Donor Stories

 

 

Rick Stearns

HONORING A 50-YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH A GIFT

Rick Stearns visited St. Bonaventure as a senior in high school and said the university “felt like just the right fit.” When he arrived at St. Bonaventure for his freshman year, Rick “did not know one person there,” but this Poughkeepsie native quickly bonded with his classmates. And that connection has only grown stronger in the 50 years since his graduation.

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Dr. Robert J. Buckla

CONTINUING THE SPIRIT OF ST. BONAVENTURE

Dr. Robert J. Buckla has many fond memories of his days at St. Bonaventure attending epic Bonnie basketball games in the Reilly Center, working at the school’s award-winning radio station and hanging out with friends on 4th Dev West and in the Skeller. One of his most vivid memories, however, centers around his last morning on campus.

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REMEMBERING UNCLE FRANK

Deeply disappointed that the Great Depression robbed him of the freedom to attend college, Frank Gelsomino spent his entire life investing his earnings and watching the market with ferocious intensity. His life of frugality wedded to his expert dealings with investments resulted in bequests of more than $1.6 million to St. Bonaventure University and $700,000 to Olean General Hospital.

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JOE DEMARIA SHARES HIS ST. BONAVENTURE STORY

Our reasons for supporting St. Bonaventure are legion. After having been a student at the school for four years, I have been infected with the same love for the school that almost all students have, especially after graduation.

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PROVIDING FOR FAMILY THROUGH A GIFT ANNUITY

Jim Kelley, class of 1955, is a family man – always has been. From an early age, Jim learned the importance of family. When Jim was 17, he lost his father. At that time, Jim decided to postpone college plans for a year to stay at home in Brasher Falls, N.Y., and take care of his mother and five sisters. After graduating from St. Bonaventure with a business degree, Jim felt it was his duty to serve in the military. 

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DOMINIC MANIERI’S PERMANENT LEGACY OF SUPPORT

Dominic Manieri, class of 1940, died in 1999. 
 
This school year, he'll help a student attend St. Bonaventure University. 
 

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