Making A Difference From Home virtual scholarship benefit

Making A Difference From Home
Virtual Scholarship Benefit

We want to keep you healthy, and we need your
help to keep Mercy healthy!

In light of COVID-19, we have changed our annual Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit Dinner to a virtual event: “Making A Difference From Home” 

Join us Thursday, April 30th • 7:00-7:30 p.m.
for our LiveStream event right here on this webpage!

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!

Donate to the Making A Difference Scholarship Fund

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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.

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

Join Us In:


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 3/30/2020

$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
Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation, Inc.
Karen Hook
Charlie & Caroline Romeo
Wayne & Catherine Dunleavy Rosaia '72
Trust Funds

$2,500+ Silver Sponsor
John & Melinda Adams
Matthew & Penny Stack Alexander '78
Peter & Kelli Benz
Boston Private Bank
Douglas & Mary Ann Lovi Button '72
Michael & Susie Pearl
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, West Mid West Community
Frank Romeo

$1,500+ Presidential Sponsor
Anne Bianchini '90
Neil & Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D.
Elizabeth Caserza '77
Richard & Melanie Meisel Cirigliano '73
James & Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Dino & Gabriella Bonalanza DeRanieri '59
Paul & Joan Fitzpatrick
Robert Grassilli
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
Sr. Janet Ruffing, RSM '63
Sandi Stoppoloni
Aileen Whelan '76

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
Brian & Madeleine Ostertag Bucher '84
Mary Louise Castillo
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
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


$300+ Crusader Sponsor
Beck Brothers
Bert Lawrence & Barbara Gilivich Bowden '53
 Joan Loretz Del Secco '47
Peter Diaz
Kevin Domecus & Lauren Brucken
Alana & Christopher Filippi
John & Carol Fraher
Roger Selsback & Rey Friel '64
Claire Rietmann-Grout '04
 Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner '02
 Theresa Lund '06
Kathleen O'Meara '58
Bil & Lorraine Welch Paul '68
Carl & Michele O'Connor Tyler '68
Luke Perkocha & Lena Wong
June Wisecarver
Hazel Stergar Walton '63
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