1856-Minute Challenge 2019

85% of 3,033 Donor goal
This campaign ended on February 22, 2020, but you can still make a gift to St. Lawrence University by clicking here!
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Katie Dolan photoKatie Dolan matched $18

Caitlin Goolden photoCaitlin Goolden matched $20

Morgan Neve photoMorgan Neve matched $20

Lexi Williams photoLexi Williams matched $20

An Anonymous DonorSohel Rana matched $25

An Anonymous DonorMarissa S. Traver matched $25

Mary Baucom photoMary Baucom matched $25

An Anonymous DonorJohanna Ryan matched $25

An Anonymous DonorCatherine Parker matched $15

An Anonymous DonorBeth Osman matched $20

An Anonymous DonorAmy E Callahan matched $30

Amanda Birchenough photoAmanda Birchenough matched $50

Anna Brouillette photoAnna T Brouillette matched $50

Jonathan Brown photoJonathan Brown matched $50

An Anonymous DonorLiz Miller matched $50

Matt Carotenuto photoMatthew Carotenuto matched $50

Claire O'Neil photoClaire O'Neil matched $50

An Anonymous DonorElizabeth Edwards matched $50

An Anonymous DonorEvan Koncewicz matched $50

An Anonymous DonorTravis Galowski matched $18

Amber Lynn photoAmber Lawyer matched $50

Samantha Colton photoSamantha Colton matched $50

Meg Keniston photoMeg Bernier Keniston matched $50

An Anonymous DonorKelan Koncewicz matched $49

Bridget O'Leary photoBridget O'Leary matched $50

Jennifer Cabot Breslin photoJennifer Cabot Breslin & Robert Breslin matched $50

Alli Morrow photoAllison Morrow matched $50

An Anonymous DonorLyndsay Malcomb & Jacob Malcomb matched $55

John R O'Connor photoJohn Robert O'Connor matched $56

Ben Ireland photoBen Ireland matched $100

An Anonymous DonorBailey Phelps matched $100

Amy Pollard Faulkner photoAmy Pollard Faulkner matched $100

Emily Doolan photoEmily Roy matched $100

Andrew Leiser photoAndrew Leiser & Haley Feickert matched $100

Laura Patrick photoLaura Patrick matched $100

Katherine Figueroa photoKatherine Figueroa matched $100

Beth Dixon photoBeth Dixon matched $100

Betsy Warner Mayer photoBetsy Warner Mayer matched $100

An Anonymous DonorChristopher Tamm & Drew Bishop matched $100

An Anonymous DonorDavid Lloyd & Chelsea Lloyd matched $100

Lexi Marie photoAlexis M. Beckwith matched $46

Bill Prescott photoBill Prescott matched $100

Emily Hurlbut photoEmily Hurlbut matched $100

Pamela Swanson photoPamela Swanson matched $100

An Anonymous DonorHolly Hare matched $100

An Anonymous DonorDanny Graham matched $50

Brooke Spater photoBrooke Spater matched $100

Chelsea Nuffer Lloyd photoChelsea Lloyd & David Lloyd matched $44

An Anonymous DonorMichael McPhillips matched $100

Rick Beyer photoRick Beyer matched $35

Denny Morreale photoDenny Morreale matched $100

Elaine White photoElaine White matched $125

Kelly Appenzeller photoKelly Appenzeller matched $125

Molly Lunn Owen  photoMolly Lunn Owen matched $130

An Anonymous DonorMary Claire Schwab Farnham matched $57

Sean Kelly photoSean Kelly matched $150

An Anonymous DonorRon Albertson matched $150

Dawn Hamlin photoDawn Hamlin matched $100

Alina Miska photoAlina Miska matched $200

Taylor Moon photoTaylor Moon & Matt Dodge matched $200

Tom Wilder photoThomas Wilder matched $80

An Anonymous DonorChristopher Hyde matched $200

An Anonymous DonorEmily Forbes matched $250

An Anonymous DonorEd Forbes matched $250

An Anonymous DonorAnne Ferris Cassidy matched $500

Chad Tessier photoChad Alan Tessier matched $500

Kim Robinson Hissong photoKim Robinson Hissong matched $468

Lynn E. Dixon photoLynn Dixon matched $500

Joe Keniston photoJoe Keniston matched $500

An Anonymous DonorGretchen K Bates matched $280

Cristina Lussi photoCristina Lussi matched $1,000

Cortney Terrillion photoCortney Terrillion matched $266

John Pezdek photoJohn Pezdek matched $1,000

An Anonymous DonorPaige Friedlander matched $385

Gary Zonitch photoGary Zonitch matched $5,000
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An Anonymous DonorD. Kurt and Eden Terrell gave $50

