Share Your Story
Thank you for your generous commitment to future generations of Villanovans by supporting the University through an estate gift, life-income gift or the transfer of assets. You are part of a special group - one of nearly 1,200 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who have joined the tradition of the 1842 Heritage Society.
I invite you to share your Villanova story with me and the rest of the University community. Help us inspire others by telling us the reasons why you've decided to make your gift.
We have been blessed by Villanova, and your visionary support ensures that future generations of students will have the same or better opportunities to experience what you experienced and gain what you've gained from being a Villanovan.
Thank you again for your support.
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D.
John Charles (JC) Lamb, ’11 CLAS, ’14 MA
As a young alumnus, I don’t strike people as someone who would make a planned gift. In fact, at my first 1842 Heritage Society event, everyone was congratulating my father (Jay Lamb ’74, ’77 VLS)! It took them a moment to realize I was the one wearing the pin—they were shocked someone my age was a member.
I don’t mind this reaction. Instead, I see it as an opportunity to change the perception that planned gifts are only for those approaching retirement age. I can inspire other young alumni by sharing my story of how easy it was to include the Villanova Annual Fund as a beneficiary for my retirement fund through work; and how, through this gift, I can ensure that I leave an even greater legacy through my personal philanthropy.
Since I made my first gift in 2011 through the Senior Class Gift program, and as I continue to give back as a member of the Young Alumni Circle, I’ve witnessed how much of a difference donor support has on current students. In total, I have spent nearly a decade on campus, first as a student and then working for the Annual Fund in University Advancement. Making a planned gift was a unique way to share my appreciation for all those who came before me and allowed me to accomplish all that I had on campus.
My philanthropy has also enhanced my personal connection to Villanova, bringing me to campus for various events. In fact, this year (2016) is my five-year Reunion, and I’m incredibly excited to be serving on the Class of 2011 Reunion committee. Back home, I serve on the Northern New Jersey VUAA Chapter’s Leadership Board.
When my planned gift comes into effect, Villanova and its students will be left with a piece of what—I hope—is the result of a lifetime of success. I know that any past, present and future good fortune will in some way be connected to the University, and my contributions are a tangible way to show my gratitude.
Randall Ruch, ’67 CLAS
My mother worked for Food Fair, a grocery chain, headquartered in Philadelphia. The company offered scholarship assistance for children of employees.
I applied for a scholarship and most fortunately was awarded a partial scholarship. I chose to attend Villanova, which was one of the best decisions of my life. Without the annual financial assistance there was no way I could afford the $2500 annual cost (freshman year) for room, board and tuition. By senior year the cost had doubled, but fortunately I was able to get a $1000 grant from the state which allowed me to finish my fourth year at VU.
Without the financial help I could not have had the incredible Villanova education and total Villanova experience. Therefore, I feel strongly that I should play some role in making VU a reality for another deserving student. I am most fortunate that I am able to fund a scholarship and I look forward to meeting the students who become Wildcats with some help from me.
Vincent L. Lamanna, Jr. ’62 VSB
My decision to create a legacy at Villanova represents the recognition and contribution of my family’s investment in a Villanova education. My dad, Vincent L. Lamanna, was the first member of our family to receive a college education when he enrolled at Villanova College in 1932 as a pre-med student. Thereafter, his younger brother Louis Lamanna graduated Villanova College in 1953, followed by me in 1962 and my brother, Stephen, in 1967.
Following in my footsteps were my children, Vincent Lamanna, III ’89 and Denise Lamanna ’95. A Villanova education is indeed a Lamanna family tradition.
Michael J. Pennington
Director for Experiential Education & Pre-Law Advising Services
I decided to join the Heritage Society to honor my father, Robert F. Pennington '72 VSB. The sense of community among all Villanovans, across all generations, is very special. My father attributes much of his success, throughout his lifetime, to Villanova University. To be in the position to provide philanthropic support in recognition of my father, and to see its transformative impact on the lives of future Villanova graduates first-hand as a University staff member, is truly a blessing.