President's Society Dinner

Celebrating the Donors Who Celebrate the Students 

On Saturday, October 23, the stained-glass elegance of the
popular new Grace restaurant in Portland was the fine setting
for a gathering of 80 generous supporters and friends of Saint
Joseph’s College at the President’s Society Dinner.

The President’s Society is a group of dedicated individuals
and businesses that contribute to the Saint Joseph’s College
Annual Fund and other college projects. Historically, President’s
Society members contribute roughly one-third of each
year’s Annual Fund. According to President Joe Lee, “These
are flexible funds that allow us not only to carry out normal
activities but to respond to unexpected urgent needs. Our
President’s Society donors make a significant difference in
the quality of a Saint Joseph’s education for all students –
on campus and online – and the future of our institution.
We are so grateful to them.”

During dinner, President Lee spoke of the highlights of the
past year, including the establishment of the Mercy Center for
Community Service, Leadership and Learning and the recent
enrollment growth in the online Graduate & Professional
Studies division.

Board of Trustees Chairman and President of Webber
Energy Fuels Michael Shea ’72 also thanked guests for their
incredible support of Saint Joseph’s, noting that Saint Joseph’s
is moving toward its Centennial Celebration in 2012, anticipating
a second 100 years of friendship and support.

To round out the evening’s program, senior sports management
major Shakira LaFond of Brooklyn, N.Y., spoke on
behalf of students, who are the beneficiaries of generous support:
“The college’s core values serve as a model for the ideal
citizen and, most importantly, the student,” said LaFond.
“…I hope that the compassion, faith, excellence, integrity,
respect, community and justice that Saint Joseph’s College
designates as its Core Values continue to enrich the lives of the
current students who are in attendance, as well as the students
of the future.”