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Be Inspired.  Make A Difference.  Change a Life.

Making a Difference has changed the lives of more than 1,800 Mercy girls by providing the additional funds they need to afford a Mercy education.  Since its inception in 2004, Making a Difference has raised nearly $4 million. Given the rising need for tuition assistance, we remain focused on making a Mercy education a reality for so many passionate and talented young women. 

Making a Difference Scholarship Benefit Dinner is an inspirational event which brings together our alumnae, parents, and friends of Mercy. From cocktails to dinner and a short high impact program—we promise you a night to remember! Get your table NOW! You won't want to miss it! Seating limited to 400.

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!

Your Investment Drives Impact

  • 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. Mercy awarded nearly $2 million in financial support in FY 23
  • 43% of students receive a financial bridge giving them access to the outstanding education and opportunities at Mercy.
  • 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.
Sponsorship Opportunities

Invest in Making A Difference Today. . .Change Lives for Tomorrow
Demonstrate your commitment to Making A Difference by becoming a Sponsor. 


Event Sponsor

$26,990 - Catherine McAuley*
Sponsor a student for a year

$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
$3000+ Silver *
Provides a $500 award to six students


Table/Ticket Sponsor
$1,750+ Presidential*
Provides a $350 award to five students
$1,250+ Bronze
(Six reserved seats at Making a Difference)
$700+ Blue & White
(Four reserved seats at Making a Difference)
$350+ Crusader
(Two reserved seats at Making a Difference)
All sponsors will receive recognition on the website, publications and at the event.
*Sponsors of $1,750 or more will have a reserved table for 10 at the event.

Individual Tickets
$175 - Individual ticket
$75 * Young Alum Individual Ticket for Classes 2011 - 2022
* limited tickets at this price through April 1st, 2023

Donations of all amounts are deeply appreciated.

For additional information, please contact Mary Lund, Director of Advancement
at 650-762-1191 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 2023



Event Sponsors
Updated 3/24/2023

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley*
Angela Corazzini Wilcock '67 & Jack Wilcock

$10,000+ Platinum*

$5,000+ Gold*
Nada Barulich
Meryvn Brenner Foundation
David and Karen Castagna, P '23
Drum Foundation
Christopher Hooper
Mercy High School Alumnae Association
Caroline and Charlie Romeo, P '14
Romeo Vineyards
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72 and Wayne Rosaia, P '99
Aileen Whelan M.D., '76

$3,000+ Silver*
Bank of America
Kelli and Peter Benz, P '11, '12
Elizabeth Caserza '77

 David and Maria Collins, P '15
Kelly and Kent Kockos, P'26
Martha Ann and Scott Milliken, DDS, P '16
 Martha Phillips and Al Taira, M.D., P '25
Daniel Whelan

Table and Ticket Sponsors

$1,750+ Presidential*
Penny Stack Alexander '78 and Matthew Alexander
Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D & Neil Brosnan
Gina Rosaia Collins '99 and James Collins
Chris and Mary Denten, P '23
Bob Grassilli
Junipero Serra High School
Mary F. Kircher '78 and Matt Kircher
Jerry & Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Joe and Lisa Larratt, P '14, '15, '22
Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner '02 & Richard Lechleitner
Mary and Lars Lund, P '06, '08
Patricia and Kevin O'Connor, P '22
Andrea Metkus, M. D., P '23
Meghan Chavez Railey '04 and Joey Railey
Kirsten Strobel '96
Yukan Thiesen, GP '21
Michele O'Connor Tyler '68 and Carl Tyler, P '97, '00
Lynn Dryden Van Etten '72

$1,250+ Bronze

$700+ Blue and White Sponsor
Maria Levy Whit Downs '96
George and Margo Fourie Giusti '70
James and Mary Lou Brignolo Harris '56
Greg and Betsy Hart, P '21
Patricia McAdoo ' 65
Mercy Education System of the  Americas (MESA)
David and Brandy Martinez Navarro, '98
Angela Simonetti
Maria Levy White Downs '96


$350+ Crusader
Harry and Irene Garibaldi Aubright '46
Loretta Santero Boris '49 & Louis Boris
Mary Bollier Carp '77 & Michael Carp
Mary Louise Castillo, P '96
Jennifer Clifford
Maggie and Andrew Demkin P '26
Carol and John Fraher
Eileen Horan
Dennis Irving
Alexander and Sandra Justman, P '17
Jennifer Lambdin and Mark Schack, P '11
Melissa Larrarte Mastrangelo '10
Kathryn Mountain
Diana Fish Mongini '64 & Jamie Mongini
Sarah and Michael Murphy, P '18
Michelle and Bryan Shannon P' 26
Jessica and Jeffrey Thomas, P '26
Melanie Albano Valdez '89 & William Valdez
 Mindy  and Randy Wong, M.D., P '12
Hazel Stegar Walton '63 and George Walton
Adrian and Nicole Zagar, P '13


Board of Directors 

Penny Stack Alexander ‘78
William Armanino
Kelli Benz, P ‘11, ‘12
Bob Grassilli
Mary Schaffer Kircher ‘78
Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner ‘02
Patricia O’Conner, P’ 22
Meghan Chavez Railey ‘04
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia ‘72, P ‘99
Patrick Ruff
Michele O’Connor Tyler ‘68, P ‘97, ‘00
Alison Vorsatz ‘98
Randy Wong, M.D., P ‘12

Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D.
Head of School

Honorary  & Steering Committees

Honorary Committee 

Sr. Amy Bayley, '68, RSM
Kelli and Peter Benz, P '11, '12
Dave and Karen Castagna, P '23
David and Maria Collins, P '15
Chris and Mary Denten, P '23
Sr. Rosann Fraher, RSM
Kelly and Kent Kockos, P'26
Jerry & Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Joe and Lisa Larratt, P '14, '15, '22
Fr. Michael Mahoney, OFM Cap., Our Lady of Angels
Martha Ann  and Scott Milliken, DDS, P '16
Martha Phillips and Al Taira, M.D., P '25
Caroline and Charlie Romeo, P '14
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72 and Wayne Rosaia, P '99
Sr. Janet Rozzano, RSM
Father John Ryan, St. Catherine of Sienna
Aileen Whelan M.D., '76

Making A Difference
Steering Committee

Penny Stack Alexander ‘78
Kelli Benz, P '11, '12
Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D.
Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Carol Fraher
Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner ‘02
Mary Lund, P '06, '08
Martha Phillips, P '25
Caroline Romeo, P '14
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia ‘72, P ‘99
Kirsten Stroebel '96