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Donor Recognition

We look forward to recognizing those who will continue to help move Fisher Forward.

Showing Our Community How We Move Fisher Forward

From Kearney Hall, named in honor of Bishop James E. Kearney and his leadership during the College’s first fundraising campaign, to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and the Wegmans School of Nursing, made possible by gifts from Robert and Peggy Wegman, Fisher proudly bears the names of partners who have transformed the campus. Whether students are studying in the School of Business in the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise or celebrating Mass in the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great, they are inspired by the generosity and philanthropic spirit of the Fisher family.

Giving Societies

Spire Society members with Cardinal at the inSpire event.
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Spire Society

Membership in the Spire Society is granted to donors who commit to giving $1,000 or more to St. John Fisher College’s annual fund for at least three years.

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Jim Growney, member of the 1948 Society, poses with family members in front of a wall depicting the history of Growney Stadium.
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1948 Society

The 1948 Society, named in honor of the year that St. John Fisher College received its charter, recognizes individuals who have named the College as a beneficiary of a planned future gift.

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President Gerard Rooney addresses a gathering of donors being inducted into The Presidents Society
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Presidents Society

The Presidents Society acknowledges the generosity of a group of philanthropists who have made lifetime gifts to the College totaling $1 million or more.

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Father Graf and a student in front of Kearney Hall
Student athlete running on the track
STORIES OF IMPACT
Carry It Forward

As a faculty member, Fr. William Graf endowed a scholarship to benefit students in his department. In his nearly 40 years at the College, he has seen his students live out the Fisher values well beyond their time on campus.

STORIES OF IMPACT
Building Greatness

Mike Henchen, head coach of Fisher’s cross country and track and field programs, says he often wonders how schools that don’t have an outdoor or indoor track attract recruits. From the Polisseni Track and Field Complex, which he calls “simply amazing,” to the throws area, he says Fisher facilities are getting better every day. “It has helped us recruit student-athletes who are focused academically and athletically. They see themselves participating in a great program at a great college, they embrace the Fisher family, and are just a great group of young adults,” he says.

News and Events

Logo: Fisher Forward the Campaign for St. John Fisher College

On September 19, 2019, St. John Fisher College launched a $75 million fundraising campaign to move “Fisher Forward.” Now, one year later, the largest fundraising campaign in the College’s history is climbing steadily toward its ambitious goal.

Jack ’73 and Donna DePeters, with President Gerard J. Rooney, at the 2019 Teddi Dance for Love. The DePeters announced a $10,000 gift to the Teddi Dance during the fundraiser's opening ceremony.

St. John Fisher College today announced the creation of the DePeters Family Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence thanks to a $1 million gift from Jack ’73 and Donna DePeters. Jack retired from Wegmans Food Markets after 52 accomplished years of service to the food company, and in honor of his retirement, Wegmans matched the $1 million gift in December 2019.

Chris Biehn

St. John Fisher College has appointed Chris Biehn as the vice president for institutional advancement. Biehn, who has been serving in the role in an interim capacity since March, will begin at the College on August 10.

The 2019-2020 St. John Fisher College annual fund campaign came to a close on May 31, 2020, surpassing its goal by more than $60,000.

Dr. Susan Hildenbrand addresses teachers during a conference on trauma-sensitive classrooms held in 2019.

Drs. Susan Hildenbrand and Donna Riter, professors and colleagues at St. John Fisher College’s Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, are experts at training teachers and administrators about how to help students affected by trauma.

Shefki Beha and Shannon Munier

The Department of Media and Communication at St. John Fisher College has selected sophomores Shefki Beha and Shannon Munier as the 2020 recipients of the Jack Palvino Excellence in Communication Award.

Vic Salerno and President Rooney

St. John Fisher College alumnus and Board of Trustees member Victor E. Salerno ’66 has created a legacy of giving at the institution. In recognition of his decades of service to the College, he received the Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service, presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at an awards ceremony, held on Monday, Feb. 24, during the CASE District II Conference.

09.27
9-11:45 a.m.
Where: St. John Fisher College
09.27
10 a.m.
Where: Livestream on Facebook
09.25
7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Online

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