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The St. Clare Society

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit."

Nelson Henderson

The St. Clare Society honors the uncommon generosity of those benefactors who have demonstrated the ultimate commitment to Alvernia by providing for future of the university through a planned or deferred gift. They personify a special devotion to this institution and to our mission that is truly extraordinary. St. Clare Society members ensure that the transforming education described in our motto, To Learn, To Love, To Serve, will thrive for generations to come.

Established in 1998, the society is named in honor of St. Clare of Assisi, a generous 13th Century noblewoman who, moved by the eloquence of St. Francis, gave up everything to devote her life to the Lord. Her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis in leading a humble, poor life for Christ. At the age of 17, she secretly left home to join the Order of the Franciscans. Her family tried every conceivable ploy to make her return, but she persisted in her desire to follow God, ultimately founding an order of nuns known as the ORder of the Poor Ladies, commonly called Poor Clares.

Alvernia University gratefully acknowledges the selfless loyalty and remarkable dedication of those listed in The St. Clare Society Honor Roll, not only because of their incredible largesse, but also because their leadership is an inspiration to others.

An Invitation to Join the St. Clare Society

Members of the St. Clare Society have expressed their commitment to Alvernia University through a very special and important form of financial support.

These donors have named Alvernia as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest and/or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts, or gifts of life insurance.

Once you complete your estate plans, please fill out our member profile form to let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the St. Clare Society.

Membership Benefits

Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made, and it may inspire generosity in others.

Benefits of membership in the St. Clare Society also include annual luncheons, invitations to special events and seminars and a subscription to our newsletter.

The most important benefit you will receive from joining the St. Clare Society is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to our long-term success.

Honor Roll Members

Mrs. Josephine T. Bilger*
Mr. & Mrs. James S. Boscov
Mrs. Shirley Boscov
Kevin & Jeannette Calabria
Judge Mary Ann Ullman
John* & Zena* Cenerazzo
Mrs. Jess F. Cwiklinski
Richard K. Davis & Karen L. Rylander-Davis
Mr. Ira O. Fisher*
Claire D. Flemming '77
Tom & Helen Flynn
Anne Graf Flansburg '65
Dr. & Mrs.* Frank A. Franco
Mr. Raymond Ganter*
Mrs. Margaret Gilbert*
Dr. & Mrs. John W. Gruber
Robert & Susan Guay
Dr. Nan M. Hamberger*
Meggan Hannigan-Kerber '96, '01
Mrs. Florence M. Hartgen*
Kathleen Herbein '95
Earl J. Heydinger family and Mary Ann Deborah Heydinger
Mr. & Mrs. T. Jerome Holleran
Mark D. Hullinger '89
Mr. Vincent A. Iannucci*
Steven S. Keiser '80
Lee* & Fran Klein
Kathleen W. Kleppinger '83
Ronald F.* and Donna J.* Klinikowski

Mrs. Esther Krasevac
Dan* & Helen* Kubacki
Richard A. & Gloria B. Law
Mr. Stanley B. Lewandowski*
John W. Luvisi
Mr.* & Mrs.* William E. Maier
Laurence & Cynthia Mazzeno
Mr.* & Mrs. John McCloskey, Sr.
Robert '82 & Theresa '83 McCormack
Raymond H. Melcher, Jr. '78
Glenn & Carol Miller
Janice B. Miller
Thomas & Jamie Minick
Patricia A. Newman '76
Marie E. Nowakowski
Honorable Michael A. O'Pake*
Yvonne Frey Oppenheimer '95/M'01
Mrs. Mary Pendleton
Mrs. Emily* & Roy* Pertie
Mr. Frank J. Podczasy*
Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Pressimone
Sue D. Reese '83, Trustee
Mark & Deanna Reuben
William J. A.* & Susan Rohn
Rabbi Alan G. Weitzman
Chester & RoseMarie '82 Winters
Eleanor Zebrowski '64

* deceased

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