Throughout their time at Siena, the senior class has seen the importance of the Franciscan mission and the opportunities that come from giving back to the community. The Senior Class Gift Campaign is a long standing tradition that began with the Class of 1968. Each year, seniors come together to fund a special project for the College in honor of their graduation. Senior Brianna Brown `20 puts it best by saying, “Every opportunity I have ever gotten I owe to Siena, and I hope to give that opportunity to future Saints.” Year after year the campaign continues to grow, and the Class of 2020 is excited to keep the tradition going.
On January 19th, over 175 members of the Class of 2020 returned from winter break one night early to kick off their senior gift campaign with a cocktail reception. When asked why she attended the event, Jensen McLenithan `20 says, “The Kickoff Party is a great way for seniors to get together to ring-in our final semester at Siena! Any way to extend our time as Saints is an opportunity we are grateful for.” The Kickoff Party, now in its eleventh year, remains a highlight of senior year at Siena. Photos from the fundraiser can be found here.
Following the event, the seniors have now raised over $8,000. Money raised this year will fund the special “Bells of Remembrance” project at Siena. Gold Dome Donors ($100+) will have their names added to a plaque which will be displayed near the Bells, which were a gift from the Holy Name Province of Franciscan Friars in New York City.
Find out more about the Senior Class Gift and the Bells of Remembrance on the Class of 2020 Senior Gift page.