It’s official: this year’s Senior Class Gift campaign broke last year’s record.
When the campaign ended last night at midnight, 97.3 percent of current seniors had contributed to the gift, topping last year’s total by just 0.3 percent. Courtney Fukuda ’12, who co-chaired the campaign with Joey Mensah ’12, said they learned they broke the record during an event at Box 63 held to cap off the fundraising.
“We had come into the evening hopeful but not certain that it would happen,” Fukuda said. “Once it was 11:10 and we made it to 97.1 percent, we certainly celebrated.”
Fukuda said she does not yet have data on the amount of money raised in total. But because the campaign surpassed last year’s participation record, an anonymous donor will give $100,000 to the campaign, Fukuda said. And since three colleges — Branford, Davenport and Ezra Stiles — had perfect participation rates, other anonymous donors pledged $10,000 to the campaign for each of those colleges.
Berkeley, Saybrook and Silliman each notched 99 percent participation rates, with just one student in each college not donating, Fukuda said.