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The Five-in-Five Challenge crosses the finish line

There are still some envelopes to open, but it’s official—WE DID IT! $5 million in five months!

Thanks to the generosity of many, TCNJ flew past its initial goal of $40 million in January, prompting the Board of Trustees to challenge President Gitenstein to raise an additional $5 million in the remaining five months—February to June—of the Campaign for TCNJ.

A generous commitment from Gloria Weissbart ’78 put us over the $5 million mark. Weissbart, senior vice president and treasury management sales consultant with Wells Fargo Bank, serves on the TCNJ Foundation Board of Directors and has served as a finals judge for the Mayo Business Plan Competition. Her gift, in the form of a bequest, is in support of the School of Business.

Additional gifts that contributed to the success of the Five-in-Five Challenge include:

  • A scholarship endowment fund established by Keith and Linda ’79 Finkral to provide scholarship for students enrolled full-time in the Technological Studies Department in the School of Engineering.
  • A contribution of $150,000 from the TCNJ Alumni Association—and a $50,000 challenge to alumni—for the Trenton State Gardens, a planned green space on campus that will commemorate the college’s history.
  • Gale Wayman ’70 made a generous commitment in support of the Women in Learning and Leadership program, including scholarships, a graduate assistant, and students participating in leadership conferences.
  • In commemoration of their 50th reunion, a $7,500 gift from the Class of 1967 to provide an alumni and student gathering space with benches and trees outside of the newly renovated Brower Student Center.
  • A fund for international study established by Stephen ’99 and Caitlin Ryan Persche ’98 ’02 that will support students studying abroad in a country of their choice.

The $5 million stretch goal represented a 12.5 percent increase over the campaign’s original target of $40 million—a figure that many thought was unattainable. More than 2,750 gifts were received in support of the Five-in-Five goal, demonstrating that our success is indeed thanks to the generosity of everyone who made a gift.

The final dollar amount raised over the course of campaign will be revealed in late August. The Campaign for TCNJ—subtitled “Innovate, Inspire, Engage”—is the college’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising effort.