2021 Reunion Giving
As of May 18, 2021, reunion classes raised an incredible $7.5 million for the College, including $2.8 million for The Mount Holyoke Fund to date this fiscal year.
While we are not able to connect in person on the beautiful grounds of our alma mater this year, we are heartened to see the indelible Mount Holyoke spirit continue to strengthen our community. The support and encouragement from alums as we reimagine our work to meet this moment has been crucial to the success of the College. It is very clear why Mount Holyoke was recently rated one of the top private colleges for alumni networks.
From connecting virtually from around the globe, to sharing expertise through webinars and virtual events, and strengthening our network through advice and career opportunities, your passion, dedication and generosity continue to sustain the Mount Holyoke community. While the past year has been filled with uncertainty, what remains certain is the strength of Mount Holyoke and the alum connection.
Though we cannot currently come together on campus, we want to celebrate the tremendous outpouring of support for the College, particularly from our loyal reunion classes — classes ending in 1s and 6s, as well as the class of 2019. As of May 18, 2021, reunion classes raised an incredible $7.5 million for the College, including $2.8 million for The Mount Holyoke Fund to date this fiscal year, with many classes surpassing their goals and rising to meet (and exceed!) challenges.
|Reunion||Class||FY21 Mount Holyoke Fund Fundraising Total||FY21 Class Participation||5-year Comprehensive Fundraising Total||# / % Laurel Chain Society Members||# / % Mary Lyon Society Members|
|75||1946||$1,200||4%||$2,379,582||18 / 75.0%||3 / 13%|
|70||1951||$26,521||36%||$3,339,138||56 / 72.7%||12 / 16%|
|65||1956||$122,017||70%||$953,720||99 / 67.3%||33 / 22%|
|60||1961||$173,626||54%||$1,949,248||114 / 52.8%||32 / 15%|
|55||1966||$247,183||47%||$9,284,517||119 / 38.0%||42 / 13%|
|50||1971||$1,616,268||73%||$8,503,058||129 / 36.6%||42 / 12%|
|45||1976||$173,289||32%||$2,084,571||103 / 21.9%||30 / 6%|
|40||1981||$183,832||30%||$1,627,461||77 / 15.8%||22 / 5%|
|35||1986||$98,203||32%||$756,020||92 / 19.5%||18 / 4%|
|30||1991||$47,330||26%||$277,362||62 / 12.7%||12 / 2%|
|25||1996||$83,176||40%||$238,595||95 / 22.7%||3 / 1%|
|20||2001||$16,108||14%||$71,952||24 / 5.7%||3 / 1%|
|15||2006||$16,815||13%||$71,864||37 / 7.0%||1 / 0%|
|10||2011||$14,931||22%||$86,520||50 / 9.7%||0 / 0%|
|5||2016||$11,490||19%||$40,800||47 / 9.3%||1 / 0%|
|2||2019||$1,941||9%||$8,922||50 / 9.1%||0 / 0%|
Just as Mount Holyoke will always be a part of us, you are a part of Mount Holyoke. Your stories, experiences and contributions have shaped Mount Holyoke, and paved the way for future students to accomplish great things in the face of adversity.
Because of your support, Mount Holyoke forever shall be. Thank you!
Celebrating the Class of 1971’s 50th Reunion Gift
Congratulations to the class of 1971 on a tremendous fundraising effort in honor of your 50th reunion. During the past five years, the class of 1971 has raised $8.5 million for all purposes at Mount Holyoke. Of that, $2.56 million was raised specifically in support of The Mount Holyoke Fund, setting an impressive new record. Furthermore, the class of 1971 can boast a five-year participation rate of 83.5%.
We wish to express deep appreciation for the great Class of 1971 50th Reunion Gift Team, with special recognition for the three co-chairs, Marcy Wilkov Waterman, Emily Young and Andrea Lange. Your inspirational leadership has guided your class — and the College — to great success. Thank you again to the class of 1971 for your generous and loyal support of the College!
50th Reunion Gift Team
- Marcy Wilkov Waterman
- Emily C. Young
- Andrea G. Lange
- Katherine T. Bendo
- Barbara McClure Benedict
- Elizabeth Berens, ex officio
- Judith Katzenelson Brownstein
- Marilyn Budzanoski
- Willo Carey
- Christine C Chastain-Warheit
- Linda W. Chu
- Catherine Conover, ex officio
- Anne Marsh Fields
- Laura Aimee Garn
- Laurie Robin Hammel
- Margaret Gere Harris
- Ann S. Hurd, ex officio
- Barbara A. Kelly
- Phoebe McBee
- Katharine S. Milar
- Sally W. Munford
Reunion Fundraising Awards
Each year at Reunion, we also celebrate the fundraising achievements of Reunion classes with the awarding of the Lyon, Sphinx, Griffin and Pegasus awards. This year, we are honoring and awarding the top three classes in each category. These accolades have been earned for fundraising achievements this year and for gains made in the years since your last Reunion in 2016.
The Sphinx Award
Awarded to the three reunion classes with the highest total participation in giving to Mount Holyoke during the reunion fiscal year.
- 1st: Class of 1971 with 73% participation
- 2nd: Class of 1956 with 70% participation
- 3rd: Class of 1961 with 54% participation
The Pegasus Award
Awarded to the three reunion classes that raise the most total dollars for immediate use through The Mount Holyoke Fund during the reunion fiscal year.
- 1st: Class of 1971 with $1,616,268 for The Mount Holyoke Fund
- 2nd: Class of 1966 with $247,183 for The Mount Holyoke Fund
- 3rd: Class of 1981 with $183,832 for The Mount Holyoke Fund
The Lion Award
Awarded to the three reunion classes with the highest total giving to all funds and purposes during the five-year reunion cycle.
- 1st: Class of 1966 with $9,284,517 for all funds
- 2nd: Class of 1971 with $8,503,058 for all funds
- 3rd: Class of 1951 with $3,339,138 for all funds
The Griffin Award
Awarded to the three reunion classes with the highest percentage of Laurel Chain Society members.
- 1st: Class of 1946 with 75.0%
- 2nd: Class of 1951 with 72.7%
- 3rd: Class of 1956 with 67.3%