Trinity Alumni Phonathon
Alumni answered the call!
The 2021 Alumni Phonathon was a success! The Alumni Phonathon was held over the course of 15 nights from early October to early November.
All proceeds from the Alumni Phonathon support the Trinity Annual Fund, which provides need-based financial aid for our students. More than 42% of our students receive financial aid, so it’s critical to many of our families.
Thank you to our 90 alumni callers who dialed up their classmates and to all alumni who answered the call and made a gift. Eight of our call nights were held in-person at Trinity; seven were conducted virtually via Zoom. Alumni from eight states were able to participate on virtual calling nights. Excluding Kentucky, they are.
- Lt. Col. Michael Clayton ’73, USAF, Ret. (Orcutt, CA)
- Jim Sapienza ’81 (Santa Clarita, CA)
- Brian Biermann ’96 (Bradenton, FL)
- Michael Buckman ’65 (Galena, IL)
- Patrick Condon ’09 (Chicago, IL)
- Nick Landenwich ’12 (Brooklyn, NY)
- Michael Doran ’00 (Columbus, OH)
- Tommy McConville ’16 (Cincinnati, OH)
- Thad Fine ’90 (Houston, TX)
- Greg Metry ’77 (Rockwall, TX)
- Jim Sherrill ’73 (Fredericksburg, VA)
If you missed your call and would like to make a gift, go to trinityrocks.givecloud.co/.
No gift is too small! All gifts, regardless the amount, count toward alumni participation. Last year, we increased alumni participation in the Trinity Annual Fund from 12% to 13% – the highest ever. This year, our goal is 14 percent.
A reflection from an alumni caller
This fall season has been both fun and nostalgic as my class celebrated their 10-year reunion. I also volunteered at Trinity’s Open House for the first time, and I was fortunate enough to volunteer for my second Alumni Phonathon via Zoom.
In the two years I’ve joined the Alumni Phonathon effort, Trinity has done an excellent job teaching me and others about the importance of alumni participation in the Trinity Annual Fund. All gifts go to financial aid for students. I’ve enjoyed getting pledges from my classmates to help current and future students is a simple yet impactful way to give many others the gift of a Trinity education and experience. Plus, I had the opportunity to reconnect with many old classmates that couldn’t make it to this year’s reunion.
I look forward to working this event for years to come, and I encourage all interested alumni to give it a shot. Go Rocks!
Jeb Hollenbach ’11
Sales & Leasing Advisor
Horizon Commercial Realty
Alumni Phonathon Testimonials
Doug Helm ’65
Business Development Executive – MCM CPAs & Advisors
Last year was my first year to make calls for the Alumni Phonathon. It was great connecting with classmates and feeling their excitement about contributing to the Trinity Annual Fund! It was a small way I could help Trinity continue to attract students who otherwise might not be able to attend.
I am further motivated by having one grandson graduate and one who will be a senior this year. I see the difference it has made in their lives as they take Trinity values forward in their lives.
I look forward to this year’s Alumni Phonathon and encourage my brother alumni from all graduating classes to consider a gift to be a part of making Trinity better and more accessible for young men!
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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