Why I Give: Lauren Meehan '09

"Ecstatic" was how one reveler described co-chairs Lauren Meehan '09 and Porter Sargent '09 when they announced the results of the class gift campaign to those gathered April 24 for the Senior Surprise.

A remarkable 91 percent of the nearly 600 members of the Class of 2009 made a gift to the Gettysburg Fund through the student-led campaign, and Meehan played a large part in that success. The co-chairs and the committee began planning the campaign in the summer of 2008 and worked tirelessly all year to unite their class in supporting the College.

"It's important to me to be involved," said Meehan. "All of us have been affected by what others have given to Gettysburg, and it's important to somehow give back."

For this management and political science major from Bel Air, Md., being involved is a family affair. Meehan's parents, Maria and Charles, have hosted two send-off receptions for entering students. Her brother, physics major Charles '11, is vice president of the Student Senate.

As Meehan heads off for law school at Washington and Lee University, the success of the Class of 2009 will be a happy memory. "Words can't describe how excited I am for our class to achieve such a high rate of participation," she said. "I think the success of the campaign reflects the hard work and dedication of the committee as well as the unique class unity of Gettysburg College students. Not many colleges can say they have achieved 91-percent class participation for a fund-raising campaign. This level of participation is a true reflection of the high regard Gettysburg students have for the College and their willingness to support their classmates. I encourage the Class of 2009 to maintain this spirit for many years to come."