Oswego's milestone class years are well on their way to setting fundraising milestones of their own for this year's Reunion June 4 through 7.
The 10th, 25th and 50th classes are all taking part in a challenge to reach individual goals of $10,000, $100,000 and $15,000, respectively.
In addition, 1954 graduates hope to raise $25,000 to endow a scholarship in honor of their class.
"This year, the volunteers are more involved than ever before," Associate Director of Annual Giving Jamie Stack Leszczynski '04 said. "They really make up the core of this effort."
This year's class chairs and co-chairs were joined for the first time by a committee of volunteers for each class. About 22 volunteers have joined the effort to reach out to classmates via phone and e-mail.
The classes of 1999 and 1959 have passed the halfway mark of their gift goals. The Class of 1984, which has the largest goal of $100,000, has raised roughly 37 percent of that total.
Bob Allen '54 gave his class effort a huge boost with a $5,000 gift at the end of March. The Class of 1954 is about a third of the way toward their endowment goal.
The volunteers are a huge part of the success so far, according to Leszczynski.
"They're absolutely amazing," she said. "I know we would not be where we are today without them."
In addition to earning gifts, the grassroots approach also helps raise interest in Reunion Weekend, which this year invites the milestone classes of 1939, '44, '49, '54, '59, '64, '69, '84, '88, '89, '90 and '99 back to campus. All Oswego grads, including members of several Greek and other groups, are welcome at Reunion.
Registration for events and housing begins in mid-April. Donations can also be made online.
-- Shane M. Liebler
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