Reunion classes raise more than $230,000 for MC

Oct. 21, 2013
Contact: Eric Bellah, Director of the Maryville Fund

Along with reminiscing about past Maryville College memories, Homecoming is also a time when alumni can applaud the positive impact they are having as a class on their alma mater.

“Homecoming is a special time for reunion years to join together again to celebrate and honor their memories through meaningful reunion contributions,” said Eric Bellah, director of the Maryville Fund. “Reunion gifts not only honor rich memories at MC, but they ensure that today’s students will also celebrate a transforming educational experience for years to come.”

The National Alumni Association’s annual meeting and reception on Sept. 28 provided a time for Maryville College to praise the reunion year classes’ fundraising efforts.

Gifts from the Class of 1938 (celebrating its 75th reunion) through the Class of 2008 (celebrating its very first 5th reunion) totaled over $230,000. The reunion giving efforts were exemplified by the newest Golden Scots Class, the Class of 1963, celebrating its 50th reunion. Class President Bill Weissenburger ‘63 presented MC President Dr. Tom Bogart with a check totaling $164,058, which consisted of contributions to the Anderson Hall interior renovation, the Maryville Fund, MC’s endowment and Society of 1819 estate contributions.

Along with announcing overall reunion giving totals, the winners of the Anderson Hall Alumni Class Challenge were announced: the Class of 1968 raised the most funds, totaling $89,565; the Class of 2012 had the highest class giving participation at 81 percent; and the Class of 2011 was recognized for the most creative fundraising effort.

Although Homecoming has passed, the opportunity to join classmates in contributing in honor of reunions still remains. Reunion gifts made before the end of the College’s fiscal year, May 31, 2014, will count toward a class’ reunion goals. To make a reunion gift, please visit our online site or call Bellah at 865-981-8225.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.