Aaron Todd photoAaron Todd gave $100

Sue Browse photoSue Browse & Tim Browse gave $500

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $150,000 because 2,019 donors made a gift in 15 days

The Power of Connections

Connecting people is something we do well. Together, we can do more of it by helping our students explore the power of the St. Lawrence network.

For three years, our alumni network has been named one of the best in the country by The Princeton Review. Most of our graduates say fellow Laurentians helped them get that meeting, the job they wanted, or that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is a direct result of the St. Lawrence experience and our goal, as a community, to serve, uplift, and empower each other.  

To fuel our network and continue creating transformational opportunities for more St. Lawrence students, we need every Laurentian. By giving during this 1856-Minute Challenge, you are supporting the programs and people that help our students make more connections and build the St. Lawrence network that benefits us all.

A generous Laurentian couple is so inspired by the potential of our combined giving — and the Laurentian network — they’ve put forth a $500,000 challenge:

     By recruiting 150 GiveCampus Advocates, we’ll earn $50,000.
     By reaching 2,019 donors, we’ll earn $150,000.
     By reaching 3,033 donors, we’ll set a new Laurentian record and receive $300,000.

Take part in this 1856-Minute Challenge by making a gift between 10:04 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10 and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.

Make your gift now, become a GiveCampus Advocate, and encourage the Laurentians you know to stand alongside you and every other Laurentian. Make every minute count!  


Over the last two days, our community has demonstrated the power of Laurentian connections and commitment.

Highlights and achievements for the 1856-Minute Challenge include: 

• Raising $398,910 from 2,584 donors
• Exceeding 2,019 donors and unlocking $150,000 
• Exceeding 150 Community and GiveCampus advocates and unlocking $50,000
• The classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 were 4 out of 5 of the top classes

The generous Laurentian couple that challenged our community were so inspired that our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends pushed well beyond the 2,019 donor goal they have decided to give an additional $170,000! In total, the 1856-Minute Challenge raised $768,910.  

These results are a profound testament to the Laurentian network, already recognized as one of the very best in the nation.

Your generosity and spirit have supported the Laurentian connections that strengthen the St. Lawrence legacy. A special thank you to our Community and GiveCampus volunteer advocates as well as the generous Laurentian couple that matched our donors’ gifts.

Your support throughout the 1856-Minute Challenge confirms our passionate belief that St. Lawrence creates leaders and Laurentians for Life! Together, we made every minute count.

With gratitude and sincere thanks,

John Pezdek
Director of Annual Giving

1625 days ago by John Pezdek

Laurentians Inspire: Let's set a new record

Thanks to every dedicated Laurentian, we exceeded our first goal of 2,019 donors and unlocked $150,000. 

Now as a community, we strive to set a new Laurentian record of 3,033 donors.  When we achieve this goal, we will unlock an additional $300,000.  

Finally, we are 36 advocates away from unlocking $50,000. Become an advocate by getting through at least step two of the directions below.  Here We Go Saints!

Step 1: Sign Up

- Click “Sign Up” in the top right corner of the screen or from the advocates tab.

Step 2: Share, Share, Share 

- Once you’ve logged in, you can use the buttons and links that appear below the video and/or on the advocates tab. 
- Share your link via social media, email, and/or text. Every share, click, and gift generated from your unique link automatically tracks your influence as an advocate. 

Step 3: Share a Little More (optional) 
- Create a plea video (accessed on the advocates tab) to tell your classmates and friends about this challenge. 
- Set up a matching donation or challenge gift.

