Class of 2006 Raises Record Senior Gift

Totaling $20,958, Gift will Support Sports Complex and Annual Fund

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From left, Win Priem '59, WPI President Dennis Berkey, Tofer Carlson '06, and Dan Martel '06 with a check representing the $9,158 raised by the Class of 2006 toward its Senior Class Gift. Matching gifts brought the gift total to $20,958.

WORCESTER, Mass. - Members of WPI's Class of 2006 will depart campus with their diplomas and their memories after Saturday's Commencement ceremony, but they will also leave something important behind. This week, the students presented their alma mater with a record senior class gift: $20,958, with matching donations, which has been designated to support the Annual Fund and the construction of a new sports and recreation complex for the university.

"Recognizing the importance of giving back, the Class of 2006 restricted a portion of its funds to a project that is still only in discussion—a project that will not come to fruition until well after the class has left campus," notes Adam Epstein '05, assistant director of alumni relations. "The class recognizes the need for a new sports and recreation complex and understands the impact it will have on the future of WPI."

Through its fund-raising efforts, the class raised a total of $9,158 from 156 seniors and 26 senior parents (that total will likely grow, since contributions continue to come in). By raising at least 20 percent more funds than did the Class of 2005, the students earned a $10,000 challenge match from WPI Trustee Win Priem '59 and a $1,000 challenge match from WPI President Dennis D. Berkey.

The class received a $500 challenge from James Montano, former member of the Alumni Fund staff, by recruiting 50 new young alumni members for the President's Advisory Council (new graduates can join this giving society with a contribution of $100). A total of 57 members of the Class of 2006 joined the PAC. Finally, the class received $300 from Adam Epstein, for achieving a nearly 30 percent participation rate.

On May 15, President Berkey hosted a reception at his house for donors to the senior gift and the members of the 2006 Senior Class Gift Committee: Tofer Carlson and Dan Martel (co-chairs), Laura Amodeo, John Caulkins, Eileen Kelly, Tyler Longmire, Melissa Marion, Michael Terranova, May Win Oo, and Sabrina Wong. Carlson and Martel will formally present the class gift to Berkey during the Commencement ceremony on May 20.

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