"Gettysburg College is a passion of ours. We can't give back enough."
This could have been said in unison, because Marsha (Hoffman) and John Comegno approach their support for Gettysburg College as a team. "We became a team when we met freshman year, and we've been a team ever since," Marsha said.
Strong teams do great work. Beyond their full and active family, professional, and community lives in Moorestown, N.J., they've volunteered for Gettysburg's reunion committees and with the class agent, admissions, and career development programs. Marsha serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The Comegnos are loyal supporters of the Gettysburg Fund, the heart of the College's annual giving program, and are members of the Cupola Society.
"Gettysburg made us mindful of our responsibilities to serve all of the communities in our lives," said John, who chairs the Burlington County Bridge Commission and leads the mid-sized general practice law firm he established in 2004, concentrating his practice in special education and school law."The College prepared us for life and provided experiences that informed our leadership in our professional and civic lives. The impact of Gettysburg is felt well beyond the campus, and for us, virtually every day."
Marsha's doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania focused on fund-raising in higher education. "Those who are involved tend also to give gifts—they put their stake in their institution and want to help make it better," she said. "It's about choice. We chose Gettysburg for our educations, and we also choose it as a philanthropic priority. It's important to propel our College forward."
John sees Gettysburg as "an old place with incredible energy that constantly pursues new ideas." Both Marsha and John value that the College "stays true to its core principles" yet meets the needs of changing times. "Gettysburg has a gravitational pull on us," says Marsha. "We took advantage of the opportunities, became part of the community, and learned that being part of something means giving both time and treasure."