Thank You!

February 18, 2021


Buffalo, NY - To mark the 150th anniversary of Canisius and celebrate this special time in its history, the college launched Canisius Fund 150.  The sesquicentennial fundraising campaign sought to raise unrestricted, current-use support for student scholarships, curriculum revitalization, facility updates and the transformative experiences that distinguish a Canisius education. 

Canisius Fund 150 had an aggressive goal: raise $2.2 million – more than double the total raised during the annual fund campaign the prior fiscal year.  Some 2,600 alumni, family and friends responded, enabling Canisius to surpass its goal and raise nearly $2.3 million in support of the college. 

“We are grateful to so many who generously stepped forward in support of this campaign,” says Martin J. Berardi ’79, chair of Canisius Fund 150 and a member of the Board of Trustees.  “Your generosity makes so much more possible for the college and our students, and I’m proud to be part of a truly special community.”

Helping to propel the Canisius Fund 150 campaign past its goal were members of the Sesquicentennial Society who generously made gifts or pledges of $150,000 or more (see below). 

Their contributions, and those of all alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who gave, reflect enormous pride for what Canisius has meant to the community and the tens of thousands of students the college has educated over the last 150 years. 

Special thanks to these members for their leadership and generous support.

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Catherine M. ’72, HON ’15 & Francis Burzik Foundation

Jerry G. Jr. ’86 & Elizabeth Canada

John R. ’72 & Patricia Z. ’74, MS ’01 Connolly         

Robert J.* '58 & Kay Gareis*

The Habib Family   

Joan C. Hurley                                                                     

President John J. '78 & Maureen O. Hurley

Stephen F. '82, MBA '87 and Karen M. '82 Jackson

Christopher M. ’83 & Christine Kelly

Patrick P. Lee HON ’99

John HON ‘14 & Sharon Luther                                       

Larry E. '87 & Julie M. (Coleman) Manth

James E. McNicholas Jr. ’68, MS ’97                                 

Carl J. ’64, HON ’04 & Carol A. Montante and Family

Kenneth F. ’70 & Mary Jane Myszka ’71

William J. ’67 & Helen Neff 

Michael F. ’90, MBA ’99 & Marcy Newman       

Richard C. ’68 & Karen E. Penfold                                   

Michael ‘63* & Christine Ryan ’63 

John L. ’61, HON ‘96 & Bonnie Strauss

Keith C., MD & Leslie C. Stube                                         

Thomas L. Upham MBA '74

Morton H. ’66 & Carol Wittlin                              

Lee C. ’79 & Julie T. Wortham                               

Robert W. Wunsch Jr. ’76                                       

Gerald Zon ’67, PhD & Victoria Boyd