Deb Evans, director of constituent relations, received the
first of the new Impact Awards for employees for her work
on planning and organizing the Celebration Ball on November
1. Bob Schoenen, vice president for institutional advancement,
presents Deb with the certificate (and later, a check).
Within a week of each other, two events this
fall raised more than $55,000 for the College.
During Homecoming weekend,
choir alumni and friends from the 38 years that Richard and Monica Schantz
led the Music Department raised $28,000 to endow a music scholarship
in their honor.
25 tribute dinner, which coincided with Dick Schantz’s
75th birthday, drew more than 200 alumni, faculty, and friends. Their donations
more than enough to endow the Richard and Monica Schantz Music Scholarship.
The Schantz event was the idea of Linda Pettinelli ’91,
who proposed it in August to Monica Schantz. “To put
it together and raise that much money in less than three
months is simply amazing,” said Joan Lardner Paul,
irector of major gifts in the Development Office.
Pettinelli and her organizing committee worked
with Monica to put together the program. Together they
contacted almost 1,300 choir alumni, Moravian College Music
Alliance members, and other
friends, including longtime Christmas Vespers patrons. Dick Schantz gave
the Christmas Vespers service the form in which we know it today, starting
in 1956, and his choirs performed at 240 Vespers services.
A week later,
on November 1, the Celebration Ball raised almost $27,000
for athletics projects and improvements. About 300 people
attended the event in
Johnston Hall, which included a menu, decorations, and entertainment replete
with sports allusions.
Deb Evans, director of constituent relations,
who organized the ball, devised a menu in innings rather
filled the basketball hoops with flowers
(from Elysian Fields Specialty Florals), and ran two continuous slide shows
of men’s and women’s athletics highlights on giant screens hung
from the gym’s ceiling.