Fall at Trinity is just around the corner and that means the Alumni Phonathon.
Over the course of 15 evenings in October and November alumni from all Trinity graduating classes will gather in Alumni Hall to call their classmates to ask for support for the Trinity Annual Fund. Each year, the Alumni Phonathon raises tens of thousands of dollars to help provide tuition assistance to families with a demonstrated need. Approximately 40 percent of Trinity students receive financial aid.
ALL gifts to the Trinity Annual Fund go to need-based financial aid. Not sports equipment, salaries, office supplies or the electric bill – financial aid and only financial aid. Alumni can feel happy, proud and secure that their gifts are used for this purpose. This year, we will be using phone calls and text messaging to reach out to alumni.
“Alumni support of the Annual Fund makes it possible for our faculty and staff to what we do for students each day by making Trinity more accessible,” said Director of Alumni Relations Travis Wagoner ’90. “It’s a wonderful feeling to walk the halls and see students – the direct beneficiaries of the Alumni Phonathon effort.”
The Alumni Phonathon has been held each year for decades. It’s a must-do annual event for many alumni.
“I participate in the Alumni Phonathon to give back and pay forward the opportunity that was provided to me,” said Trinity alumnus Jeremy Jarvi ’98, regional development director for the American Red Cross. “It’s also a fun way to reconnect with fellow classmates. I challenge my 1998 classmates and all alumni to join me this fall. It’s easy, rewarding and the right thing to do. All contributions go to financial aid. Nothing else.”
Our goal this year is to recruit at least four callers for each graduating class. Alumni are encouraged to sign up for at least one calling night.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Wagoner said. “Listening to our callers raise support for our students and laugh and catch up with each other is one of the highlights. I’ve heard some good stories just by overhearing a guy chat with a classmate. Of course, I can’t hear the person on the other end of the line so I can’t vouch for the veracity of all stories.”
“One of the many special lessons Trinity taught me is to serve and help others,” said Trinity alumnus Rob Beaven ’91, father of Zack Beaven ’20 and IT healthcare consultant for MZ Designs LLC. “I have volunteered for more than a dozen Trinity Phonatons. They are vital to continuing Trinity’s legacy for prospective and current students by growing the Annual Fund. Volunteering for a Phonaton evening will allow you to see all the campus improvements, hear many success stories and secure a gift that will change a young man’s life.”
Each Phonathon night will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., including an instruction session. We will meet in Alumni Hall. A hearty chili supper will be provided.
To volunteer, please register online at https://www.trinityrocks.com/alumni/alumni-activities/alumni-phonathon/ or contact Director of Alumni Relations Travis Wagoner ’90 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-736-2122.