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Making a Difference Scholarship Benefit

Making A Difference was a joyous night celebrating Mercy education!

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Join us for Mercy's biggest fundraiser of the year for tuition assistance!

Our 2023 Making a Difference Benefit will be in-person as well as live streamed. It is truly a celebration of our Mercy community.  This past year we raised a record $400,000 — and our Mercy students need us to continue this level of support and more. We want those who cannot join us in person to still be able to watch and support this very special event from their homes.  

While the requests for financial aid are always greater than our available funding, your generous support gives us the ability to ensure the transformative opportunity of a Mercy education is accessible to as many young women as possible.  Thank you for helping us to build the bridge that makes a Mercy education possible - every gift truly makes a difference.

Tuition for the 2022-23 school year is $25,925. Every gift, no matter how big or small, helps a Mercy student.  100% of your gift goes directly to tuition assistance!

Our Impact 

  • Mercy awarded nearly $2 million in financial support in FY 23
  • Making A Difference makes up 15% of the tuition assistance budget; each gift is matched by 85% of other funding in order to make the most impact and help the greatest number of students.
  • Making A Difference has raised and awarded $3.4 million in aid since its inception in 2004.
  • 99% - 100% of our students matriculate to college
  • In a competitive admissions market, providing increased financial aid packages to more families in need enables more young women in the Bay Area to access a Mercy education.
Sponsorship Opportunities

Demonstrate your commitment to making a difference. 
100% of all sponsorships provide essential funds to Mercy’s tuition assistance program.

Sponsorship Levels:

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley*
Provides a $5,000 award to five students
$10,000+ Platinum*
Provides a $2,000 award to five students
$5,000+ Gold*
Provides a $1,000 award to five students
$2,500+ Silver *
Provides a $500 award to five students
$1,500+ Presidential*
Provides a $500 award to three students
$1,000+ Bronze
(Six reserved seats at Making a Difference)
$600+ Blue & White
(Four reserved seats at Making a Difference)
$300+ Crusader
(Two reserved seats at Making a Difference)
All sponsors will receive recognition on the website, publications and at the event.
*Sponsors of $1,500 or more will have a reserved table for 10 at the event.
$150- Individual ticket

Donations of all amounts are deeply appreciated.

For additional information, please contact Mary Lund, Director of Advancement
at 650-762-1190 or
Mercy's Tax I.D.. #94-1230999

Mercy High School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. 
The fair market value of the benefits received is not tax deductible as a charitable contribution. 
The fair market value for dinner is $110.

Making A Difference 2022


Honorary  & Steering Committees

Honorary Committee 

 Amy Bayley, RSM '68
Kelli and Peter Benz, P '11, '12
Inger and Norbert Bischofberger P'11
David and Karen Castagna, P' 23
David and Maria Collins, P'15
James and Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Chris and Mary Denten, P '23
Rosann Fraher, RSM, MSF '60
Chip and Janelle Gale, P '24
Bob Grassilli
William and Emilia Kibblewhite, P '15, '17
Matt  and Mary Schaffer Kircher '78
Jerry and Kathy Lautze Krause '68 
Fr. Michael Mahoney, O.F.M. Cap. OLA
Brian and Kim Manca, P '25
Andrea Metkus, M.D., P '23
Scott and Martha Ann Milliken, P '16
Andrea Metkus, M.D., P '23
Robert and Jacqueline O’Donnell P '90, '97
Mark and Mary Anne Payne P '22
Mario and Kathy Lacunza Pompili '78, P '12
Andrew and Clare Pool Purpura '75 
Meghan Chavez Railey '04 
Caroline and Charlie Romeo, P '14
Mary Janet Rozzano, RSM, MSF '56
Fr. John Ryan, St. Catherine of Siena 
Martha Phillips and Al Taira, M.D., P '25
Aileen Whelan, M.D.,'76
Claire and Warren Woo, P '25

Steering Committee

Kelli Benz, P '11, '12, GP '24
Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D
Carol Fraher
Mary Schaffer Kircher '78
Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner '02
Mary Lund, P '06, '08
Caroline Romeo, P' 14
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72, P '99
Vashti R. Sinigayan '99, MPA

Board of Directors - Underwriters

Penny Stack Alexander '78, Chair
Kelli Benz, P '11, '12
Greg Dannis '09
Bob Grassilli
Una Kinsella '83
Mary Schaffer Kircher '78

Jaime Jweinat Lechleitner '02
Joe Nezwek, MBA, P '14
Sister Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM, MSF '59
Caroline M. Romeo, P '14
Patrick Ruff
Vashti R. Sinigayan '99, MPA
Michele O'Connor Tyler '68, P '97, '00
Randolph W.Y. Wong, M.D., P 12

as of 4.27.22

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley
The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation

$10,000+ Platinum
Inger and Norbert Bischofberger P '11
Koch Foundation, Inc.
Robert and Jacqueline O'Donnell P '90, '97

