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Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit
Thursday, May 2, 2019 • 6:00 pm
SF Airport marriott waterfront, burlingame
Together, we raised a total of $320,000! 100% of funds will go towards tuition assistance for deserving young women. If you haven't had the chance to make a gift, it's not too late. 

Videos from the 2019 Benefit Dinner

Sister Suzanne Toolan: The Sounds of Mercy

Making A Difference Student Speaker - Maggie Dugoni '19

Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit Impact

Photos from the Benefit Dinner

MAD19 Honorees


Mercy's mission calls us to educate young women of all socioeconomic backgrounds.  Every year the Mercy community comes together for the Making A DIfference Scholarship Benefit, an inspiring evening which raises funds for our tuition assistance program.

Since it began 15 years ago, Making A Difference has raised more than $2.4 million - supporting 1686 girls.  Last year, over 350 people attended the event and funds raised supported nearly 25% of the annual tuition assistance budget.

Now more than ever, the need for financial aid resources is critical.  This year alone, we will distribute $1.4 million in need-based financial aid to 35% of our student body.  For these qualified students, a Mercy education would not be possible without the financial support they receive.  Continuing to expand our financial aid program, through Making A Difference, is an important priority because it strengthens the high school experience of every Mercy girl. 

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
• 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

2019 Making A Difference Sponsors

Mercy High School
Board of Directors 
Event Underwriters

Annie Bianchini '90 • Pauline Borghello, RSM • Judy Cannon, RSM • Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81 • Patricia Flanagan '65 • Maureen Grazioli • Sarah Newsom Healy • Una Kinsella '83 • Brandy M.M. Navarro '98 • Michele O'Connor Tyler '68 • Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM • Clare Pool Purpura '75 • Caroline Romeo

Making A Difference
Sponsorship Levels

as of 4/25/19

$25,000+ Catherine McAuley Sponsor
The Carl Gellert & Celia Berta
Gellert Foundation
Norbert & Inger Bischofberger

$10,000+ Platinum Sponsor
Edward Goodstein & Francesca Eastman
Vasant & Sumati Prabhu
Min Zang and Yan Luo

$5,000+Gold Sponsor
The Drum Foundation
Michael & Joanne Vodica Marks '79
Marks Family Foundation
Mattel, Inc c/o Children's Foundation
Andrew & Clare Pool Purpura '75
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
John and Juliette Torrey

$2,500+ Silver Sponsor
Anne Bianchini '90
Boston Private Bank and Trust
Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation, Inc.
Douglas &  Mary Ann Lovi Button '72
William & Emilia Kibblewhite
Wayne and Catherine Dunleavy Rosaia '72

Aileen Whelan, M.D. '76

$1,500+ Presidential Sponsor
John & Melinda Adams
Matthew and Penny Stack Alexander '78
Neil &  Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan Ed.D. '02
David & Maria Collins
James & Gina Rosaia Collins '99
Dino & Gabriella Bonalanza DeRanieri '59
Patricia Dugoni
Roger Selsback & Rey Friel '64
Robert Grassilli, Jr.
Patrick & Jane Hitchcock
Junipero Serra High School
Jerry & Kathy Lautze Krause '68
Kathleen Lama '87
Mercy High School Alumnae Association
Scott & Martha Milliken
Brandy Martinez Navarro '98
& Alison Vorsatz '98
Joseph & Pam Nootbaar
Mario & Katherine Lacunza-Pompili '78
Connie Romeo
Frank Romeo

Janet K. Ruffing, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas,
West Midwest Community

 Kathleen Wuerth Sonnabend '70
Sandi Stoppoloni

$1,000+ Bronze Sponsor
Harry & Irene Garibaldi Aubright '46
Fred &  Bonnie Pors Bertetta '55
Mary Louise Castillo
Charles & Noreen Dougherty
Paul & Joan Fitzpatrick
Richard & Catherine Casey Grabinski '86
Armando & Mary Lou Bisagno Flocchini '52
Mercy Education System of  the Americas
Patrick and Mary Burke Morris '58
Ronald & Susan LePine Morro '59
Bob & Jackie O'Donnell
Donald & Joanne Hickey Prolo '60
Austin & Lauren Williams
David and Pat Price Willis '58

