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Reunion 2013 classes raise $3.2 million for Brandeis

President Frederick Lawrence accepts a Reunion giving check for more than $3.2 million from the class chairs for Reunion 2013.
While Reunion 2013 is over, the impact will be felt on the Brandeis campus for many years to come.

The 12 Reunion classes raised $3.2 million for the University – a 28 percent increase from a year ago – in support of Brandeis students and faculty. Nearly 900 alumni, an all-time record, participated in Reunion festivities June 7-9.

“We are pleased that Reunion giving has become as much of a part of the Reunion tradition as the Ralph Norman Barbecue, class dinners and a tour of the Castle,” said Mark Ableman, assistant vice president of development. “Reunion giving is a key component of our Annual Fund program, which supports the University’s top fundraising priorities, including student financial aid.”

The Class of 1963, which observed its 50th Reunion, led the way by raising $1.3 million. Seventy-two percent of the 60th Reunion celebrants (1953) contributed to the class gift, the highest participation rate among the Reunion classes. The 5th and 10th Reunion classes tied at 20 percent in their Reunion participation challenge.

Reunion 2013 Committee Chairs

1953 – Marylin Tell Holzberg ’53 and Carole Schwartz Kessner ’53
1958 – Arline Schwartz Rotman ’58
1963 – No designated chair
1968 – Penny Pressman Bernstein ’68 and Stephen Goldman ’68
1973 – Paul Regan ’73 and Jan Solomon ’73
1978 – Brian Lash ’78 and Mark Surchin ’78
1983 – Risa Levine ’83 and Robin Sherman ’83
1988 – Beth Fleischman Zweibel ’88 and Evan Cohn ’88
1993 – Gina Ehrlich Gonchar ’93, Marc Gonchar ’93 and Stephanie Lehman Schutzer ’93
1998 – Alexander Heckler ’98 and Warner Macklin III ’98
2003 – Daniel Braunfeld ’03, Mara Braunfeld ’03, Gregg Leppo ’03 and Marissa Smilowitz Leppo ’03
2008 – Matthew Brown ’08 and Choon Woo Ha ’08

Reunion 2014 will be held June 6-8, 2014 for the 12 classes ending in 4 or 9 (1954, ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ’04 and ’09). If you are interested in serving on your class Reunion Committee, email reunion@alumni.brandeis.edu.
Categories: Reunion, Giving
Date: July 25, 2013