Making A Difference From Home virtual scholarship benefit

Making A Difference From Home
Virtual Scholarship Benefit

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Families need your financial help to ensure that their daughters have access to a Mercy Education. After the first week of our Shelter in Place, dozens of families applied for an increase in financial assistance for next school year due to the financial impact of COVID-19 including lost jobs, reduction in wages, and challenges to small business owners. 

Join us in ensuring that we are able to offer the Mercy educational experience that we hold so close in our hearts to all the deserving young women who seek it.

Funds Raised

Fundraising Progress at $300,000

Featured Speakers

2020 Making A Difference speakers

Keynote Speaker: Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D, Mercy Burlingame Head of School

Student Speaker: Zoe Hammer '20, Student Body President


Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72, Chair of Making A Difference Steering Committee

Penny Stack Alexander '78, Chair of Mercy Board of Directors

Why is your support needed?

  • Mercy’s tuition for 2019-20 is $23,114
  • This year, we awarded $1.4 million in financial aid to 37% of our student body
  • Our requests for financial aid have increased by $1 million for next year
  • Every gift or sponsorship goes directly to financial aid
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
$600+ Blue & White Sponsor
$300+ Crusader Sponsor
$150 Friend of Mercy

Donations of all amounts are deeply appreciated


All Sponsors will receive recognition on Mercy’s website and publications.

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

Photos from Past Benefit Dinners

Now more than ever, we need your support to ensure a Mercy Education for deserving young women.
Your gift today will help us reach our goal!

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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 4/30/2020 at noon

$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
Douglas & Mary Ann Lovi Button '72
The Drum Foundation
Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation, Inc.
Charlie & Caroline Romeo
Wayne & Catherine Dunleavy Rosaia '72
Trust Funds

$2,500+ Silver Sponsor
John & Melinda Adams
James & Lynn O'Halloran Akeyson '75
Matthew & Penny Stack Alexander '78
Peter & Kelli Benz
Boston Private Bank
Michael & Susie Pearl
Connie Romeo 
Frank Romeo
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas,
West Mid West Community

$1,500+ Presidential Sponsor
Anne Bianchini '90
Neil & Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D.
Elizabeth Caserza '77
Richard & Melanie Meisel Cirigliano '73
David & Maria Collins
James & Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Richard & Maria Collins
Dino & Gabriella Bonalanza DeRanieri '59
Paul & Joan Fitzpatrick
Robert Grassilli
Bart & Carol Cafferkey Gaul '85
Cherie Hammer
Patrick & Jane Hitchcock
Junipero Serra High School
William & Emilia Kibblewhite
Jerry & Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Mercy High School Alumnae Association
Scott & Martha Ann Milliken
Daniel & Brandy Martinez Navarro '98
Jane Cavagnaro '78 & Joe Nezwek
Mario & Kathy Lacunza Pompili '78
Joey and Meghan Chavez Railey '04
Sr. Janet Ruffing, RSM '63
Sandi Stoppoloni
Aileen Whelan '76

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
Harry & Irene Garibaldi Aubright '46
Brian & Madeleine Ostertag Bucher '84
Angela Infusino Button '02
Mary Louise Castillo
Kristine Furer Crouch '82
Christian & Jacqueline Legoreta Erdman '75
Eileen Horan
David & Janet Andrews Howes '70, D.D.S
Charles & Noreen Dougherty
Margot Fourie Giusti '70
Richard & Catherine Casey Grabinski '86
Patricia Flanagan '65
Joseph & Lisa Larratt
Patricia McAdoo '65
Mercy Education System of the Americas

Ronald & Susan LePine Morro '59
Sr. Janet Ruffing, RSM, Ph D. '63
Michael Samn & Karen Lee

$600+ Blue and White Sponsor
Valerie Armento '69
Pat and Chuck Bradley 
Dennis Irving
Darrell Justus
Lars & Mary Lund
Jeffrey & Kathy Mountain
 Doug  and Beverly Takizawa
Carl & Michele O'Connor Tyler '68
Robert & Jackie O'Donnell
Daniel Whelan

$300+ Crusader Sponsor
Betty Battaglia
Beck Brothers
Bert Lawrence & Barbara Gilivich Bowden '53
Shirley Cauterucio
Thomas and Mary Jo Dungan Compton '64
 Marcia Crockett
Joan Loretz Del Secco '47
Peter Diaz
Kevin Domecus & Lauren Brucken
Shannon Durnin
Facts Business Solutions for Education
Bradley and Yohko Fick
Alana & Christopher Filippi
John & Carol Fraher
Roger Selsback & Rey Friel '64
Claire Rietmann-Grout '04
Edward Goodstein & Francesca Eastman
Stuart & Judy Turner Harris 72
Gregory & Betsy Hart
Karen Hook
Eugenia Dubbiosi Hovland '59
Everett & Rana jJones
O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc.
Hani & Mary Kalieh
John & Durla Kelleher
Una Kinsella '83
Joe & Theresa Baldocchi La Mariana
Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner '02
 Ronald & Carol Loiacono
Theresa Lund '06
Fred & Pamela Matthews
Peter & Nancy Jones Nardini '49
Joanne O'Brien 61
Kathleen O'Meara '58
Bil & Lorraine Welch Paul '68
Christina Romeo '14
Kristen Strobel '96
Luke Perkocha & Lena Wong
June Wisecarver
Hazel Stergar Walton '63
Meave Fallon Ward '90
Edward & Liz Watson
Valiant & Gretchen Wong

Honorary Committee 2020

John & Melinda Adams
Amy Bayley, RSM '69
Norbert & Inger Bischofberger
Neil & Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan Ed.D. '02
Marguerite Buchanan, RSM
James & Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Joan & Paul Fitzpatrick
Rosann Fraher, RSM
Robert Grassilli
Patrick & Jane Hitchock
William & Emilia Kibblewhite
Jerry and Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Fr. Michael Mahoney, O.F.M. Cap.,
Our Lady of Angels
Mario & Kathy Lacunza Pompili '78
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
Janet Rozzano, RSM
Fr. John Ryan, St. Catherine of Siena
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