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The preliminary results are in for the 2015–16 annual appeal.

Thanks to our generous donors, this was the BEST YEAR EVER!

The top five funds from this year’s appeal are as follows: Annual Fund: $374,878.11 Student Tuition Assistance: $350,042.68 Learning Center: $100,000.00 Class of 1965 Reunion Fund: $36,659.50 Crusader Crew Club: $25,390.00

Thank you to all the alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, foundations and companies that supported Bergen Catholic this year. Your generosity made an impact on the daily lives of our stu- dents.

The impact of your gifts will also be felt next year in the following ways: • Security and technology will be up- graded in the school

• Many more students than last year will receive financial aid

• The Learning Center will be expanded and personnel will be added to assist our students

• The crew team will replace old boats with some of the best boats available

Thank you again to all our donors. You are making a difference!


Zeke Rodgers ’92 Vice President for Advancement

Announcement: Over the past year, Br. Brian Walsh and I have discussed my

inevitable future retirement and resultant “management suc- cession.” At the year-end faculty and staff meeting in June, Br. Walsh announced that, effective July 1, 2016, I would resign my position as Vice President for Advancement and that Zeke Rodgers would assume that post. Zeke has been with the Ad- vancement team for just over three years and has become uniquely positioned for this next step in his varied BC career. I wish him every success in his new role and remain committed to supporting him in every possible way. I am confident that the BC community will do likewise. Zeke is the young blood that will carry on the mission of Advancement into the great fu- ture that lies ahead! As for me, effective July 1, 2016, I will assume the title of

Director of Strategic Gift Planning, which will allow me to focus into the near future on our major gift initiative, The Cru- sade to the Summit (now in “quiet” phase) and planned giving (wills, bequests, trusts, retirement and life insurance benefici- ary designations, et al.). As such, I will have personal interac- tions with those among us who are committed to ensuring the progression of a great school into the future in meaningful, sup- portive ways. I look forward to furthering our overall relation- ship with the generous community that has always been, and will always be, so necessary in building the future of Bergen Catholic. At the BC Golf Classic in June, I asked those assembled to

think about what Bergen Catholic might look like (a short) 14 years from now, when we reach our 75th Diamond Jubilee year and resultant celebration on September 11, 2030. What we look like then will, in large part, be determined by the success of The Crusade to the Summit and our collective response to what this major gift initiative inspires us to achieve. We ask for your prayers during this quiet phase and for the ultimate suc- cess of this initiative. By then, from my retirement perch, I know that I will look back with great pride, especially based upon the generous hearts that will make all plans and dreams possible via their investment commitments over the next 18 to 36 months. All will be possible because our school’s motto (cho- sen so wisely by the first graduating class as freshmen in 1955 and graduates in 1959), inspires us to believe that it is possible: Deus Vult! God Wills It! Happy summer months to all!

Joe Branciforte ’64, P ’03 Director of Strategic Gift Planning

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