The Class of ’82 breaks the record for a new bursary
What better way to mark a 25th reunion than with a cheque for $25,000? This innovative fundraising campaign was the brainchild of business grad Elaine Dundon as a special way to mark the 25th reunion with the SBE Class of ‘82. She quickly recruited Steve Wilkie from her graduating class to help bring the idea to life.
Wilkie, past president of the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association, and Dundon have stayed in touch with many of their former classmates and knew that the 25-for-25 idea would get everyone excited.
“Our class is a close bunch,” said Wilkie. “We really care about this institution, and we hope that this program will set a benchmark for other reunion classes that want to give back. Elaine also mentioned a 5-for-5 and a 10-for-10…the possibilities are endless!”
Presented to Laurier president Dr. Max Blouw during half-time at the Golden Hawks’ annual Homecoming football game in September, the cheque for $25,000 will fund an annual bursary for deserving Laurier students. And, as this gift qualifies for a government match, $25,000 is actually $50,000!
"We were really pleased with the number of people who chose to give," said Dundon. “What a great way to say thank you to Laurier for our experience and to make sure the tradition of excellence can continue at Laurier for years to come.”
Past reunion classes have banded together to raise gifts, but none have managed to attain such a high dollar figure – nor such a remarkable participation rate.
This gift is further proof that Laurier remains special to many graduates, who still feel a strong sense of community and belonging even 25 years later!