allow more guests to attend.

Please join us at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame for an amazing evening.

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Making A Difference.

Donations of all amounts deeply appreciated.

Making A Difference sponsors

The Benefit is generously underwritten by the Board of Directors;
100% of all sponsorships and donations directly benefit girls in need of financial assistance.
Sponsors listed as of 4/03/17

Mercy High School Board of Directors

Penny Stack Alexander '78
Kelli Benz
Pauline Borghello, RSM
Judy Cannon, RSM
Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81
Patricia Flanagan '65
Bart Gaul
Bob Grassilli, Chair
Karen Hanrahan, Head of School
Alan Maffei
Brandy M. M. Navarro '98
Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM
Clare Pool Purpura '75
Caroline Romeo

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley Sponsor

Norbert and Inger Bischofberger
The Carl and Celia Gellert Foundation

$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor

Penny (Stack '78) and Matt Alexander
Clare (Pool '75) and Andy Purpura
The Thomas Family

$5,000+ Gold Sponsor

Bank of America
The Drum Foundation
Bob Grassilli
Bonnie J. Howitson
Vasant and Sumati Prabhu

$2,500+ Silver Sponsor

Peter and Kelli Benz
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Wayne and Catherine Dunleavy Rosaia '72
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
David and Patricia Price Willis '58
Aileen Whelan '76

$1,500+ Presidential Sponsor

John and Melinda Adams
Mary Ann Button '72
Mary Louise Castillo
James Collins and Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Gail Bonalanza DeRanieri '59
Kevin and Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81
Joan and Paul Fitzpatrick
Bart Gaul and Carol Cafferkey Gaul '81
Junipero Serra High School
Jerry Krause and Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Mercy High School Alumnae Association
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Mid West
Scott and Martha Ann Milliken
Daniel and Brandy M. Martinez Navarro '98
Connie Romeo

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor

Irene Garibaldi Aubright '46
James Blue and Laura Gillard Blue '85
Peggy Andrews '68 and Norm Brod
Carla Lovi Brosnan '68
The Beck Family
Charlie and Noreen Dougherty
Jacqueline Legorreta Erdman '75
Mary Lou Bisagno Flocchini '52
Steve and Dorothy Heinrichs
Patrick and Jane Hitchcock
Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Inc.
Stephen and Maria Leaf
Charles and Patricia Micchelli
Susan (Lepine '59) and Ronald Morro
Sarah and Michael Murphy
Brian and Kim Nappi
Robert and Jackie O'Donnell
Michael and Nancy Popa
Sr. Janet Ruffing '63
Paul and Patty Vorsatz
Wells Fargo Bank

$500+ Blue & White Sponsor

Angela Conde Barton '89
Pauline T. Bertolino
Elizabeth Brosnan '69
Burlingame Hills Improvement Association
Ix Chen
Benjermin and Denise Colombo
Patricia Flanagan '66
Bart and Carol (Cafferkey '85) Gaul
Inez Gonzalez '90
Catherine Grabinski '86
Mary Lou (Daly '66) amd Sandy Harris
Darrell Justus
Stacey Longwich '98
Laverne Barret-Marzalek and Ed Marzalek
Patricia McAdoo '65
Mary Burke Morris '58
Kathryn Mountain
Mercedes and Juan Navarro
Joe Neswek and Jane Cavagnaro Unger '78
Karen and Michael Samn
Lorraine Mozzini Sbragia '58
Jason Szeman and Karyn Demartini Szyman '88
Doug and Beverly Takizawa
Gina DeRanieri Wiebe '84

$250+ Crusader Sponsor

Ronald and Sandra Albers
Betty Battaglia
Pauline Bertolino
Robert and Jacque Bigelow
Patricia and Charles Bradley
Pat Casey
Melanie Meisel Cirigliano '73
Mary Jo. Dungan Compton '64
Greg and Martha Dannis
Patricia Dassios '97
Kevin Domecus and Laura Brucken
Patricia Flanagan '65
Margaret Kane Jung '68
many and Hani Kaileh
Joe and Lisa Larratt
Lei Li
Catherine Mariani '12
Lorin Flynn and Jack Marsal
Carol and John Fraher
Karen Hanrahan
Darrell Justus
Hani and Mary Kaileh
Mary and Lars J. Lund
Alan and Patricia Maffei
Marian Marsili '71
Ana Gloria Rodriguez-Wilkinson '86
Lynne Rosaia '69
Lorraine Mozzini Sbragia '60
Karyn DeMartini Szeman '88
Michele O'Connor Tyler '68
Barbara Bushnell Vigil '61
Mimi Ottoboni Wall '69
Hazel Stegar Walton '63
Rick and Gale Winningham
Valiant and Gretchen Wong
Daisy Young

Honorary Committee

Amy Bayley, RSM ‘68
Norbert and Inger Bischofberger
Marguerite Buchanan, RSM
Clifton Clark
Rosann Fraher, RSM
Father Michael Mahoney, OFM, Capuchin, OLA
Martha Ann and Scott Milliken, DDS
Lorraine Welch Paul '68
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
Janet Rozzano, RSM
Father John Ryan, St. Catherine of Sienna
Vasant and Sumati Prabhu
Casey Sternsmith ‘99
Sandi Stoppoloni
Karyn DeMartini Szeman '88
Linda Thomas
Aileen Whelan MD ‘76

Steering Committee

Kelli Benz
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72, Chair
Joan Fitzpatrick
Stacey Longwich ‘98
Mary Lund
Clare Pool Purpura '75
Caroline Romeo

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