By Roza Panos
In 2010, graduating Quincy University students put together a wine and cheese event to raise funds for the school. Every year since then, seniors have created and developed their own wine and cheese events in order to give QU what has been deemed a senior class gift.
The 2017 Senior Class Gift Committee includes Annie Arment, Caroline Veihl, Alex Tedrow, Jessica Leggett, Daniel LaRue and Herman Senor. They want to help fund the school because it plays a significant role in the lives of students.
The committee is looking forward to this event, as it is a chance for its members to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Arment is excited to serve as coordinator for the event and feels that this event will give her an opportunity to be able to give back to QU.
“I’m really excited to be able to help with the senior gift because it has prepared me for my future,” Arment said.
Veil is also excited about bringing new ideas to the senior class gift event. She feels that the it allows the class of 2017 to leave a lasting legacy and give back to the university and future students.
“I want everyone who comes to enjoy themselves and to remember the reason we are all there is to give back to the school that has given so much to us,” she said.
Matt Bergman, director of development, alumni and community relations, feels that the event has become a tradition.
“What we are trying to move towards right now is probably giving it to the financial recovery campaign that’s going on,” he said.
Bergman feels that this event is the best way students can help. Bergman also feels that the most important thing about the event is that it teaches students about a culture and sets them up for a lifetime of philanthropy.
“We hope this program will educate them, explain to them and teach them firsthand why it’s so important to give back,” he said.
Bergman hopes to see the students of today become the donors of tomorrow. He thinks it’s important for students to get in the habit of supporting causes.
The committee is currently looking for members to help with the event and will soon have a meeting to discuss further information concerning the event.
This year’s event will take place in May.