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    Mercy Vocational High School
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    A N N UA L R E P O R T O F G I F T S
  Our Mission Mercy Vocational
  High School is a private, urban vocational
  high school sponsored by the Sisters of
  Mercy. The school’s mission is to provide
                                                      We Believe
                                                      • Every individual has inherent worth and dignity.
  a Catholic education to those students              • Moral and spiritual development is absolutely essential.
  whose educational and career goals are
                                                      • Our students are blessed with gifts and talents that are
  best served by a quality, comprehensive
                                                        better served through vocational education.
  academic/vocational secondary school
  program. Students acquire marketable                • Risk-taking is essential for school improvement.
  skills to enter immediately into their career       • Within a culturally diverse environment, we can build
  vocation or to pursue post-secondary                  tolerance, respect, and understanding.
  education. As a school community we seek            • Life-long learning is a shared responsibility of students,
  to live the Gospel in word and action. We             teachers, family, and community.
  place the highest priority on the spiritual
                                                      • All students are an investment in the future.
  and moral development of our students
                                                      • We are called to serve others.
  and on their service to others.

                                                      ON THE COVER
                                                      At Mercy Vocational High School, our MISSION is to educate tomorrow’s workforce today.

  Mercy Vocational High School is pleased             MVHS makes it POSSIBLE for Philadelphia businesses to attract and retain the city’s next
  to present our Annual Report 2008                   generation of skilled workers from every Mercy graduating class.         Upper Left Hand Photo: The nine Mercy students shown are part of the FACE Program at MVHS. The
  annualreport/index.php to the Community,            FACE Program: Fostering Awareness of Catholic Education is a unique public awareness program
  highlighting all the positive aspects of our        dedicated to raising awareness of the many academic and personal benefits a Catholic education
  unique school.                                      offers. Over 200 Catholic high school students from the five-county Philadelphia area make up the
  This year, instead of expending dollars for         FACE Program.
  printing and mailing costs, we placed our           The Mercy students are as follows: Front Row Middle: Nicole Hamilton, Junior Cosmetology
  Annual Report on our website. If you prefer a       2nd Row Kneeling: India Dallas, Senior Business Education and Nicole Monzo, Junior Cosmetology
  hard copy, we are happy to make a copy here at      3rd Row Standing: Alyssa Osano, Senior Nursing Assistant; Nawaal Anderson, Senior Nursing
  the office on recycled paper. In taking this step   Assistant; Francesca Ortiz, Junior Nursing Assistant; Matthew Hunt, Senior Business Education;
  we effectively deal with reporting in a “green-     Franco Liles, Senior Business Education; and Antonio Perez, Senior Business Education
  friendly” way and use the savings to apply to our   Middle Photo: From left to right: Sister Rosemary Herron, RSM, President, Mercy Vocational
  most pressing need: The Fund for Mercy Families     High School, The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia, Albert Pigford, Junior
  which helps provide students with the means to      Carpentry, James J. White, IV, President, JJ White Incorporated
  a quality education and a hopeful future. Please
  email if you would         Upper Right Hand Photo: From left to right: James J. Maguire, Sr., Chairman & Founder, The
  like a copy.                                        Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Magdaline Biawogei, Senior Business Education

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                                     Reflections                                                 on School Year 2007-2008

