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2022 Event

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 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