Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit
Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit
Thursday, April 30, 2020 • 6:00 pm

Mercy...Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

This year we will honor four former Sisters of Mercy Principals with the Catherine McAuley Award: Sr. Marguerite Buchanan, Sr. Janet Rozzano, Sr. Amy Bayley, and Sr. Rosann Fraher. These amazing Sisters span five decades of Mercy leadership, from 1969 to 2003!  

The Keynote Speaker will be Mercy's new Head of School Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D, who will speak about Mercy today and her vision for the future. Our Student Speaker will be Student Body President Zoe Hammer '20.

Mark your calendar!

Making A Difference 2020

Mercy's mission calls us to educate young women of all socioeconomic backgrounds.  Every year the Mercy community comes together for the Making A DifferenceScholarship Benefit, an inspiring evening which raises funds for our tuition assistance program.

Since it began 16 years ago, Making A Difference has raised more than $2.4 million - supporting 1686 girls.  Last year, over 350 people attended the event and funds raised supported nearly 25% of the annual tuition assistance budget.

Now more than ever, the need for financial aid resources is critical.  This year alone, we will distribute $1.4 million in need-based financial aid to 35% of our student body.  For these qualified students, a Mercy education would not be possible without the financial support they receive.  Continuing to expand our financial aid program, through Making A Difference, is an important priority because it strengthens the high school experience of every Mercy girl. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to partner with us this year as a Making A Difference sponsor. To make your contribution online, please click here.

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
$600+ Blue & White Sponsor
• Four reserved seats at Making a Difference
$300+ Crusader Sponsor
• Two reserved seats at Making a Difference
*Sponsors of $1,500 or more receive a table for ten for Making A Difference
All Sponsors will receive recognition on Mercy’s website, in the printed program, publications and event signage.


With the growing cost of Catholic education, more students than ever now need financial assistance to attend Mercy, and in recent years, low- and middle-income families have been particularly hard-hit by increased costs.

The Making A Difference dinner is underwritten by the Board of Directors; 100% of all sponsorships and donations directly assist girls in need of financial aid.

Donations of all amounts deeply appreciated

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

Photos from a Past Benefit Dinner

2020 Making A Difference Sponsors

Mercy High School
Board of Directors 

Penny Stack Alexander '78, Kelli Benz, Annie Bianchini '90 • Pauline Borghello, RSM •  Patricia Flanagan '65 • Maureen Grazioli • Sarah Newsom Healy • Una Kinsella '83 • Brandy M.M. Navarro '98 • Joe Nezwek • Michele O'Connor Tyler '68 • Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM •Patrick Ruff • 
Caroline Romeo

Making A Difference
Sponsorship Levels

as of 10/14/19

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley Sponsor

$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor

$5,000+Gold Sponsor

$2,500+ Silver Sponsor

$1,500+ Presidential Sponsor
Anne Bianchini '90

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
Mary Louise Castillo
Charles & Noreen Dougherty


$500+ Blue and White Sponsor
Lars & Mary Lund

$250+ Crusader Sponsor
John & Carol Fraher
Dennis Irving
Darrell Justus
Valiant & Gretchen Wong


Honorary Committee 2019

John & Melinda Adams
Penny Stack Alexander '78
Amy Bayley, RSM '69
Norbert and Inger Bischofberger
Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan Ed.D. '02
Marguerite Buchanan, RSM
Gina Rosaia Collins '99 and James Collins
Joan and Paul Fitzpatrick
Rosann Fraher, RSM
William and Emilia Kibblewhite
Kathy Lauze Krause ‘68
Kathleen Lama ‘87
Fr. Michael Mahoney, O.F.M. Cap., OLA
Kathy Lacunza Pompili '78
Vasant and Sumati Prabhu
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
Janet Rozzano, RSM
Father John Ryan, St. Catherines
Sandi Stoppoloni
Aileen Whelan, M.D. ‘76

Steering Committee 

Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72, Chair
Kelli Benz
Carol Fraher
Mary Lund
Clare Pool Purpura '75
Caroline Romeo
Jamila Sinlao Zanette '04, PhD