$500+ Blue and White Sponsor
Elaine Andrews '69
Valerie Armento '69
Rebecca Beck - Beck Brothers
Kelli & Peter Benz
Brian & Madeleine Ostertag Bucher '84
Michael & Mary Bollier Carp '77
Sylvester and Margaret Carolan
Margaret Brenner Finnegan '77
Patricia Flanagan '65
Patrick & Jane Hitchcock
Eileen Horan
Una Kinsella '83
Mark & Amy Lavelle
Lars & Mary Lund
Patricia McAdoo '65
Michael & Sarah Murphy
Juan & Mercedes Navarro 
Ann Williams Regan '59
Fr. John Ryan
Karen Lee and Michael Samn
Richard & Gina DeRanieri Wiebe '84
David & Pat Price Willis '58

$250+ Crusader Sponsor
David Howes & Janet Andrews '70
Betty Battaglia
Jean & James Biernat
Maureen Boland '66
Mary Danielski Bona '56
Bert Lawrence & Barbara Gilvich Bowden '53
Patricia & Chuck Bradley
Kevin Domecus & Laura Brucken
Shirley Cauterucio
Dave & Evelyn Neumayr Coglizer '81
Siobhan Collopy '85
Thomas &  Mary Jo Dungan Compton '64
Kevin &  Cindy McDonald Dunleavy '81
Alanna & Chris Filippi
Michael & Camile Fitzsimmons
Ann Turner Flinn '58
Mike & Christine Folan
John & Carol Fraher
Antonio Galletto
Susan Cooks Gott '58
Sabina Gotuaco
Sarah & John Healy
Sandra Barry Hart '72
Dennis Irving
Darrell Justus
Hani & Mary  Kaileh
Paul & Barbara Williams Labagh '62
Steven & Cathleen Ferrari Lagomarsino '74

Mark Schack & Jennifer Lambdin
Paul & Sandy Thiemann Lamson '63
Shivi & Prithvi Legha
Mark & Christine Tonelli Mandoli '70
Mercy High School - San Francisco
Kimathi Marangu and Andrea Pappajohn
Patricia Arana Mifsud '91
Patrick & Paula Dueball Moore '70
James Murphy
Kathleen O'Meara '58
Bill & Lorraine Welch Paul '68
Luke and Lena Perkocha
Clemons & Patricia Schultz Rawert '60

Lynn Rosaia '69
Robert & Patricia Siegel Schmolze '68

Dario Kekelj & Branislava Peric-Sekelj
Frank & Mary Hughes Stone '74

Sharon Santini Tallon '69
Carl & Michele O'Connor Tyler '68
Roger &  Barbara Bushnell Vigil '61
Donald & Jane Vogel
Mary C. Waskowiak, RSM

George & Hazel Stergar Walton '63
Mark & Mary Cilia Way '81
Marilyn Weeks '67
Douglas & Catherine Gogarty Winnett '81
Conrad Wong & Anna Huang
Marc & Sue Worrall
Joe & Jamila Sinlao Zanette Ph.D '04

Honorary Committee 

John & Melinda Adams
Penny Stack Alexander '78
Amy Bayley, RSM '69
Norbert and Inger Bischofberger
Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan Ed.D. '02
Marguerite Buchanan, RSM
Gina Rosaia Collins '99 and James Collins
Joan and Paul Fitzpatrick
Rosann Fraher, RSM
William and Emilia Kibblewhite
Kathy Lauze Krause ‘68
Kathleen Lama ‘87
Fr. Michael Mahoney, O.F.M. Cap., OLA
Kathy Lacunza Pompili '78
Vasant and Sumati Prabhu
Charlie and Caroline Romeo
Janet Rozzano, RSM
Father John Ryan, St. Catherines
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