Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.
Reservations Required
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame

Making A Difference 2017

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Chair: Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72

Keynote Speaker: Alison Vorsatz '98

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

$150 - Individual Ticket

*Sponsors of $1,500 and above may choose to have a reserved table of 10 at the Making A Difference Benefit

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

Watch our 2016 video - be inspired!


Why Making a Difference?

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 sponsorship's and donations directly assists 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.

You can change a life....
join us at Making A Difference.

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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 1/31/17

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
Marriott San Francisco Airport Waterfront

$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor

Penny (Stack '78) and Matt Alexander
The Thomas Family

$5,000+ Gold Sponsor

Drum Foundation
Bob Grassilli
Bonnie J. Howitson
Vasant and Sumati Prabhu
Clare (Pool '75) and Andy Purpura
The Thomas Family

$2,500+ Silver Sponsor

Peter and Kelli Benz
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
David and Patricia Price Willis '58
Aileen Whelan '76

$1,500 Presidential Sponsor

John and Melinda Adams
Mary Louise Castillo
Kevin and Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81
Joan and Paul Fitzpatrick
Junipero Serra High School
Scott and Martha Ann Milliken

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor

Peggy Andrews '68 and Norm Brod
The Beck Family
Charlie and Noreen Dougherty
Jacqueline Legorreta Erdman '75
Patrick and Jane Hitchcock
Susan (Lepine '59) and Ronald Morro
Daniel and Brandy M. Martinez Navarro '98
Robert and Jackie O'Donnell
Michael and Nancy Popa
Wells Fargo

$500+ Blue & White Sponsor

Elizabeth Brosnan '69
Burlingame Hills Improvement Association
Ix Chen
Benjermin and Denise Colombo
Patricia Flanagan '66
Bart and Carol (Cafferkey '85) Gaul
Mary Lou (Daly '66) amd Sandy Harris
Stacey Longwich '98
Joe and Jane (Unger '78) Neswek
Karen and Michael Samn

$250+ Crusader Sponsor

Greg and Martha Dannis
Patricia Dassios '97
Kevin Domecus and Laura Brucken
Carol and John Fraher
Karen Hanrahan
Darrell Justus
Mary and Lars J. Lund
Lorraine Mozzini Sbragia '60
Rick and Gale Winningham
Valiant and Gretchen Wong

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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