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2021 Event

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Mercy’s Annual Benefit for Student Tuition Assistance  

Every girl at Mercy has a unique journey. She begins as a freshman, eager to learn new things and to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Along the way she will be known, be challenged, and be transformed.  She will discover herself and the joy of serving others.  THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT, YOU CAN MAKE THIS JOURNEY POSSIBLE.

The Making a Difference Scholarship Benefit has unlocked the opportunity of a Mercy education for hundreds of Mercy girls and families over the past 18 years.  In alignment with our mission of providing an all-girls Catholic college preparatory education, tuition assistance ensures that Mercy is accessible to all aspiring young women of diverse religious, cultural, social and economic backgrounds.  

Our 2022 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.  

Why support students through tuition assistance? 

  • Mercy tuition for 2020-21 is $24,155.  
  • 44% of our 382 receive a financial bridge to attend Mercy with awards ranging from $2,500 to $18,500 during this school year.  Mercy students re-apply for aid annually.
  • Making A Difference makes up 15% of the financial aid budget; each gift is matched by 85% of other funding in order to make the most impact and help the greatest number of students.
  • Mercy partners with foundations, corporations and nonprofits in order to support very low income families.
  • The generosity of our alumnae, alumnae parents, families and friends is deeply appreciated.

Our Impact 

  • Mercy awarded nearly $2 million in financial support in FY 22.
  • Making A Difference has raised and awarded $3.4 million in aid since its inception in 2004.
  • 99% of our students matriculate to college

The generosity of our alumnae, alumnae parents, families and friends is deeply appreciated.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to partner with us this year as a Making A Difference sponsor. To make your contribution online, please click below.

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 $1,000 or more will be invited to the Making a Difference Kick-Off in February 2020
    **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

Click Here to Make Your Gift 



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



$25,000+ Catherine McAuley 

 $10,000+ Platinum 

$5,000+ Gold  

$2,500+ Silver  

$1,500+ Presidential 

$1,000+ Bronze 

$600+ Blue & White  

$300+ Crusader



Event Sponsors
Updated 4/18/2023

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

$10,000+ Platinum*

$5,000+ Gold*
Nada Barulich
Douglas and Mary Ann Lovi Button '72
Meryvn Brenner Foundation
David and Karen Castagna, P '23
Drum Foundation
Raymond and Janette Gale, P '24
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
 Janet Ruffing, RSM '63
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
Valerie Armento '69

Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02, Ed.D & Neil Brosnan
Gina Rosaia Collins '99 and James Collins
Chris and Mary Denten, P '23
Bart and Carol Cafferkey Gaul '85
Bob Grassilli
Junipero Serra High School
Mary F. Kircher '78 and Matt Kircher
Kathleen Lama '87
Jerry & Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Joe and Lisa Larratt, P '14, '15, '22
Linda and Richard Leao
Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner '02 & Richard Lechleitner
Mary and Lars Lund, P '06, '08
Andrea Metkus, M. D., P '23
Patricia and Kevin O'Connor, P '22
Dr. Mario Pompili and Katherine Lacunza Pompili '78, P '12
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
Alison Vorsatz '98

$1,250+ Bronze

$700+ Blue and White Sponsor
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)
Daniel 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
Bert Lawrence and Barbara Gilvich Bowden  '53
Alexander and Angela Infusino Button '02
Mary Bollier Carp '77 & Michael Carp
Mary Louise Castillo, P '96
George Caughman, P  '92
Joseph Nezwek and Jane Cavagnaro '78, P '14
Richard Collora and Jeanne Berube, P '14, '18
Jennifer Clifford
Maggie and Andrew Demkin P '26
Jason and Christina Beck Drogin '96
Carol and John Fraher
Chip and Janelle Gale, P '24
Micaela and Miguel Gonzalez, Sr, GP '23
Gregory and Patricia Hagey P '11
Eileen Horan
Dennis Irving
Alexander and Sandra Justman, P '17
Jennifer Lambdin and Mark Schack, P '11
Melissa Larrarte Mastrangelo '10
Jeffrey and Kathryn Mountain
Diana Fish Mongini '64 & Jamie Mongini
Paul and Mary Burke Morris '58
Sarah and Michael Murphy, P '18
Dr. Maureen Schaukowitch '65
Michelle and Bryan Shannon P' 26
Jessica and Jeffrey Thomas, P '26
Melanie Albano Valdez '89 & William Valdez
 Hazel Stegar Walton '63 and George Walton
Mindy and Randy Wong, M.D., P '12
Claire and Warren Woo P '25
Greg and Tina Yannazzo '10
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’Connor, 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 Siena
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
Mary Schaffer Kircher ‘78
Jamie Jweinat Lechleitner ‘02
Mary Lund,  P '06, '08
Martha Phillips,  P '25
Caroline Romeo,  P '14
Cathy Dunleavy Rosaia ‘72, P ‘99
Kirsten Strobel '96