Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit
Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit
Thursday, May 2, 2019 • 6:00 pm
SF Airport marriott waterfront, burlingame
MAD19 Honorees


Making A Difference provides urgently needed support for tuition assistance giving hopeful young women the opportunity for a Mercy education. The event has drawn attention and strong support to this campaign, which has raised more than $2.4 million—with nearly 1,200 donors and 4,500 gifts—since its inception in 2004.

This year, we recognize Sr. Suzanne Toolan, RSM  beloved Chorale teacher and Internationally renowned composer as the recipient of the  Catherine McAuley Award in recognition of her commitment to the vision of Catherine McAuley and the education of young women.

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
$500+ Blue & White Sponsor
• Four reserved seats at Making a Difference
$250+ 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.
** Individual tickets are $150 each


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


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2019 Making A Difference Sponsors

Mercy High School
Board of Directors 
Event Underwriters

Annie Bianchini '90 • Pauline Borghello, RSM • Judy Cannon, RSM • Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81 • Patricia Flanagan '65 • Sarah Newsom Healy • Brandy M.M. Navarro '98 • Michele O'Connor Tyler '68 • Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM • Clare Pool Purpura '75 • Caroline Romeo

Making A Difference
Sponsorship Levels

as of 2/12/19

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley Sponsor
The Carl Gellert & Celia Berta
Gellert Foundation
Norbert & Inger Bischofberger

$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor
Vasant & Sumati Prabhu

$5,000+Gold Sponsor
Drum Foundation
Mattel, Inc c/o Children's Foundation
Andrew & Clare Pool Purpura '75

$2,500+ Silver Sponsor
Anne Bianchini '90
Boston Private Bank and Trust
Douglas &  Mary Ann Lovi Button '72
Frank Romeo

$1,500+ Presidential Sponsor
John & Melinda Adams
Neil &  Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan Ed.D. '02
James & Gina Rosaia Collins '99
William & Emilia Kibblewhite
Jerry & Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Kathleen Lama '87
Volker & Kathleen Wuerth Sonnabend '70
Sandi Stoppoloni
Aileen Whelan, M.D. '76

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
Fred &  Bonnie Pors Bertetta '55
Mary Louise Castillo
Charles & Noreen Dougherty
Paul & Joan Fitzpatrick
Richard & Catherine Casey Grabinski '86
Patrick and Mary Burke Morris '58
Ronald & Susan LePine Morro '59

$500+ Blue and White Sponsor
Bert Lawrence & Barbara Gilvich Bowden '53
Brian & Madeleine Ostertag Bucher '84
Michael & Mary Bollier Carp '77
Edward Goodstein & Francesca Eastman
Margaret Brenner Finnegan '77
Karen Lee and Michael Samn

$250+ Crusader Sponsor
Kevin Domecus & Laura Brucken
Shirley Cauterucio
Dave & Evelyn Neumayr Coglizer '81
Siobhan Collopy '85
Thomas &  Mary Jo Dungan Compton '64
Kevin &  Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81
John & Carol Fraher
Susan Cooks Gott '58
Darrell Justus
Lars & Mary Lund
Patrick & Paula Dueball Moore '70
Bill & Lorraine Welch Paul '68
Roger &  Barbara Bushnell Vigil '61
Marilyn Weeks '67

Honorary Committee 

John & Melinda Adams
Amy Bayley, RSM
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.
Kathy Lacunza Pompili '78
Vasant and Sumati Prabhu
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
Janet Rozzano, RSM
Sandi Stoppoloni
Aileen Whelan, M.D. ‘76

Steering Committee 

Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '71, Chair
Kelli Benz
Carol Fraher
Mary Lund
Clare Pool Purpura '75
Caroline Romeo