On Dec. 7, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., hosted the eighth annual reception for scholarship donors and recipients. The reception celebrates the generosity of donors who have created both endowed scholarships and annual Holy Cross Fund scholarships. Donors have the opportunity to meet their scholarship recipients and many of the other talented young scholars who are benefiting from scholarship resources. Following the reception, all guests were invited to attend the Festival of Lessons and Carols in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel.
This year, for their 25th reunion, the Class of 1981 came together and sponsored nine Holy Cross Fund scholarships, each named for a deceased classmate. Their intention was to honor their classmates' lives and to say publicly how deeply these individuals are missed by their Holy Cross friends. More than 100 donors from the Class contributed $102,670 to name scholarships for: Daniel D. DeFerie, M.D.; Marjorie Sullivan Goodwin; Daniel N. Michaud; Robert P. Perkaus III; Thomas C. Regan, Esq.; Mark V. Robichaud; Jay P. Russell, M.D.; Michael J. Treanor; and Dwayne Yancey.
Family members and classmates traveled from as far away as Illinois and Florida to attend the reception and meet the scholarship recipients. Widows, children, parents and siblings of the honored '81ers expressed their joy and gratitude that the Class had chosen to remember their loved ones in this way.