Stonehill Attains the Summit
June 03, 2010
W.B. Mason Gift Propels Campaign Past $55 Million Goal
There was much to celebrate at the 50th Annual President's Dinner at Stonehill in June. While the night honored a half century of friendships between the College and members of the community, President and CEO of W.B. Mason Leo Meehan '75 made the surprise announcement that the Company was donating an additional $1 million to the Attaining the Summit Campaign upon accepting the President's Medal for Excellence on behalf of W.B. Mason.
"Ladies and gentleman, because of our partnership and because we believe in Stonehill and want the Attaining the Summit Campaign to succeed ahead of schedule and beyond its goal of $55 million, it is my pleasure, on behalf of the Company, to announce that W.B. Mason is making an additional gift of $1 million to Stonehill," said Meehan.
President Mark Cregan, C.S.C. '78 reported earlier in the night that over $54 million had been raised with 27 days left until the end of the Campaign on June 30. With W.B. Mason's donation, $55,709,827 had been raised. As of July 6, that figure has risen to $59 million.
W.B. Mason, which had already made a gift of $1.5 million to the Campaign, received the President's Medal for its dedication and support of the Brockton community where the Company is headquartered.
"At [W.B. Mason], Leo works with three outstanding partners - Steve Greene, John Greene and Tom Golden. Under their astute leadership and with the support of a family of energetic, hard-working employees, the W.B. Mason Company goes from strength to strength while always remaining loyal to its Brockton roots," said President Cregan.
Stonehill and W.B. Mason have enjoyed a strong, long-standing relationship as more than 100 alumni of the College are employed by the Company. "And, that is a number that keeps on growing, which augers well for our continued partnership," added President Cregan.
Meehan noted that he and his partners at W.B. Mason (pictured left: John Greene, Leo Meehan, Fr. Mark Cregan and Steve Greene) have attended every President's Dinner since the '70s.
"We have always been impressed and happy to see deserving people recognized for their contributions. It is quite an honor to have Stonehill think of the four of us in that same light," he said.
Brendan Gorey '10 made the drive from Long Island where he recently began a new position at W.B. Mason's Hauppauge branch to speak at Thursday's dinner.
"Today was my third day working for the W.B. Mason Company," noted Gorey, who received his Bachelor of Science degree as a Finance and Public Administration double major at Stonehill less than two weeks ago.
A member of the football team and Financial Management Association as well as the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Gorey (pictured below) said his range of experiences at Stonehill taught him two major lessons: the importance of working hard and of building good relationships with others.
"At Stonehill, I worked hard on every project I was assigned. I also made friends not just with classmates, but with my professors, staff, and administrators. I listened to them and took advantage of their advice and guidance. Thanks to them and my own commitment, I believe I am prepared for the new challenge of succeeding in the business world with W.B. Mason where the motto is ‘Work Hard, Play Hard.'"
The winner of the Mercedes raffle was also announced at Thursday's dinner. Gil Roderiguez of Darien, CT is now the owner of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sport Sedan. James Fleming of Dover, MA also won $2,500 in cash and Gino Disciullo of Los Altos, CA won $1,000 in cash.
Since 1961, the President's Dinner has honored educational service and leadership in the community.
"With his Eminence Richard Cardinal Cushing, Stonehill President Rev. Richard Sullivan and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative Joseph Martin in attendance, more than 280 friends gathered to support the College," recalled President Cregan about the first President's Dinner.
"It was a big step at the time for a school that was only in existence for 13 years. With hindsight, however, it was the start of a great tradition, one that heralds the summer for us and brings hundreds of neighbors and friends to the College to see our progress and meet our students," said President Cregan.
With a record 840 neighbors, friends and alumni attending this year's Dinner, $150,000 was raised.
The $55 million Attaining the Summit Campaign is the largest fundraising campaign undertaken in the history of the College.
The comprehensive effort will transform the student experience by strengthening Stonehill in five strategic areas: the building of the Shields Science Center, increasing scholarship support, strengthening academics, growing the Stonehill Annual Fund, and enhancing athletics.
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