                                     DEaR FRiENDs,               We understand that we can’t rest on our past successes. Just       Jim and Frannie have also allowed for individuals who
                                      As you read through all    as all of you must do from time to time in your businesses,        are unable to commit to $25,000 to combine their
                                      the information in this    Mercy spent a goodly portion of the 2007-2008 school year          contributions with that of others to create an “entity”
                                      Annual Report I think      completing a comprehensive strategic planning process              to qualify for the $25,000 threshold required for
                                      you will see why Mercy     that reaffirmed our mission and our unique position in             matching. With continuous support from donors like
                                      Vocational High School’s   Philadelphia. We talked with many of our stakeholders and          you, we are confident that we can achieve our goal.
                                      unique combination         heard resounding confirmation for the school, its teachers
                                                                                                                                    We invite you to visit the school and learn more about
 of academics and vocational training is so critical to the      and its spirit. We also learned more about the tremendous
                                                                                                                                    how you can invest in students and launch their careers.
 success of the Philadelphia region. The national trend,         untapped potential and the opportunities for growth
                                                                                                                                    Please join us at one of two Career Showcases scheduled
 especially in urban areas, is a shortage of skilled workers.    and change.
                                                                                                                                    on: Friday, April 17, 7:30–8:30 AM and Friday, May 15,
 According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Confer-       During 2008, MVHS focused on updating its Strategic Plan           7:30–8:30 AM.
 ence of Mayors, almost half of those mayors surveyed cited      by forming a committee which included representatives from
                                                                                                                                    In the years to come, it is my hope that Mercy Vocational
 a labor shortage in health care, construction and the service   administration, faculty, parents, and the Board of Trustees. Six
                                                                                                                                    High School will be leading a North Philadelphia youth
 sector. Experts point to the graying of the population as the   major goals of the strategic plan were identified as a result
                                                                                                                                    empowerment zone that will be focused on education
 chief reason for this shortage. As vocational and technol-      of this effort: Spiritual Development, Personal Development,
                                                                                                                                    and employment.
 ogy workers retire, who will repair our homes, take care of     Education, Business, Governance and Sponsorship, and
 us as we age and keep us connected to the ever-widening         Future Planning.                                                   To meet the challenges I have identified, Mercy needs
 world of technology?                                                                                                               the investment of the business community, government,
                                                                 MVHS invests over $10,500 a year to educate each student.
                                                                                                                                    individuals, foundations and other entities with a stake
 MVHS fits this niche and advances a unique youth                Unlike other private schools, MVHS faces the challenge of
                                                                                                                                    in bettering the lives of the young men and women
 empowerment and workforce development mission in                funding all or most of this amount for each family. As a result,
                                                                                                                                    of Philadelphia.
 Philadelphia. It offers its students the work and life readi-   MVHS runs an annual operating deficient of $1M per year. We
 ness supports they need to launch their careers right after     continue to work diligently by creating numerous funding           Please visit us soon so I can share with you more of our
 graduation. Without the opportunity that MVHS provides,         streams to stabilize MVHS’ finances. One avenue is to grow         plans about our ambitious vision for the future. I hope I
 and investors in our mission create, students would be          our endowment. We know that by increasing the endowment            will be able to count each of you among our group of
 attending some of Philadelphia’s most challenged public         and identifying the strategic role that MVHS will play in the      strategic investors.
 high schools, or likely enrolled in an academic curriculum      future of Philadelphia, we can create enough additional
 that could not meet their needs.                                unrestricted revenue each year to eliminate the recurring
 Our students have chosen a non-traditional path to              deficit and allow MVHS to continue to deliver its vitally-
                                                                                                                                    SISTER ROSEMARY HERRON, RSM
 college and the promise of a life after that is characterized   important mission.                                                 PRESIDENT
 by economic stability, meaningful work and a sense              Despite current economic conditions, our Board of
 of purpose. MVHS graduates make an impact on the                Trustees and Advancement Committee members have
 Philadelphia region’s economy and immediately join the          used the energy brought about by the Maguire $1M
 payrolls of major corporations and municipalities including     Matching Grant Initiative to actively and enthusiastically
 the Philadelphia Water Department.                              identify, cultivate and solicit sizable gifts for endowment
                                                                 to MVHS. James J. and Frances M. Maguire, Founders and
                                                                 Directors of the Maguire Educational Foundation, will
                                                                 gift $1 million to Mercy Vocational High School if we can
                                                                 raise an additional $1 million by December 31, 2009.
                                                                 Qualifying gifts must be at least $25,000 or more. All
                                                                 pledges must be fulfilled on or before December 31, 2011.

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Highlights                                              School Year 2008-2009
                                        Overview of Mercy Vocational High School Today

 86% of Mercy Vocational students are “at-risk”
      (defined by federal guidelines as those with
      learning disabilities, severe domestic
      disturbance, neighborhood violence, low
      family income, chronic illness, etc.).
 60% come from families living at or below
       the poverty level.

 61% of families receive some form of
      financial assistance.

 64% of MVHS’s student body is Catholic.
 36% are students of other faiths.

                              46% White                    OUR sCHOOL
                                                           MVHS is the ONLY co-educational Catholic vocational high school in the country.
                                                           Our Co-operative Education Program allows seniors to gain professional experience in their chosen career fields.
                                                           MVHS offers extensive guidance counseling and emotional support services.
                                                           Mercy’s caring, dedicated and experienced faculty fosters an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

                                                           Vocational Programs: Goals for shop areas have continued to include the acquisition of the following
                                                           certifications upon graduation:
                                                           Business Education: MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Certification in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access
                                           12% Latino
                                                           Carpentry: Woodworking & Framing: Certification through the National Center for Construction Education and
                                                           Research in Core Curriculum and Level I

                                     1% Asian              Computer Technology: CertiPort IC3! Internet and Computing Core Certification and CompTIA A+ Certification
  39% African American          2% Multi-Racial            Cosmetology: State Licensed Program
                                                           Culinary Arts: ServSafe Certification
                                                           Electricity: Residential & Commercial: Certification through the National Center for Construction Education and
  cost to educate each                                     Research in Core Curriculum and Level I

  student $10,500                                          Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R): EPA Core Curriculum Certification
                                                           in equipment use

           tuition $5,255                                  Nursing Assistant Training Program: State Board Certified

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Our Success                                                 2008-2009 Achievements