$5,000+ Gold
Nada Barulich

The Mervyn Brenner Foundation of San Francisco
David and Karen Castagna, P '23
Eldris and Renee Estevez, P '22
Chip and Janelle Gale, P '24
Edward C. Goodstein & Francesca Eastman
Mercy High School Alumnae Association
Andrea Metkus, M.D., P '23
Caroline and Charlie Romeo, P '14
Frank Romeo
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72 and Wayne Rosaia, P '99
Stephen and Theresa Barulich Rutledge
Sandi Stoppoloni, GP '14, '15, '22

Edward Watson, P '90

$2,500+ Silver
Penny Stack Alexander '78 and Matt Alexander
OPTAS Capital
Meghan Chavez Railey '04 and Joey Railey
Sister Janet Ruffing, RSM,  Ph.D., '63
Junipero Serra High School 
Silicon Valley Bank 
Linda Stoick, P '23
Claire and Warren Woo, P '25

$1,500+ Presidential
James and Lynn O'Halloran Akeyson '75, P '22
Kelli and Peter Benz, P '11 '12
Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02 and Neil Brosnan
David and Maria Collins, P '15
James and Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Chris and Mary Denten, P '23
Robert Grassilli
William and Emilia Kibblewhite, P '15, '17 
Una Kinsella '83
Matt Kircher and Mary Schaffer Kircher '78
Kathy Lautze Krause '68 and Jerry Krause
Kathleen Lama '87
Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner '02 and Ricky Lechleitner
Brian and Kim Manca, P '25
Scott and Martha Ann Milliken, P '16
Jane Cavagnaro '78 and Joseph Nezwek, P'14
Mark and Mary Anne Payne, P '22
Kathy Lacunza Pompili '78 and Mario Pompili, P '12
Joanne Hickey Prolo '60 and Don Prolo, M.D.
Clare Pool Purpura '75 and Andrew Purpura
Christina G. Romeo '14
Vashti R. Sinigayan '99, MPA
Martha Phillips and Al Taira, M.D., P '25
Aileen Whelan, M.D. '76
Melinda and Randolph Wong, M.D., P '12

$1,000+ Bronze
Valerie Armento '69
Josephine Dentoni
Dino and Gabriella Bonalanza DeRanieri '59, GP '20, '23
Christine Dentoni Engstrom '89
Sr. Jean Evans, RSM, MSF '64
A.J. and Mary Lou Bisagno Flocchini '52
Margot Fourie Giusti '70
Mary Lou Brignolo Harris '56
Patricia McAdoo '65
Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA)
Susan LePine Morro '59

$600+ Blue and White Sponsor
Alexander and Angela Infusino Button '02
Sister Bernadette Hart, RSM '60 In Memory of Liz Hart '61
Gregory and Betsy Hart, P '21
Joseph and Lisa Larratt, P '14, '15, 22
Mary and Lars Lund, P '06, '08
Richard and Kathy Houle Maddox '72
Michael and Sarah Murphy, P '18
Claire Reitmann-Grout '04
Michele O'Connor Tyler '68, 
P '97, '00
Richard and Gina DeRanieri Wiebe '84

$300+ Crusader
Richard and Erin McHale Armusewicz '81
Miracle Balsitis and Dr. Scott Balsitis, P '25
Betty Battaglia
Mary Bollier Carp '77
Dr. Patricia Bradley and Dr. Charles Bradley, P '11,'14, '17
Douglas and Mary Ann Lovi Button '72
George Caughman, P '92
Shirley Cauterucio
Thomas and Mary Jo Dungan Compton '64
Marcia Crockett
Kristy Furrer Crouch '82
DFM Construction - Daniel and Noreen Brosnan Murphy '72
Jack and Marie Fitzpatrick, GP '14
Patricia Flanagan '65, P' 96
Christine and Mike Folan
Carol & John Fraher
Antonio Galletto, M.D., P '78, '80, '83, '87
Carol Cafferkey Gaul '85, P '12 

Gregory and Patricia Hagey, P '11
Karen Hook
Dennis Irving
Richard Jobst, In Memory of Catherine Jobst, '60
Alexander and Sandra Justman, P '17

William and Catherine Mariani, P'12
Melissa Larrarte Mastrangelo '10
Noreen Brosnan Murphy '72
Brandy Martinez Navarro '98 and Daniel Navarro
Joanne O'Brien '61
Patricia O'Leary '73
Bill and Lorraine Welch Paul '68
 Esteban Perez
Patrick and Kerri Ann Ruff
Woodruff Sawyer

Kirsten Strobel '96
Brianna Leary Tremblay '02
Melanie Albano Valdez '89
Hazel Walton '63
Mary Patricia Whelan-Miille '71
Hazel Stergar Walton '63

Dennis and Maria Ricci White '63
James and Lorraine Whitley, P '24