On February 18, the St. Catherine University community celebrated the women who inspire us with Give to Honor Her. On this day, we invited students, alumni, faculty, staff, family, and friends to make a contribution to the Katie Fund in the name of a woman who has made a difference in their lives — be it a relative, mentor, public figure, or friend.
The results were incredible. More than 300 donors honored over 600 women, raising close to $45,000 for the St. Catherine University Katie Fund — a 39% increase in gifts from this day of giving last year. The names of the women honored during Give to Honor Her appeared in a special tribute in the March 15 Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, as part of Women’s History Month.
“With Give to Honor Her, St. Kate’s celebrates women changemakers in a unique way,” said Beth Riedel Carney '82, Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations. “Not only does this day give us a special opportunity to recognize the women who have touched our lives, but the gifts made in their names, in turn, bolster the futures of today’s students. We are truly grateful to our donors, and the women they honored, for contributing to the ripples of change carrying us into a better world.”
The Katie Fund has always supported St. Kate’s students’ greatest needs, funding ever-important annual scholarships and resources for student programming and services. Now, with current students facing the overwhelming effects of COVID-19, the impact of the funds raised during Give to Honor Her is even more significant. Contributions to the Katie Fund will help support the transition to virtual education for the year — securing technology resources for students to access class online, providing scholarships for students in financial straits to continue their education, and more.
We thank our donors, honorees, and inspiring women everywhere for shining a light on the women who make a difference every day.