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!  

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2020 Catherine McAuley Award Recipients


2020 Making A Difference speakers

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.

Mercy's mission calls us to educate young women of all socioeconomic backgrounds.  Every year the Mercy community comes together for the Making A Difference Scholarship 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 $2.7 million - supporting 1686 girls.  Last year, over 350 people attended the event and funds raised supported nearly 25% of the annual tuition assistance budget.

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.


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. 

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 Past Benefit Dinners

2020 Making A Difference Sponsors

Mercy High School Board of Directors
Event Underwriters

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 1/15/2020

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley Sponsor
The Carl Gellert & Celia Berta Gellert Foundation
Robert Stewart Odell and Helen Pfeiffer Odell Fund

$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor
Norbert & Inger Bischofberger

$5,000+Gold Sponsor
The Drum Foundation
Trust Funds

$2,500+ Silver Sponsor
John & Melinda Adams
Frank Romeo

$1,500+ Presidential Sponsor
Anne Bianchini '90
Neil & Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D.
Elizabeth Caserza '77
Jerry & Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Daniel & Brandy Martinez Navarro '98

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
David Howes & Janet Andrews '70
Mary Louise Castillo
David & Janet Andrews Howes '70, D.D.S
Charles & Noreen Dougherty
Richard & Catherine Casey Grabinski '86
Patricia Flanagan '65
Jane and Patrick Hitchcick
Ronald & Susan LePine Morro '59

$600+ Blue and White Sponsor
Dennis Irving
Darrell Justus
Lars & Mary Lund

$300+ Crusader Sponsor
Bert Lawrence & Barbara Gilivich Bowden '53
Mary Louise Castillo
Peter Diaz
Kevin Domecus & Lauren Brucken
Alana & Christopher Filippi
John & Carol Fraher
Dennis Irving
Jerry & Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Claire Rietmann-Grout '04
Valient & Gretchen Wong
Bil & Lorraine Welch Paul '68
June Wisecarver
Valiant & Gretchen Wong

Honorary Committee 2020

John & Melinda Adams
Amy Bayley, '69
Neal & Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan Ed.D. '02
Marguerite Buchanan, RSM
James & Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Rosann Fraher, RSM
Patrick & Jane Hitchock
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
Janet Rozzano, RSM
Aileen Whelan, M.D. ‘76

Steering Committee

Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72, Chair
Kelli Benz
Carol Fraher
Mary Lund
Clare Pool Purpura '75
Caroline Romeo