Trinity Alumni Phonathon
Calling all alumni!
Alumni Phonathon dates set and volunteers needed
We can do it.
Your class can do it.
Because you went to Trinity.
You know what it means to be a Rock.
We need your help to support the Trinity students of today. You can do so by committing to one night of the Alumni Phonathon and recruiting three of your classmates to join you. The annual Alumni Phonathon supports the Trinity Annual Fund, which provides financial aid for Trinity students.
ALL gifts to the Trinity Annual Fund go to need-based financial aid. ALL. Nothing else.
EVERY gift matters. Trinity receives gifts to the Annual Fund ranging from single digits to seven figures. ALL gifts are equally appreciated because they ALL provide financial aid for our students. Over 42 percent of Trinity students receive financial aid, so our success is critical. Given the current economic issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing for enhancing financial aid on all fronts is more important than ever.
The Alumni Phonathon will be held over the course of 15 nights in September, October and November. Despite the pandemic, last year’s Alumni Phonathon was the most successful in school history. Our alumni volunteers adapted and called their classmates from home.
This year, alumni may gather at Trinity with classmates to make calls or remain in their comfort of their home.
You do not have to live in Louisville to participate. Last year, alumni representing nine states joined the cause – California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
Each Phonathon night will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., including an instruction session. We will meet in either the Alumni Hall cafeteria or Faculty Dining Room. A hearty chili supper will be provided.
2021 Alumni Phonathon Dates (all times are 5:30-8:30 p.m. EST):
Thursday, September 30 – Trinity
Tuesday, October 5 – Trinity
Wednesday, October 6 – virtual calling
Thursday, October 7 – Trinity
Monday, October 11 – Trinity
Wednesday, October 13 – virtual calling
Monday, October 18 – Trinity
Tuesday, October 19 – Trinity
Wednesday, October 20 – virtual calling
Thursday, October 21 – Trinity
Monday, October 25 – Trinity
Tuesday, October 26 – Trinity
Wednesday, October 27 – virtual calling
Wednesday, November 3 – virtual calling
Thursday, November 4 – virtual calling
ROCKIN’ AT TRINITY
As in years past, alumni will come to Trinity. We’ll gather at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, enjoy a chili supper, receive a brief training session and then call classmates until 8:30 p.m.
Gathering in-person provides the camaraderie with classmates Trinity alumni know and love.
ROCKIN’ YOUR HOUSE – VIRTUAL WEDNESDAYS
Wednesday evenings of the Phonathon will be virtual. You will make calls from the comfort of your home. You and your classmate callers will be emailed a file containing all you need for your calling night. The file will contain:
- A link to a caller training video
- A class roster and contact info
- A sample call script
- Tips for answering FAQs
Additionally, Trinity staff from the Alumni Office will be available via Zoom to answer questions callers may have.
I DON’T WANT TO MAKE CALLS, BUT I STILL WANT TO HELP. WHAT CAN I DO?
Not everyone is comfortable asking classmates to contribute money. And that’s fine. Alumni volunteers are needed each night of the Phonathon at Trinity to help with set-up and clean-up and collecting pledge cards from callers in the cafeteria during the evening and providing Rock Pride.
That’s it. You can do it. You went to Trinity.
To volunteer to make calls or provide logistical support on a Phonathon night, provide your registration information below or contact Director of Alumni Relations Travis Wagoner ’90 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-736-2122.
Alumni Phonathon Testimonials
Jim Sapienza ’81
President – Talenza
Santa Clarita, California
The 2020 Alumni Phonathon created opportunity out of crisis. The pandemic crisis rages on. The annual Phonathon opportunity was to move from the Alumni Hall cafeteria tables on campus to a remote team of callers.
As a supporter of education and healthcare and living in Southern California, I could think of no better way than to serve my duties as a newly installed Class Agent (1981) to utilize Zoom and phone technology to be a remote Phonathon fundraiser for current Trinity student financial aid.
