The Class of 2019 kicked off their final semester at Siena by breaking out their cocktail attire and raising money for the Senior Class Gift. The 10th annual Senior Gift Kickoff Party was held in the Maloney Great Room on Jan. 12, 2019. This was a perfect opportunity was for the students to add a night to their senior year. Many pictures were taken, no hors d’oeuvres went to waste, and the raffle items and silent auction were quite the hit. $750 was raised from the raffle items alone, with items including: Siena swag bags, bar tabs, gift cards to local establishments, Orange Theory and Hot Yoga certificates. Attendance reached 125 people for party, including our beloved Brother Ed, Brother George and Father Dennis.
The Senior Gift Committee continues to make efforts to raise money for the Senior Class Gift, which is a beautification project to the Academic Quad-side of the Sarazen Student Union. The Nigro Family Plaza will provide a new outdoor congregation area where students will be able to hang out, grab something from the food truck or get work done at new tables and benches. Upon completion of the Nigro Family Plaza, a plaque will be set to honor the Class of 2019 Gift. The plaque will also include the names of all those donors who contribute $100 or more over the course of the year to the Senior Class Gift. After events like the Senior Gift Kickoff Party, Fair Trade Sale and Bottle Drive, the committee has raised $7,893 (39% of their goal), with 32 donors who have already given $100 or more to become members of the Gold Dome Society.
The committee has several more events planned in order to raise money for the Gift. These events include Trivia Night on March 15, Brunch & Bubbly on April 14 and the annual Senior Week Champagne Toast on May 10 at Serra Manor. The committee also has more bottle drives planned for March 18 and April 14. More information about these events can be found on the Senior Gift website at siena.edu/seniorgift. Students will also be able to register for these events on the website and additional information on the gift, fundraising and information on the Gold Dome Society can be found there as well.