Saint Mary’s seeks to spark participation in annual fundraising event

first_imgSaint Mary’s is hosting its sixth annual 24-Hour Donor Challenge, an event during which students, alumnae and families associated with Saint Mary’s donate to the College.Christine Swarm, director of annual giving, said in an email the event primarily aims to garner revenue, but also hopes to foster community among individuals who support Saint Mary’s.“The 24-hour Donor Challenge is a single-day fundraising event for [Saint Mary’s],” Swarm said. “This is an opportunity for alumnae, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends to come together to support current and future Saint Mary’s students. This year, the 24-hour Donor Challenge begins at [midnight] Thursday … and concludes at midnight [Friday].”Swarm said the initial goals for the campaign are to have 4,000 people donate to Saint Mary’s before the end of the event and to have 1,844 people donate before noon.“The goals are to rally 4,000 donors in 24 hours,” she said. “If we reach that, the College will receive $100,000 in Annual Fund challenge gifts from four alumnae. And, if we secure 1,844 donors before noon EST, we have the opportunity to receive an additional $25,000 Annual Fund challenge gift.”Additional goals depend on who donates, Swarm said, for money from certain demographics can dramatically increase the overall total.”Even further, if by midnight on Thursday, 1,000 Belles of the Last Decade [BOLD] alumnae give, we secure $10,000 more,” she said. “If 2,000 BOLDer alumnae [graduates between 1900 and 2007] give, we secure $10,000 more. If 500 current students give, we secure $5,000 more. And if 500 parents of alumnae or students give, we secure $5,000 more.”Events around campus will promote the 24-Hour Donor Challenge and attempt to engage the community in direct participation, Swarm said.“With the help of our student volunteers from Class Gift Campaign, there will be refreshments and snacks available at our tables on campus throughout the day,” she said. “We will be present in the dining hall, the Great Hall in Le Mans, Spes Unica and the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex.”Social media platforms offer more extensive information, Swarm said, in an attempt to reach individuals not currently on campus who still wish to contribute.“People can follow the Donor Challenge activity on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat @BellesGiveBack or donorchallenge.saintmarys.edu,” she said.The 24-Hour Donor Challenge is important because it encourages reflection about Saint Mary’s, Swarm said.“It is an opportunity for alumnae, students and friends to reflect on the value of a Saint Mary’s education and why this experience is worthy of support,” she said.The total amount of money will enhance Saint Mary’s overall, Swarm said.“Gifts to the Annual Fund support current operations of the College and allow for immediate delivery of the programs and resources that provide Saint Mary’s women with an excellent academic and intellectual experience,” Swarm said. “These gifts go to work where the need is greatest at the College and support scholarships and financial aid, excellent faculty, technology and learning, student life and faith development and campus renewal and preservation.”Tags: 24-hour donor challenge, Belles Give Back, BOLD, Class Gift Campaignlast_img read more

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Bells Are Ringing! Meet Michael Arden & the Cast of Paper Mill’s Hunchback

first_imgRehearsals are officially underway for the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Michael Arden, Ciara Renee, Patrick Page, Andrew Samonsky, Erik Liberman and more stars are reprising their roles from last year’s run at the La Jolla Playhouse in California—welcome back to the East Coast, guys, we missed you. Check out these Hot Shots of the stars above, and composer Alan Menken, choreographer Chase Brock, director Scott Schwartz, book writer Peter Parnell and lyricist Stephen Schwartz below. Catch The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill in Millburn, NJ from March 4 through April 5, with an official opening night on March 15. View Commentslast_img

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Dutch trade unions demand higher discount rate for liabilities

first_imgTuur Elzinga, FNV“This new contract acknowledges the reality that a pension is the result of paid in contributions and returns that can be achieved collectively. This is not risk-free,” the unions said.In an interview with financial publication NRC Handelsblad, Elzinga denied that the unions wanted to scupper a pensions accord with their demand for a higher discount rate.“I just wanted to make clear that this pension contract won’t work without a different discount rate, because if it doesn’t, then we can’t confidently consult our members about the result of the negotiations,” he explained.In their opinion piece, the unions reiterated that they wanted to slow down the rise of the retirement age for the state pension AOW, which is set to increase to 67 by 2021. They also called for more leeway for early retirement arrangements as well as mandatory pensions accrual for self-employed people (zzp’ers) in industry-wide pension funds.The Netherlands’ five largest pension funds have expressed disappointment with the position of the regulator and the minister. Coen Teulings, former director of the Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), has also criticised their approach.Last week, Jean Frijns, former head of investments of the €414bn civil service scheme ABP, argued that the DNB’s view on the discount rate was blocking progress on negotiations for a new pensions contract.Today, Dick Sluimers, former chief executive of ABP’s asset manager APG, joined the public discussion by also criticising the view of DNB and Koolmees, urging them to seek a compromise.The negotiations are now focused on a nominal “target pension” in collective arrangements rather than individual pensions accrual with collective risk-sharing. The three largest trade unions in the Netherlands will only support a new pensions agreement if the regulator and government concede to changing discount rate rules and the country’s financial assessment framework (FTK).In an opinion piece published by left-leaning broadcaster BNNVARA, the unions said that the current discounting rules posed “an insurmountable barrier to a new pensions contract and a deal with the social partners”.The unions referred to the views of social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees and regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). Both have insisted that the risk-free interest rate should be applied for defined benefit (DB) plans.“A new pensions contract should be accompanied by new and matching rules,” wrote Tuur Elzinga, Nic van Holstein and Arend van Wijngaarden, representatives of unions FNV, VCP and CNV, respectively. According to the unions, the theory of a risk-free interest rate made sense for a risk-free pension, but not for a new pensions contract without a nominal guarantee.last_img read more