The economic impact of the coronavirus has not been equitable. But by calling on our less impacted alumni in the Class of ’81, I welcomed the opportunity to encourage my classmates to financially support heavily impacted current students at Trinity. I am proud at the level of giving in 2020 by all who care about our younger brothers in need.
Tom Foerster ’67
Artist – Oil Painter/Retired Advertising Copywriter
Let’s face it – some people who are asked to participate in a phonathon look forward to it with all the enthusiasm of being condemned to the gallows. However, it turns out the organizers of the 2020 Trinity Alumni Phonathon knew what they were doing and made the experience something I really enjoyed.
The virtual meeting at the start of the each evening’s session allowed us all to see and get to know the guys from other classes who were giving their time that evening and to build an esprit de corps for the effort. The materials prepared for us made it simple to approach what, beforehand, you’d think would be outside each of our comfort zones – that is, calling up guys (many of whom we hadn’t spoken to for decades) and ask them for a contribution to the Trinity Annual Fund. And, then we embraced the actual experience of reconnecting by phone and engaging in interesting conversation with fellows whose lives had moved on from high school, just as each of ours had.
I came to realize the Class of 1967 classmates with whom I spoke share the same feeling I do, that we are the shoulders upon which today’s Trinity students stand, and we are honored to serve in that role. It was a reminder that we are all, in fact, Brothers for Life.
John King Jr. ’08
Business Development Manager – Republic Bank & Trust Company
This year was my first time participating in Trinity’s Alumni Phonathon, and it was an absolute blast. I got to speak to classmates I have not spoken to in years. I got to catch up and learn about what is going on in their lives. I also got the opportunity to connect with older alumni who were also taking time to participate by calling their classmates.
Trinity truly is home, and it felt great to help give back to a place that gave me so much. By contributing to the Trinity Annual Fund, we are giving kids an opportunity to be part of that home.
The Alumni Phonathon was a phenomenal experience, and I am very much looking forward to participating in the years to come.
Brian Biermann ’96
Director of Product & Business Development – Nurse Call
I had the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Alumni Phonathon and wanted to share my experience with others in the Trinity community.
Since graduating from Trinity in 1996, I have stayed in close contact with many of my classmates, mostly through social media, as I now live in Sarasota, Florida. When presented with the opportunity to reconnect and drive donations for the Annual Fund, it was a no-brainier.
I must admit I was quite nervous to call up classmates – some of whom I hadn’t talked to in years – and ask for a donation. However, after a brief training session, I felt up to the task.
As part of a preemptive strike, I sent a message to my classmates via our class Facebook page so they would be expecting my call, which seemed to help break the ice. Within the first few calls, I fell into a groove and started to enjoy connecting with many of my classmates. Many of us are busy trying to survive this crazy COVID-19 pandemic, working and being dads. It was a refreshing change from the recent stress of the election and global pandemic.
During the calls, one question I often asked was, “Are you still stay in contact with many members from our class?” One replied, “We just had a golfing weekend with several classmates,” while others to my surprise said, “No, not really anyone.” This had a profound impact on me and resulted in beginning plans for an all-class Zoom gathering as a way to reconnect.
The most humbling pledge came from a classmate who was recently laid-off as a result of the pandemic, but still felt compelled to donate so others could better afford the opportunity to attend this truly remarkable school.
In summary, I encourage fellow alumni to consider volunteering a few hours of your time to help support your classmates and Trinity. We were able to double our pledge donations from the prior year, and I was able to rekindle some friendships. Pretty awesome reward for a two-hour investment of time versus binge watching something on Netflix!
Live the Fourth, Take State, Swim like a Rock and BEAT ST. X!
Sam Burton ’11
Healthcare Benefit Advisor
I signed up for Trinity’s Phonathon because it seemed like a great way to stay involved and give back. I really enjoyed the positive exeperience I had getting to talk with old classmates while helping my alma mater. The education and brotherhood I had at Trinity is something I will take with me for the rest of my life.
For more information on ways your generosity can benefit Trinity High School, contact:
Trinity High School Foundation
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