The Aggie Catholic Class of 2016, graduates from Texas A&M University actively involved at St. Mary’s Catholic Center, have done it again! By that I mean that they have followed in the footsteps of many Aggie Catholic classes before them in raising a significant class gift for St. Mary’s that will impact the ministry for years to come. While there may be some seniors who make their pledges after graduation, as of today the Class of 2016 has raised $66,380 for their class gift! Once all the gifts are in, this gift will generate at a minimum $3,300 each year for the ministry in perpetuity. Those funds will ultimately be used for important activities such as Mass supplies, choir equipment, mission trip expenses, retreat costs, student group meeting meals, and the list goes on and on. The Aggie Catholic Class of 2016 has a lot to be proud of for their collective years of service at St. Mary’s Catholic Center, and now that they are moving on to the next chapter of their lives, that service will continue on through the activities and the students that they are funding.
Much of the work in raising such a substantial sum of money was planned and executed by the Class Agents. These nine seniors planned events, sent emails, made phone calls, spoke at Mass and sat down with classmates one-on-one. It is because of the hard work of these students that the Class of 2016 gift exceeded the previous year’s gift by 99% in funds raised and 200% in participation. When asked what their motivation was in being an Agent, one member responded,
“I wanted to help lead our class in giving back to St. Mary’s. It was important to me that we do our best to give back to this place that has given us so much.”
And when asked if it was a rewarding experience, another member said,
“Yes, I was able to talk to people about how much love flows through that place [St. Mary’s]. It was awesome.”
In closing, the numbers are impressive, but what is more impressive about this year’s Class Gift is the impact that it will make on students for years and years and years to come, the witness it will be for future Aggie Catholics looking for a way to give back, and the legacy that it will be for a place that has given them so much more in return. Gig ‘em!