Alumni phase of capital campaign moves into high gear

As the alumni phase of the college's "Preserving the Legacy" capital campaign moves into high gear, the Office of Institutional Advancement will shortly mail out more than 13,000 copies of a brochure that details how the funds raised in the drive will be used.

This piece, which will be sent to all alumni, parents and past parents, outlines the four main areas to which funds will be allocated: the restoration of Old Main, the construction of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center, upgrading of Zurn Hall and endowed scholarships at both the Erie and North East campuses.

With an overall goal of $20 million, the campaign recently passed the $15,700,000 mark after the first 12 months on the fundraising front. To date, Mercyhurst trustees have pledged more than $9 million; Mercyhurst faculty, administration and staff pledged more than $580,000, with a 95 percent participation rate; Mercyhurst North East employees pledged $58,000, with a participation rate of 93 percent; and the President's Associates pledged more than $161,000, with an 87 percent participation rate. The Alumni Board has pledged $15,000 plus and boasts a 100 percent participation rate.

"The most impressive statistic about the $1,660,725 given to date by our alumni in the first 12 months of the campaign is the fact that there are 10 gifts that range from $50,000 to $250,000," said Gary Bukowski '73, vice president of institutional advancement. "This is unprecedented in the 22 years that I have been involved with our fundraising efforts. Alumni are stepping to the plate like never before, realizing that this is a very significant and defining moment in Mercyhurst history."
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