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Scholarship Benefit, Financial Assistance

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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.


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


Making A Difference sponsors

The Benefit is generously underwritten by the Board of Directors
(Sponsor list updated 4/23/18)


Mercy High School Board of Directors 2018-19

Annie Bianchini '90
Pauline Borghello, RSM
Judy Cannon, RSM
Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81
Patricia Flanagan '65
Bob Grassilli, Chair
Karen Hanrahan, Head of School
Sarah Healy
Brandy M. M. Navarro '98
Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM
Clare Pool Purpura '75
Caroline Romeo
Michele O'Conner Tyler '68


$25,000+ Catherine McAuley Sponsor


Norbert and Inger Bischofberger
The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundations
Mattel Inc., c/o Children's Foundation
Vasant and Sumati Prabhu
Kai Ge Tang & Shuhong Fan

$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor
The Thomas Family
John and Juliette Torrey


$5,000+ Gold Sponsor

Matthew and Penny Stack Alexander '78
The Drum Foundation
Andy and Clare Pool Purpura '75

Charlie and Caroline Romeo


$2,500+ Silver Sponsor
John and Melinda Adams
Kelli and Peter Benz
Boston Private Bank and Trust
Meryn L. Brenner Foundation, Inc
Kathleen Lama '87

Scott and Martha Ann Milliken

Daniel and Brandy Martinez Navarro '98
Wayne and Catherine Dunleavy Rosaia '72
Aileen Whelan '76
Patricia Price Willis '58
Rick and Gale Winningham




$1,500+ Presidential Sponsor

Anne Bianchini '90
Elizabeth Caserza '77
Mary Louise Castillo
David and Maria Collins
James and Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Dino and Gabriella Bolanza DeRanieri '59

Charles and Noreen Dougherty
Kevin and Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81

Jacqueline (Legorreta '75) and Christian Erdman
Junipero Serra High School

Paul and Joan Fitzpatrick

Eileen Horan
Kibblewhite Precision Machining
Mercy High School Alumnae Association

Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Mario and Katherine Lacunza Pompili '78
Maya Prabhu '19


Dino and Gabriella Bonalanza DeRanieri '59
Connie Romeo

Sr. Janet Ruffing, RSM, PhD '63

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, West Midwest
Barbara Virgil

Alison Vorsatz '98
Min Zhang and Yan Lao





$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
Irene Garibaldi Aubright '46
Angela Conde Barton '89
Beck Brothers - Becky Beck
KIrk Demlinger
Charles and Noreen Dougherty
Paul and Joan Fitzpatrick

Mary Lou Bisagno Flocchini '52

Catherine Casey Grabinski '86
Susan LePine Morro '59
Robert and Jackie O'Donnell

Michael Samn and Karen Lee

$500+ Blue & White Sponsor
Elaine Andrews '69
Peggy Anderws '68
Madeleine Ostertag Bucher '84
Peter Diaz
Kevin Domecus and Laura Brucken

Sarah and John Healy
Patricia McAdoo '65
Mercy Education System of the Americas
Kathy Mountain
Daniel and Brandy Martinez Navarro '98
Juan and Mercedes Navarro
Gina DeRanieri Weibe '84
Joe Nezwek and Jane Cavagnaro Unger '78

$250+ Crusader Sponsor
Janet Andrews '69
Val Armento '69
Val Armento '69
Rui Azevedo
Chrystelle Azcona '11
Betty Battaglia
Jeanne Biernat
Chuck and Patricia Bradley
Catherine L. Caserza '77
George Caughman

Melanie Meisel Cirigliano '73
Pat Casey
Shirley Cauterucio

Mary Jo Dungan Compton '64
Annette Dancel '89
Paul and Janie Dawes
Julie and Kurt de Grosz
Jennifer Fiore '89
Patricia Flanagan '65
Christine and Mike Folan
Carol and John Fraher
Robert Grassilli
Linda Micheli Gunn '67
Gregory and Patricia Hagey
Roxy Leung Halata '04
Michael and Deborah Harrison
Lynette Hovland '81
Dennis H. Irving
Evita Rapadas Isleta '99


Margaret Kane Jung '68

Darrell Justus
Mary and Hani Kaileh
Ann O'Brien Keighran '84
Jennifer Lambdin and Mark Schack
Mary and Lars Lund
Bridget Mannix
Teresa Martin
Lawrence and Michele McGee
Mercy High School - San Francisco
Michael and Sarah Murphy
Patricia O'Leary '73
Lorraine Paul '68
Luke Perkocha and Lena Wong
John and Nicole Piccetti
Patricia Schultz Rawert '60
Paul & Carolyn Rinetti
Kimberly Leung Robe '02
Lynn Rosaia '69

Angelina Dekker Schwab '95

Vashti Sinigayan '99
Monica and Paul Smith
Sandra Stoppoloni
Kirsten Strobel '96
Jphn Thomas
Michele O'Connor Tyler '68
Barbara Bushnell Vigil '61
Hazel Stergar Walton '63
June Wisecarver
Valiant W. Wong
Dennis Wootten
Jamila Sinlao Zinatte '04








Honorary Committee

John and Melinda Adams
Amy Bayley, RSM ‘68
Norbert and Inger Bischofberger
Marguerite Buchanan, RSM
Mary Louise Castillo
Clifton and Gretchen Clark
Gina (Rosaia '99) and James Collins
Jacqueline (Lergorreta '75) and Christian Erdman
Rosann Fraher, RSM
Eileen Horan
Will and Emilia Kibblewhite
Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Kathleen Lama '87
Father Michael Mahoney, OFM, Capuchin, OLA
Martha Ann and Scott Milliken, DDS
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
Janet Rozzano, RSM
Father John Ryan, St. Catherine of Sienna
Kathy Lacunza Pompili '78
Vasant and Sumati Prabhu
Casey Sternsmith ‘99
Sandi Stoppoloni
John and Juliette Torrey
Linda Thomas
Alison Vorsatz '98
Aileen Whelan MD ‘76

Steering Committee

Kelli Benz
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia '72, Chair
Joan Fitzpatrick
Mary Lund
Clare Pool Purpura '75
Caroline Romeo