Annual Giving Achievement Awards
Annual Giving

Annual Giving applauds volunteer achievements

by Beth Perrino
March 21, 2022

Annual Giving honored volunteer leaders for their achievements in the 2020-21 campaign during a series of online celebrations in February. A video recognizes them for their efforts, dedication and spirit, and thanks Princeton alumni, parents and friends for their generous support of Annual Giving.

“I am thankful to be part of [the Annual Giving] effort and I want to thank everyone for their contributions,” said class agent Kristen Verberkmoes ’96. “It was a tremendous experience.”

2020-21 Annual Giving Volunteer Achievement Awards

The Harold H. Helm ’20 Distinguished Service Award, recognizing “exemplary and sustained service to Annual Giving,” was presented to Laurence Latimer *01.

Learn more about Laurence and his service to Princeton.

The Class of 1960 Award for the highest percentage of participation among the youngest 10 classes was presented to the Class of 2011 for reaching 50.3 percent participation. The class was led by class agents Katie Schwartz Thiry and Yifeng Wang.

The Class of 1931 Ricardo A. Mestres Memorial Award recognizes participation in two additional groups of classes. For the highest participation among classes 11 to 50 years out, the award was presented to the Class of 1972 with 65.2 percent participation. The class was led by class agent Tom Hoster. The Class of 1963 earned the Mestres Award for achieving the highest participation in Annual Giving among classes 51 or more years post-graduation with 75.2 percent. The class was led by class agent Bob Eisenstadt.

The Class of 1939 Award recognizes the non-major reunion class that raises the highest dollar amount. The award for 2020-21 went to the Class of 1992, which raised $1,089,982. The class was led by class agents Myles Derieg, Mary Kelleher, Ted Polubinski, and Matt Tarkenton.

The Class of 1926 Trophy is awarded to the class that raises the largest sum of money each year. The award this year went to the Class of 1996, which raised $9,741,996, its highest total ever, in celebration of its 25th Reunion. The class was led by class agents Allison Sewell Bridges, Matthew Ferguson, Anna Kovner, and Kristen Verberkmoes; critical few chairs Pamela Adams Baker, Rob Hordon, Catarina Norman Schwab and Tony Yoseloff; and special gifts chairs Giorgio Caputo, Abigail Levy, Claire Nee Nelson and Steve Prince.