2023 - It's a Great Day to be a Bobcat!

2,316
Donors
124% of 1,855 Donor goal
$839,061
Donated
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Melissa Geissler photoMelissa Geissler matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $100Just for Class of 2005

An Anonymous DonorErin Brown matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $100Just for Faculty/Staff

Evan Bagley photoEvan Bagley matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $150Just for Financial Aid

Erica Seifert Plunkett photoErica Seifert Plunkett matched $2 for each donor, donating a total of $200Just for Class of 1986

An Anonymous DonorLarry Handerhan matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $200Just for Class of 2005

An Anonymous DonorDavid Akinyemi matched $21 for each donor, donating a total of $21Just for Alumni (2021)

An Anonymous DonorAngela Knox-Pyaesone matched $50 for each donor, donating a total of $250

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $250Just for Class of 2004

An Anonymous DonorClarke Shipley matched $15 for each donor, donating a total of $250Just for Alumni (2017)

An Anonymous DonorKaty Corrado matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $250Just for Class of 2007

An Anonymous DonorNancy Blackburn Sparks and Terry Welch matched $40 for each donor, donating a total of $400Just for Alumni (1983)

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Classmate '75 matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $500Just for Class of 1975

An Anonymous DonorSarah Stone matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $500Just for Class of 1990

An Anonymous DonorNorm Wentworth matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $550Just for Class of 1976

Cat Djang photoCat Djang matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $800Just for Class of 2013

An Anonymous DonorAnthony Timberman '09 matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $1,000Just for Class of 2009

An Anonymous DonorLisa Romeo matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $1,000Just for Class of 1988

An Anonymous DonorMike Nadler matched $30 for each donor, donating a total of $1,000Just for Class of 2010

An Anonymous DonorFlora Rice-Chan, Meg Curran and Dan Naparstek matched $30 for each donor, donating a total of $1,000Just for Class of 2011

An Anonymous DonorJenn Lemkin Bouchard '99 matched $50 for each donor, donating a total of $1,250Just for Class of 1999

An Anonymous Donor40th Reunion Committee matched $83 for each donor, donating a total of $1,328Just for Class of 1983

An Anonymous DonorLauren Fine matched $30 for each donor, donating a total of $1,500Just for Class of 1993

An Anonymous DonorLeo Menard matched $50 for each donor, donating a total of $1,855Just for Class of 2008

An Anonymous DonorJen Crawford and Ryan Bouchard matched $80 for each donor, donating a total of $2,000Just for Class of 2001

An Anonymous DonorTom Carey '73 matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $2,000Just for Class of 1973

An Anonymous DonorA Class of 2024 Family matched $24 for each donor, donating a total of $2,000Just for Parents (2024)

An Anonymous DonorJennifer Lockhart Nespole '94, P'23 matched $40 for each donor, donating a total of $2,000Just for Class of 1994

An Anonymous DonorWill Coghlan, Dan Driscoll, Al Haber, Liz Libre, Peter Ryan and Adam Stern matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $2,600Just for Class of 2002

An Anonymous DonorMary Capaldi Gonzales matched $40 for each donor, donating a total of $3,520

An Anonymous DonorWin Brown, Sally Ehrenfried and Matt Schecter matched $89 for each donor, donating a total of $3,649Just for Class of 1989

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $4,000Just for Class of 2003

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $1 for each donor, donating a total of $4,000Just for Class of 2004

An Anonymous DonorJeff Snyder matched $250 for each donor, donating a total of $5,000Just for Class of 2000

An Anonymous DonorScott Higgins '91, P'27 matched $125 for each donor, donating a total of $5,000Just for Class of 1991

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $5,000Just for Class of 1995

An Anonymous DonorPam Batchelder Johnson '91 matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $5,000Just for Classes between 2019 & 2022

An Anonymous DonorJohn Sninsky matched $250 for each donor, donating a total of $5,000Just for Class of 1972

An Anonymous DonorHeather Beebe, David Flash, Allison Webster Matlack, Atea Martin, Sean Ryan, and Mike Hogan matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $6,000Just for Class of 1985

An Anonymous DonorTwo anonymous 2008 classmates matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $6,000Just for Class of 2008

An Anonymous DonorAn anonymous '98 couple matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $3,100Just for Class of 1998

An Anonymous DonorAn anonymous '96 classmate matched $375 for each donor, donating a total of $15,000Just for Class of 1996

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous '78 Classmate matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $25,000Just for Class of 1978
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An Anonymous DonorTracy Zordan gave $100 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 1986

Molly Carr photoMolly and George Carr gave $100 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 2007

An Anonymous DonorGrace Liu gave $200 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 2006

An Anonymous DonorTodd Zinn gave $250 because 25 donors gaveJust for Class of 1997

Bob Deininger photoBob Deininger gave $250 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 1990

John P. Howard photoJohn P. Howard gave $500 because 50 donors gaveJust for Class of 1986

An Anonymous DonorMaureen E Bartlett gave $550 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 1968

An Anonymous DonorQuintin Pollart gave $1,000 because 30 donors gaveJust for Class of 2018

An Anonymous DonorHaley Keegan and Graeme Welds gave $1,000 because 20 donors gaveJust for Class of 2015

An Anonymous DonorA 2025 Bates Family gave $10,000 because 50 donors gaveJust for Parents (2025)

An Anonymous DonorA group of 2023 Families gave $12,500 because 40 donors gaveJust for Parents (2023)

An Anonymous DonorA Bates Family gave $100,000 because 1435 donors gave
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About


Join the party as we celebrate the college’s birthday — and this year’s Great Day giving celebration — on March 16, 2023.


The festivities start at noon EDT, with our GREAT DAY TO BE A BOBCAT LIVESTREAM. Tune in for this Great Day tradition featuring familiar campus faces and current students!