1626 days ago by John Pezdek

The St. Lawrence community is all about the Power of Connections! 

Visit the St. Lawrence Facebook page to tag a Laurentian in the 8:00 p.m. post who has impacted you or who you are giving in honor of during the 1856-Minute Challenge.

1627 days ago by John Pezdek

As we enter the evening hours on the East Coast…Become an Advocate!

Step 1: Sign Up

- Click “Sign Up” in the top right corner of the screen or from the advocates tab. 

Step 2: Share, Share, Share 

- Once you’ve logged in, you can use the buttons and links that appear below the video and/or on the advocates tab. 
- Share your link via social media, email, and/or text. Every share, click, and gift generated from your unique link automatically tracks your influence as an advocate. 

Step 3: Share a Little More (optional) 

- Create a plea video (accessed on the advocates tab) to tell your classmates and friends about this challenge. 
- Set up a matching donation or challenge gift.

When we reach 150 Advocates SLU will receive $50,000.  That is over $300 per Advocate!!!

1627 days ago by John Pezdek


Time is running out to contribute to the Senior Class Gift. Now is the perfect opportunity to give during the 1856-Minute Challenge!

Gifts made by seniors to the 1856-Minute Challenge will be designated to the Senior Class Gift: Student Scholarships.  

Every gift is welcome, no matter the dollar amount. Any student who gives a donation of $10 or more will be presented with a Scarlet and Brown honor cord to be worn during Commencement. A gift of $20.19 will include a Candle in the Wilderness pin in addition to the honor cord. These points of pride will be a celebration of your class and your continued commitment to your alma mater.

Don’t Go Cordless at Graduation… Make Your Gift Today!

1628 days ago by John Pezdek

Attention Parents of Seniors

Your support during the 1856-Minute Challenge will be directed to the Senior Parent Initiative (SPI): Excellence in Teaching.

What is the SPI?  It's a fundraising campaign that encourages parents to honor their students' St. Lawrence experience by making a gift towards one of the University's top priorities. SPI contributions will support the St. Lawrence Fund and provide an opportunity to celebrate Excellence in Teaching.

Why Excellence in Teaching?  At St. Lawrence we pride ourselves on sense of community. As Laurentian parents you understand that the University's legacy of academic excellence is rooted in relationships with faculty, coaches, and staff that inspire passion and tenacity. These individuals have helped your senior dream - deepened their understanding and transformed their experience.

Now you can honor these relationships, celebrate the achievements of your student and recognize the mentors who helped shape their futures as confident, caring individuals with steadfast Laurentian Spirit.

How will my support of the SPI impact St. Lawrence?  The combined generosity of senior parents will expand opportunities for St. Lawrence to attract and retain academic leaders and emerging faculty who will enhance the University's national reputation, encourage further innovation and discovery, and help future students realize their full potential.

Support St. Lawrence during the 1856-Minute Challenge while honoring your student and their Laurentian Mentor.

1647 days ago by John Pezdek

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Anonymous photo
Gave $150,000 because 2,019 gifts were made during a Challenge!
Community Advocates photo
generated 943 clicks and 131 gifts, totaling $7,432
Gary Zonitch photo
matched 52 gifts for a total of $5,000
generated 36 clicks and 7 gifts, totaling $550
Tom Pynchon photo
matched 7 gifts for a total of $700
generated 5 clicks and 7 gifts, totaling $2,642
Sue Browse photo
Gave $500 during a Challenge!
generated 11 clicks and 5 gifts, totaling $1,160
Lynn E. Dixon photo
matched 8 gifts for a total of $500
generated 32 clicks and 2 gifts, totaling $1,100
Cristina Lussi photo
matched 5 gifts for a total of $1,000
generated 16 clicks and 3 gifts, totaling $545
Beth Slater photo
matched 26 gifts for a total of $500
generated 23 gifts, totaling $834
Kim Robinson Hissong photo
matched 26 gifts for a total of $468
generated 20 clicks and 5 gifts, totaling $595
John Pezdek photo
matched a total of $1,000
generated 210 clicks and 5 gifts, totaling $36