It was a time for joyful celebration as nearly 350 of St. John’s
loyal supporters gathered on June 15, 2006, to mark the end of the
Campaign for St. John’s – Fulfilling the Dream initiative -- the
most successful fundraising effort in University history.
“Tonight I am grateful to announce to you that, as of this
moment, the Campaign for St. John’s has raised a staggering $271
million,” said Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President, told the
honored guests at a gala dinner in the Taffner Field House.
The evening began with a concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving in
St. Thomas More Church on the Queens campus. As principal
celebrant, Rev. Harrington set the evening’s tone by affirming that
“…our success is directly attributable to the hand of God. In the
blessings that we see on our campuses, we can see the hand of
Following Mass, the guests boarded trolleys for the short ride
to the field house for the cocktail reception and dinner. The
dinner, highlighted by a stunning video, detailed the numerous ways
in which the success of the Campaign significantly impacted every
aspect of the University.
From its inception, Rev. Harrington added, the Campaign was a
reflection of St. John’s Vincentian mission. “Tonight is really not
about the dollars,” he said. “It’s not about the buildings, or the
labs, or the technology. It’s not so much about what we’ve done –
it’s about who we are.”
Emphasizing the impact of the guest’s generosity, William
Montgoris, a Campaign Co-Chair, declared “this campaign’s success
guarantees that our legacy will live on in the lives of thousands
of others…for generations to come.”
We invite you to relive the joy of our Campaign Celebration
through the images captured in our Photo Gallery.