Day of Giving Challenges

Welcome to the St. Mary’s Day of Giving 2020! Throughout the day, there will be a host of challenges – calling on specific groups to donate and/or match generous donors’ donations to essentially “double their donation” during specific times. We put all of the challenges together on this page in case you missed the “power hour (EST)” for each challenge, but still want to give to a certain cause. Simply designate your gift on our donation page to the challenge you are responding to!

12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. – Mr. Fay’s Students Challenge: Each one of Mr. Fay’s 4,000 students are challenged all day to make a gift to honor the impact Mr. Fay had on the lives of so many of his students.

9:00 a.m. – Dr. David Hangauer ’70 Matching Challenge: Dr. David Hangauer is a member of the Class of 1970 and is willing to match up to $5,000 in donations over the next hour! Dr. Hangauer founded Athenex Inc. – a billion-dollar pharmaceutical company – out of his chemistry lab at the University at Buffalo. He recently agreed to be a part of St. Mary’s Adjunct Professor Program, speaking to the school’s AP Biology and Chemistry classes. Thank you, Dr. Hangauer!

1:00 p.m. – The Aquino Family Foundation Challenge – Classes of 1973, 10974, 1977, & 1981: Nick Aquino, M.D. ’73, Joe Aquino, D.P.T. ’74, LuAnne Brown-Aquino, RN & CEO ’77, Mark Aquino, Atty. ’81, and Mike Aquino, M.D. ’81 are challenging their classmates to give during the next hour. The Aquino Family Foundation has been a wonderful partner to St. Mary’s High School over the years! 

3:00 p.m. – Students of Mrs. Rosenthal and Poz Challenge: Any students of Mrs. Rosenthal or Poz out there can make a donation in honor of Mr. Fay as well.

4:00 p.m. – Athletics Team Challenge: Legacy. Our athletics program has always had a rich tradition of winning. Were you a part of a team at St. Mary’s? Do you remember all of the good times on the field, court, or track? We’re challenging all former Lancer athletes to make a donation in honor of your team and/or designate it to a specific program. Every little bit helps for new uniforms, gear, or field/rink time!

5:00 p.m. – Performing Arts Challenge: St. Mary’s has always had incredibly talented performers put on some of the best musicals and plays in WNY. Were you a part of a show at SMH? Do you remember taking the stage for a musical? We’re challenging all former singers, dancers, and actors to make a donation in honor of your favorite show or designated to the Performing Arts.

6:00 p.m. – Alumni Challenge – Classes of 1999, 2002, & 2003: Calling all young alumni! Brothers Christian ’99, Aaron ’03, and Justin Williams ’03 along with their cousin, Jordan Sutkowski ’02, are challenging all young alumni – specifically their classes of 1999, 2002, and 2003 – to make a donation in the next hour! They are going to donate $5,000 from their annual golf tournament held each year in memory of their father and uncle respectively to match any donation that comes through in response to this challenge. Something as simple as donating $1 for every year you since you graduated would go such a long way. Thank you, Williams and Sutkowski Families!

8:00 p.m. – Lancer Families Challenge: So many families have St. Mary’s stories that span generations – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings – and the list goes on. Each one of these families is proof of what makes St. Mary’s such a special place to be. Have you been a part of one of these families that has been with St. Mary’s for decades? We’re challenging you to make a donation now!

11:00 p.m. – West Coast Lancer Challenge: The sun might be setting on the St. Mary’s Day of Giving on the east coast, but this is prime time giving time on the west coast! All of our west coast Lancers – you’re up! We’re challenging you to make a donation this hour!