Participation challenge

Nothing motivates like a little friendly competition.

That adage inspired a group of generous donors to challenge fellow alumnae/i to join them in giving to the college through the Wheaton Fund. The group has pledged $200,000 to the college if 4,400 fellow alums join them in supporting the Wheaton experience for current students.

Last year, 3,900 Wheaton alums made gifts to the fund. To meet the challenge, Wheaton needs contributions from 4,400 graduates by June 30, 2011, the final day of the college’s fiscal year.

The challenge has already inspired a little friendly competition among members of the Class of 2007. Facebook posts between class co-president Melissa Grove ’07 and Nicholas Costa ’07 spurred Grove and Wheaton Fund chair Elena Wong ’07 to start a class-based challenge. The two plan to recruit friends and classmates to join them in giving to the fund. Whoever recruits more people will be declared the winner; the loser pledges to submit to some small humiliation yet to be determined.

To learn more about how you can participate, or to check on the participation challenge’s progress, visit

Campaign leadership

  • Kenneth Babby ’02
  • Nancy Pearlstine Conger ’67, co-chair
  • Deborah Haigh Dluhy ’62
  • Debra Kent Glidden ’68, co-chair
  • Thomas Hollister, co-chair
  • Margaret Dunn Smith ’73