On Nov. 6, the SMC Women in Philanthropy Committee hosted "40 Years/One Night: A Gaela Celebration." The evening honored the achievements of women from the 1975 class (first to include female students) all the way through the most recent graduating class in 2009.

"It was an overwhelming feeling of pride at not only what these women had accomplished but also the role Saint Mary’s
College had played and continues to play in each of their lives," said SMC Assistant Vice President of Development and class of '96 graduate Lisa M. Moore. "It was inspiring to hear their many stories and for Saint Mary’s to publicly recognize alumnae in such a significant way. The event also made many of us who are more recent graduates realize what a short time ago women weren’t accepted as students and just how thankful we are for the women who forged ahead of us."

Highlights from the evening included a reception, dinner, drawing, a silent auction and words of inspiration from the honorees. More than $32,000 was raised for the Sister Clare Wagstaffe Endowed Scholarship.The night also marked the formal launch of Women in Philanthropy, a group dedicated to “inspiring, encouraging and promoting female philanthropic leadership and participation at Saint Mary’s College.”

To connect with the Women in Philanthropy Committee, find then on Facebook by searching “Saint Mary’s College Women in Philanthropy.”

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