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Matt Kemp’s clutch HR powers Rockies past Dodgers again, 7-6

first_imgLast Updated: 7th September, 2020 12:47 IST Matt Kemp’s Clutch HR Powers Rockies Past Dodgers Again, 7-6  Matt Kemp hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning against his former team, and the Colorado Rockies sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first series loss of the season with a 7-6 victory Sunday night. LIVE TV Associated Press Television News  Matt Kemp hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning against his former team, and the Colorado Rockies sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first series loss of the season with a 7-6 victory Sunday night.Kemp connected off Caleb Ferguson (2-1) for the sixth homer in a back-and-forth game between the NL West rivals. The Rockies won the last two in the series to boost their playoff hopes while curbing their 4-24 skid against the powerhouse Dodgers, who lost back-to-back games for only the third time this season.Josh Fuentes hit an early two-run homer and Garrett Hampson added an RBI double for the Rockies, who were winless in their past nine series against Los Angeles since 2018. Colorado also won two straight at Dodger Stadium after losing 17 of its previous 18 here.Corey Seager hit two homers and Chris Taylor put the Dodgers ahead with a two-run shot in the sixth, but Los Angeles’ unbeaten streak in 13 consecutive series to start the season was snapped one short of the franchise record for the divisional era.Daniel Bard got Seager to ground out with two runners on to end it, earning the sixth save of his remarkable comeback season.Will Smith hit his third homer in five games for the major league-leading Dodgers, who have still won 19 of 24. But seven LA pitchers had a collectively rough performance on another hot night in Chavez Ravine, yielding 12 hits.Kevin Pillar singled leading off the eighth before Kemp connected for just his third homer in 148 career at-bats against the Dodgers, who employed him from 2006-14 and again in 2018. Ferguson gave up a homer in each of his three relief outings on Los Angeles’ 4-2 homestand.Yency Almonte (3-0) pitched the seventh. Bard had to battle, issuing a seven-pitch walk to Edwin Rios and a 10-pitch walk to Gavin Lux in the ninth before getting Seager.Mookie Betts sat out to rest for the first time since Aug. 21, but Los Angeles still pounded out its major league-leading seventh four-homer game this season.Julio Urías yielded five hits and four runs with six strikeouts while failing to get through the fifth inning again for Los Angeles. The left-hander is hoping to earn a postseason slot among a group of Dodgers starting pitchers that haven’t lost a start since Aug. 11, but he didn’t build on a strong outing Tuesday against Arizona.Kevin Pillar walked in the sixth and scored on a double to the wall by Hampson, but Taylor swiftly put the Dodgers back ahead with his shot off Carlos Estévez.Colorado starter Ryan Castellani yielded six hits and four runs, but relievers Almonte, Mychal Givens and Bard coolly shut down the Dodgers with three innings of one-hit ball.SCORCHEROn the hottest weekend of the year in Southern California, the teams had a serendipitous evening start time. Chavez Ravine was still 93 degrees for the first pitch after hitting 110 earlier in the day.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: OF David Dahl is back with the team and still being evaluated. He hasn’t played since Aug. 17 due to lower back soreness, but should return shortly.Dodgers: OF Joc Pederson left to deal with an undisclosed family issue. … RHP Joe Kelly believes he’ll be ready to return from a shoulder injury in time to pitch in the postseason. He will throw to hitters Monday. Kelly must serve a five-game suspension after he is activated.Rockies: After a late-night bus ride to San Diego, Kyle Freeland (2-1, 4.09 ERA) will take the mound for Colorado at Petco Park on Monday in the opener of a three-game series with the Padres.Dodgers: After a day off, Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.60 ERA) makes his second straight start against Arizona in the opener of a three-game road series Tuesday.(Image credit: AP) FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img First Published: 7th September, 2020 12:46 IST WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written Bylast_img read more

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