Class Gift

June 2023 updated August e,2023

Special Announcement: We did it!

At our class dinner at the President’s house on Friday night of Reunion Weekend, our Class Gift tri-chairs, Tom, Faust, and Paul presented President Casey with our class gift. The final confirmed and audited tally was $6.779 million. They also announced that class gift participation reached 78%, an incredible outcome and testimony to the generosity and support of our 275 class donors. Our class had the third largest 50th Reunion gift participation in history, only exceeded decades earlier by the classes of 1944 and 1958, respectively. Howard, Mike, and several class captains pitched in and made a huge difference in securing a record level of class donors.

We also reported that the two challenges offered by 10 classmates were fully met and fully funded, all to the benefit of today’s Colgate student body. The first challenge matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1.3 million, every gift made in the past three months; and the second offering was a bonus of $173,00 as an extra gift to Colgate IF we achieved at least 73% class gift participation, which we did.

We are overwhelmed and gratified by these remarkable outcomes. Thank you to each of you who responded and made Colgate a giving priority in our 50th Reunion year.


’73 Class Gift Committee:

Ron Joyce
Fausto Miraglia
Paul Raeder
Howard Schiffman
Tom Seligson

Class Captains:

Bill Barnaskas                        Jerry Jasko
Mike Barnes                          Tony Johns
Dave Brask                            Bill Johnston
Debbie Ciampi                       Bob Litts
Bill Cornachio                        Steve Maloy
Bruce Feron                           Michael Marinaccio
Rob Gould                             Daniel Ornt
Leslie Hathaway                    George O’Shea
John Hecker                          Rich Sarajian