GOLD classes rally to success during March Mania


With more than 100 volunteers from GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) classes and a healthy sense of competitive spirit, this year’s March Mania competition had historic results. The College placed second for the first time ever, beating rivals Trinity and Colby.

March Mania pits Connecticut College against NESCAC rivals Bates, Colby and Trinity in a friendly competition to secure the greatest number of gifts from GOLD alumni at the end of March. Bates took the title this year with 1,448 gifts. Connecticut had 1,083. Colby and Trinity trailed with 1,052 and 370 respectively.

This year’s Connecticut College competition was spurred on by a $42,000 challenge led by 12 GOLD alumni. This was the first time in the College’s history young alumni put together a challenge for their own decade. Nearly 1,100 gifts helped the GOLD classes meet the challenge, almost doubling the number of last year’s gifts.

Gifts made during March Mania helped increase the overall Annual Fund participation rate by 6% (it takes approximately 172 people per point).

According to Samantha McCracking ’10, who led this year’s effort, “GOLD alumni and volunteers knocked it out of the park, and I could not have been happier with the effort. Their energy and enthusiasm was exhilarating — it’s what makes working with GOLD so much fun.”