Alumni Phonathon breaks all records, brings in $90,404 from 1,791 pledges

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of a highly motivated group of Mercyhurst students, the 2002 Alumni and Parents Phonathon broke all records, bringing in $90,404 from 1,791 pledges – the highest totals ever reached in both categories. 

“These students hustled, there’s no other way to put it,” said Steve Zinram, director of the annual fund and coordinator of the phonathon. “They made 15,947 calls in 12 calling sessions, and that’s just amazing. Last year, we raised $80,152 with 1,523 pledges and made 12,355 calls in 15 sessions.”

A total of 213 student callers participated in the phonathon from the following campus organizations: Ambassadors, cheerleaders, dance majors, field hockey, HRIM, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rowing, women’s basketball, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse and women’s volleyball. 

Ambassadors were top fund-raisers ($29,691), with men’s ice hockey taking second place ($12,528) and HRIM third place ($9,095). The top individual fund-raiser was Eric Barr, a senior HRIM major, ($8,895). Ambassador Mitch Thompson was in second place ($3,280), and Ambassador Jessica Kapusta in third ($2,145). 

Gains were also made in the parents’ portion of the phonathon. This year, 330 pledges were made, compared to 310 for last year, and 110 past parents contributed, compared to 82 last year. 

“Every student who took part in this event – as well as the advisers and coaches who helped recruit them – is to be commended. They did a magnificent job, both in terms of the funds they raised and the positive, energizing influence they had on our growing alumni base,” Zinram said. “We also owe a big thank you to members of the alumni and advancement staffs, who went the extra mile for the 2002 phonathon: Jeanette Britt, Tammy Gandolfo, Cecile Hreha, Pat Liebel, Gary Peterson, Kathy Richardson and Sherrie Shumate.”

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