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Pete Meyers, President
Rob Saville, Vice President
Jennifer Brennan Waterhouse, Secretary
Steve Marconi, TMBMF Scholar, BC ’08
John Scola, TMBMF scholar BC '11
Tom Warns, TMBMF scholar BC '12
Alex Martin, TMBMF Scholar, BC '13
Max Jackson, TMBMF Scholar, BC '14
Annual Letter To Our Benefactors
"We want to help all of our students to identify and develop their gifts so that they can be a leaven for good in wider society."
It is with humble hearts that we thank you, our benefactors, for your support of the Thomas M. Brennan Memorial Foundation. Fifteen years since Tom’s death and fourteen years into our mission to honor his memory, the foundation continues to flourish. Since inception, we have disbursed nearly $500,000 in scholarship grants to 24 Boston College students. Moreover, with an endowment that has grown to $2.1 million, we are poised to expand our impact in the future.
Last year, the Foundation raised over $100,000. In addition, our net operating cash flow was augmented by a 4% return on our investment portfolio in 2015. The continued growth of the Foundation’s endowment has enabled us again to expand our scholarship grant program at Boston College. Over the summer, we again awarded four-year partial scholarships to three incoming freshmen: Jonathan Bailey of Long Valley, New Jersey; Nicole Bucci of Nanuet, New York; and Justine DiBiasio of Saugus, Massachusetts. These new scholars will join Liam Formisano (Oldwick, New Jersey), Alyssa Russ (Rutland, Massachusetts), and Emily Ianazzi (Fairfield, Connecticut) of the Class of 2019; John Stedman (Walpole, Massachusetts), Danielle Gaudet (Lynn, Massachusetts), and Erica Fallon (Norwell, Massachusetts) of the Class of 2018; and Andrew Breckel (Hebron, Connecticut), Rachel Walker (Norfolk, Massachusetts), and Natasha Bednarz (Yardley, Pennsylvania) of the Class of 2017 as Thomas M. Brennan Memorial Scholars at BC.
Twelve of our scholars have graduated from BC and have set out to make their mark in the world of finance, social services, education, accounting, medicine and law. We are honored that several of them have chosen to give back to the Foundation by joining the Foundation's Scholarship and Investments Committees.
We are exploring new fundraising event ideas for 2017 in lieu of our annual golf outing. In the interim, we are hopeful that you will prayerfully consider continuing to support our cause. We encourage you to visit our website (www.tmbmf.org) and to like us on Facebook (Thomas M. Brennan Memorial Foundation) where you can find links to donate.
In the words of Pope Francis during his visit to Ground Zero last year, it is “a hymn to the triumph of life over the prophets of destruction and death, to goodness over evil, to reconciliation and unity over hatred and division.” Those horrendous acts fifteen years ago inflicted immeasurable suffering; our benefactors have responded with unwavering generosity. Thank you again for your support and for helping us to honor the memory of Tom Brennan.
Ever to Excel,
The Board of Directors
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