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Saint Mary’s receives $6.2 million gift

| Thursday, May 12, 2016

Saint Mary’s has received a gift of $6.2 million — one of the largest donations in the College’s history — from the trust of 1958 alumna Mary Lee Sheftic, the College announced Thursday. According to a press release, the gift will be used for a scholarship in Sheftic’s name, as well as to provide resources for the renovation and expansion of the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex.

“We are blessed by the generosity of our alumna Mary Lee Sheftic, President Carol Ann Mooney said in the release. “I wish that I had known her and had the opportunity to thank her personally for such a transformational gift.”

Sheftic passed away in May of 2015 at the age of 78. She graduated from the College with a degree in commerce and a minor in speech and drama. She taught school in Virginia before working as the vice president of the Peoples Bank and Trust and serving on the First Commonwealth Financial Corp. Board of Directors.

Julie Schroeder-Biek, director of athletics, said in the release that the gift “helped make our dreams of the new Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex a reality.”

“Our generous donors have helped us get up a mountain, and this gift allowed us to put the flag at the summit.”

The construction and renovation is set to be completed by fall of 2017.

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