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Dartmouth's class of 2007 breaks record with senior class gift participation

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs
Posted 06/09/07 • Sue Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Eighty percent of the Dartmouth Class of 2007 made donations to support the Senior Class Gift (SCG), breaking the old participation record held by the Class of 2006, which stood at 73 percent. Eleven organizations in Dartmouth's Coed/Fraternity/Sorority (CFS) community boasted 100 percent participation, and every member of the Senior Executive Committee, the leadership of the class, participated.

Dartmouth's 2007 Senior Class Gift interns with President James Wright
Dartmouth's 2007 Senior Class Gift interns with President James Wright. From left: Troy Stewart, Shala Byers, President Wright and Amy Rolfvondenbaumen. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

The students raised a total $15,145, just shy of last year's SCG total. However, gifts from parents and friends brought the total to $23,326. And, with an additional $80,000 from alumni challengers Barry MacLean '60, Brad Evans '64, Peter Fahey '68, Ed Haldeman '70, and Karen Francis '84, the total amount raised was $108,407. All money raised by the SCG goes toward financial aid.

"The Class of 2007 has truly shown its spirit with this achievement," says Dartmouth President James Wright. "I'm very proud of the students' support of Dartmouth. The College is also grateful for the generosity of the alumni who encouraged the students with their challenge."

Interns Shala Byers, Amy Rolfvondenbaumen, and Troy Stewart, all members of the class, were instrumental in leading a team of 33 volunteers to raise the money. A poster, featuring a painting by Margot Hurley '07 of the 2003 bonfire, was given to everyone who made a gift.

Jeremy Debate, also an '07, created the first student-designed and -maintained SCG website. In addition to offering online giving, the site invited students to write testimonials about why giving to Dartmouth is important. One comment says, "This is a way of showing my appreciation of the institution that gave me so much and my way of giving back to those that come after me."

To bring the program full-circle, all student donors to the 2007 SCG campaign will have the chance to see their donation at work. They will be invited back to campus for Homecoming in October to meet the 15 scholars from the Class of 2011 supported by the SCG.

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