About the 1843 Society

Recent 1843 Society Events
1843 Society History

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Created to honor the spirit of philanthropy that has nurtured and sustained Holy Cross for more than 170 years, the 1843 Society recognizes those individuals who have thoughtfully included a gift to the College in their estate plans through a will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy, or life-income gift such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

Membership is entirely voluntary, and there is no immediate gift, minimum gift level, or minimum age required to become a member. Simply notify the Office of Gift Planning of your gift intentions so that we can warmly welcome you and extend an invitation to our annual celebratory events.

By joining the 1843 Society, you become part of the Holy Cross legacy and will help to inspire others to support the College with future gifts.

For members who are 70 years of age or older, providing simple documentation of a gift intention will allow that future gift to be counted in your current Reunion Class Gift totals.

If you haven't already, we encourage you to consider your own legacy and contact the Office of Gift Planning to discover how you can realize your philanthropic goals.

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Ken Padgett '66
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Barbara Richardson'78
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Matt Donovan '99

Co-chairs for the 1843 Society


Office of Gift Planning
Karen S. Turpin, Director
Laurie W. Bowater, Associate Director
Elizabeth Pratt, Administrative Assistant
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Recent 1843 Society Events

About the 1843 Society
1843 Society History

September 2014
1843 Society Member Reception

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On September 26, 2014, members of the 1843 Society were invited to experience the latest exhibit at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery on the Holy Cross campus: THE ITALIAN PRESEPE, Cultural Landscapes of the Soul. This unique display offers an exploration of an important form of Italian installation art: the nativity scene, or the “presepe.”  Through the centuries the presepe has developed a history deeply entwined with Italian art and culture. Our 1843 Society members were guided through the exhibit by Margot Balboni, an independent curator and photographer, and Sarah Stanbury, a medievalist and the Monsignor Murray Professor in the Arts and Humanities in the English Department at Holy Cross. Together, these artistic collaborators shared the genesis of the exhibit that stems back to 2005, when Balboni stumbled into a room at Cosma Damiano in Rome to find a dramatic 18th-century Neapolitan presepe, crowded with elaborately clothed gesticulating figures. While Stanbury was on leave in 2011, she and Balboni began a three-year journey of research and discovery that was driven by the artists, collectors, historians, and curators they met along the way.

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The Cantor Gallery is publishing an 80-page color catalogue that will include photographs by Balboni and an essay by Stanbury, and will be available for sale at the Gallery. Numerous events scheduled throughout the fall semester, including “tableaux vivants” by the theatre department and a craft demonstration by Refugee Artisans of Worcester, will be open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through December 17, 2014.


June 2014
Annual 1843 Society Luncheon

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On June 6, the 1843 Society welcomed approximately 120 members, guests, faculty, and staff to its annual luncheon event hosted here on campus.  This event recognizes and celebrates the 1843 Society members who have thoughtfully included a gift to the College in their estate plans through a will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy, or life-income gift arrangement such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

Legacy members and guests enjoyed speaking with Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., prior to the lunch.  Rev. Paul Harman, S.J., this year’s featured speaker, delivered historical and insightful remarks about the meaning of mission here at Holy Cross – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.  Fr. Harman is vice president for mission at the College, a position he has held since 2011.

Prior to Fr. Harman’s presentation, the 1843 Society welcomed its new volunteer co-chair leadership:  Kenneth ‘Ken’ M. Padgett, Esq., ’66 P11, 07, 05; Barbara C. ‘Barb’ Richardson ’78, and Matthew S. ‘Matt’ Donovan ’99.  Ken, Barb, and Matt will serve as our legacy society’s leading advocates and ambassadors as well as work with the Gift Planning office to expand the 1843 Society’s presence and promotional efforts.  They look forward to meeting our many legacy members at upcoming Holy Cross events.

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Ken Padgett '66
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Barbara Richardson'78
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Matt Donovan '99

 

Read Fr. Harman's Remarks View 1843 Society Luncheon Photos

 

 

1843 Society History

About the 1843 Society
Recent 1843 Society Events


One of our first known bequests came at a crucial time in the College’s history. Jesuit Scholastic Patrick Healy turned over to the school a bequest he received from his parents. That bequest made it possible for the school to rebuild after a fire burned down Fenwick Hall in 1852.

Originally known as the Codicil Club, today's 1843 Society is comprised of alumni and friends of Holy Cross who have provided for the future of the College through life-income gifts, outright bequests, trust provisions, and naming the College as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan.

Since the founding of the College of the Holy Cross in 1843, bequests and other planned gifts have served as an important source of support in furthering the mission of the College. Today there are over 800 members of the 1843 Society. Together, this distinguished group helps raise awareness about the importance of future gifts to the College.

The College wishes to express its deepest appreciation to members of the 1843 Society for their commitment to Holy Cross.

For more information or assistance, please contact our office.

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