Help make this birthday the best ever. Your Great Day gift to Bates and your participation is the BEST birthday present of all!

Updates
We did it! Thank you for making Great Day to be a Bobcat a success!

Great Day to be a Bobcat has come to an incredible end. Thank you to our amazing community for driving past our goal of 1,855 donors and generating additional funds for the college. Your gifts honor the Bates of yesterday and today and ensure the college can look to a dynamic and transformative future. Thank YOU! 

344 days ago by Nina Emmi
1,855! Way to go, Bobcats!

We did it! With Andrew Seaton '15’s gift, we have surpassed our 1,855 donor goal - and received a matching gift of $100,000 from a generous Bates family!

With only a few hours left, why stop at 1,855 donors? There are still several class-based challenges for alumni and parents, so don’t miss out on these amazing opportunities to amplify your gift.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

344 days ago by Sarah Tiedemann
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BATES!

Join the party as we celebrate Bates’ birthday and this year’s Great Day to be a Bobcat celebration. Let’s come together as a community to celebrate the many reasons that Bates is special to all of us. Make sure to tune into the livestream starting at noon EDT. 

Help make this birthday the best ever. Your Great Day gift to Bates and your participation is the BEST birthday present of all!

345 days ago by Nina Emmi
BIG NEWS! It's GREAT!

When we reach our goal of 1,855 gifts from alumni, parents, and friends, an anonymous Bates family will add $100,000 to our Great Day giving total. What a fantastic way to celebrate the 168th birthday of Bates - and of the Bobcat!

352 days ago by Nina Emmi
Livestream Schedule

Join us at noon on March 16 for the Great Day livestream! 

12:00 pm EDT

Clayton Spencer, President

Eric Foushee P’22, P’26, Vice President for College Advancement

Erin Brown P’25, Assistant Vice President for College Advancement

12:50 pm 

Kirk Read, Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Christine Schwartz, Associate Vice President for Dining, Conferences and Campus Events

1:40 pm

Tonya Bailey-Curry LMSW-cc, Director for Special Projects

Darby Ray, Director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Civic Engagement 

2:30 pm

Cary Gemmer Blake ‘07, Senior Leadership Gifts Officer 

Richard McNeil ‘10, Leadership Gifts Officer

Mike Rocque, Associate Professor of Sociology

3:20 pm

The Bobcast with Aaron Morse 

4:10 pm

Audrey Burns '17, Associate Dean of Admission

Jay Burns P'17, P'19, Editorial Director and Bates Magazine Editor

Johie Seltzer '03, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Communications and Outreach

5:00 pm

Purposeful Work Fireside Chat

Allen Delong, Senior Associate Dean Center for Purposeful Work 

Christopher Euston ‘23

Caitlin Chan ‘24

5:35 pm

Pam Batchelder Johnson ‘91, Chair, Bates Fund Executive Committee 

Elizah Laurenceau ‘19, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, Identity, and Affinity Programs

6:25 pm

Bates Students!

Salma Ali ‘24

Madison Jandreau ‘23

Sardar Mohammad Ruhan ’26

7:00 pm

Clayton Spencer, President

Eric Foushee P’22, P’26, Vice President for College Advancement

7:55 pm

James Reese, Associate Dean for International Student Programs

Casey Andersen ‘12, Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Reunion

8:50 pm

Birthday Celebration for the Bobcat!

and so much more! 

352 days ago by Nina Emmi

Donor Map
Alumni Class Leaderboards
ClassDonorsRaised ($)
196710$4,556
197537$16,556
199353$15,987
201539$3,791
197324$8,028
197723$33,266
199756$15,285
201622$1,253
198015$2,915
202033$960
197423$14,649
200133$5,073
198531$15,698
198863$18,684
201127$3,178
201923$855
198414$9,518
202217$617
201722$1,155
20217$126
19619$3,705
201223$1,196
200945$4,217
198955$11,395
197826$28,827
200036$12,215
199451$16,487
198214$2,685
19708$1,715
200435$9,885
19698$6,085
19511$300
19561$15
199536$14,808
200538$2,958
199242$16,512
198130$9,621
198731$4,957
199835$14,143
19556$12,850
19605$1,300
201834$3,635
19628$3,900
19595$535
197629$10,152
200335$8,453
201426$1,340
199143$126,093
200748$3,927
197917$12,200
19501$25
196611$2,845
200232$7,443
198686$17,871
197226$12,845
200851$12,602
196510$3,300
197110$16,931
200625$1,456
199638$23,700
199026$9,755
201332$7,582
19523$400
198338$18,518
19536$2,378
19543$450
196413$3,955
19582$300
196814$2,615
19575$10,675
199925$6,427
201039$3,303
196310$5,825
Donor Affiliations
Gradhat icon84%Alumni
Book icon1%Students
Parent icon17%Parents
Suitcase icon3%Faculty/Staff
Friends icon1%Friends
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A Bates Family
Gave $100,000 during a Challenge!
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Anonymous '78 Classmate
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An anonymous '96 classmate
Heart icon matched a total of $15,000
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A group of 2023 Families
Gave $12,500 during a Challenge!
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A 2025 Bates Family
Gave $10,000 during a Challenge!
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generated 7 clicks and 4 gifts, totaling $7,600
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Two anonymous 2008 classmates
Heart icon matched a total of $6,000
Heather Beebe, David Flash, Allison Webster Matlack, Atea Martin, Sean Ryan, and Mike Hogan photo
Heather Beebe, David Flash, Allison Webster Matlack, Atea Martin, Sean Ryan, and Mike Hogan
Heart icon matched a total of $6,000
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Pam Batchelder Johnson '91
Heart icon matched a total of $5,000
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John Sninsky
Heart icon matched a total of $5,000