Four hundred alumnae/i, parents, staff, and friends of Bryn Mawr College celebrated the College's past, present, and future at the 125th Anniversary Scholarship Benefit at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 27. The fundraising gala attracted Bryn Mawrters of all generations, from the Class of 1943 to the Class of 2011, who were the first to learn of the spectacular success of this year's scholarship initiative.
Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live music, and dancing in an elegant venue with views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. A GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) after-party extended the celebration until midnight.
President Jane McAuliffe welcomed the attendees and introduced a brief video, which profiled students and alumnae making a difference in the arts, science, and civic engagement. She also thanked the gala guests for continuing the 125-year tradition of "generous gifts made by one Bryn Mawr generation to the next."
The president then made a major announcement. Last spring, she explained, the Board of Trustees launched a special effort to raise $1.25 million in scholarship funds as part of the College's 125th anniversary celebration. The crowd burst into applause when she revealed that the College's 125th Anniversary Scholarship Initiative had raised $4 million, more than triple the original goal. The total includes Gala proceeds, gifts for scholarships, and new and increased contributions to the Annual Fund.
"With these gifts we ensure the future of a Bryn Mawr education for the talented young women who seek it from across the country and around the world," President McAuliffe said.
"We are so grateful to everyone who made this evening a success, including our volunteers, guests, sponsors, benefactors, and Tribute Journal advertisers," said Donna Hooven Frithsen P ’10, chief development officer. "Their generosity will make a real difference for the many Bryn Mawr students who depend on scholarships."
Frithsen offered special thanks to the gala committee, which organized the event, and the major sponsors, who underwrote key parts of the evening's program: Carol Magil Yoskowitz ’71 and Irving Yoskowitz, venue sponsor; Nanar Tabrizi Yoseloff ’97 and Tony Yoseloff, video sponsor; The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., entertainment sponsor; and Michael Fricklas P ’10, GOLD after-party sponsor.