 97% Average daily attendance rate.                         MVHs CLass OF 2008—WHERE aRE
                                                            THEy NOW?
 97% Success rate.
                                                            MVHS graduated 82 students in 2008:
 37% of graduates immediately enter the workforce.          92% of these students had successful outcomes
                                                                  after graduation.
 60% of graduates continue their education in technical
       schools and two and four-year colleges while         54% went on to post-secondary education, including
       working in full and part-time jobs.                        trade schools and training programs.
 Nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of
 Education and the Council for American Private
                                                            38% went to work.
 Education as a School of Excellence.                       CLass OF 2008 aCHiEVEMENTs:
 Commended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as            The Class of 2008 has been awarded approximately         Service Academy: Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; and
 “a valuable alternative to a comprehensive academic        $175,000 in scholarships and merit awards to attend      Nursing Assistant Training Program (NATP)
 program.”                                                  vocational and technical schools, community colleges     100% of the NATP Graduates have successfully
                                                            and four year institutions of higher learning.           completed the Nursing Assistants Training Program
 In 2006 MVHS was reaccredited by the Middle States
                                                            Building Trades Academy: Carpentry and Electricity       and are certified by the State of Pennsylvania
 Association until May 1, 2014.
                                                            (including HVAC)                                         100% of the Cosmetology Graduates have successfully
 The Validation Team decided unanimously:
                                                            64% Building Trades Graduates have earned certifica-     completed their 1,250 hours of Cosmetology Training
 “The school does an excellent job with balancing           tions issued from the National Center for Construction   and 27% are licensed cosmetologists
 academics, vocational studies and theology.”               Education and Research (N.C.C.E.R.) in Core Curriculum   100% of the Culinary Arts Graduates have successfully
 “Opportunity, potential, respect, dignity- these words     47% of the Carpentry Graduates passed the Union          passed the Serve Safe Certification
 characterize what the school is about and what it does.”   Carpentry test                                           Three Graduates in Culinary Arts received the
 “MVHS’s environment encourages learning through            100% of the Electricity Graduates have achieved          Presidential Academic Scholarship to Johnson &
 positive, caring interactions among administration,        N.C.C.E.R. Certifications in Electricity 1 and in Core   Wales University
 faculty, staff, students and parents.”                     Curriculum
                                                                                                                     32% of the Class of 2008 were offered full time
 MVHS continues its progress in the goals set in 2006.      75% of the HVAC Graduates have achieved EPA Core         employment in the areas of their vocational training.
                                                            Certification in HVAC field
 In academics, teachers make greater use of electronic                                                               Employers of our graduates   include:
 presentations and continually update curriculum and        Business Academy: Business Education and                 American Infrastructure      Phelan, Hallinan, &
 textbooks.                                                 Computer Technicians                                     Bonacorsi Woodworks            Schmeig
                                                                                                                     Boyle Brothers Energy        Philadelphia Insurance
 At MVHS we have experienced significant success            100% of the Business Ed Graduates have received
                                                                                                                     E. Allen Reeves                Companies
 regarding our students’ abilities to write and speak       Microsoft Certification in Word and PowerPoint
                                                                                                                     Elliot-Lewis                 Philadelphia Water
 appropriately. They have a newfound confidence in          92% of the Business Ed Graduates have received           Givens Corp.                   Department
 themselves which carries over to the workplace.            Microsoft Certification in Excel                         J.J. White, Incorporated     PTR Bailer
 Fully operational for the 2008-2009 school year,           42% of the Business Ed Graduates have received           Klover Construction          Riff Group
 PowerSchool (on-line data management system),              Microsoft Certification in Access                        Magee Rehabilitation         T.A. Head & Son
 with its real-time picture of progress, is used by a                                                                  Hospital                   Temple Health System
                                                            Graduates achieved IC3 Certification and obtained        MGM Industries, Inc.         TN Ward
 high percentage of parents and students.
                                                            ComPTIA A+ Certification in hardware and software
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Sources                                of Major Support

 sisTERs OF MERCy                                            PENNsyLVaNia CONVENTiON CENTER
 The Sisters of Mercy, faithful supporters of our unique     Since 1992, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and
 educational ministry, founded Mercy Vocational High         Mercy Vocational High School have worked together
 School in 1950 to provide high quality educational op-      to provide the finest in vocational training to a student
 portunities to students whose needs are best served         population that will continue to live and work in Phila-
 by an education that provides the skills for immedi-        delphia. Beneficiary of an annual gift of $250,000 from
 ate entrance into the work force. The Sisters of Mercy      the Pennsylvania Convention Center Education and
 Mid-Atlantic Community are proud to support Mercy           Training Fund to develop and implement a hospitality
 Vocational High School because its mission is directly      and tourism program, Mercy Vocational High School
 linked to the desire of Catherine McAuley, foundress of     continues to serve a diverse student population from
 the Sisters of Mercy, to bring compassion and heal-         every neighborhood of Philadelphia.
 ing to those in need and empower them with the tools
                                                             Providing vocational and academic education to
 needed to achieve their goals.
                                                             an urban student population in an economy that is
 For almost sixty years, the Sisters of Mercy have con-      increasingly technology-based does not come without
                                                                                                                             REMaRKs FROM THE
 tributed their services and significant financial support   its challenges. While the fiscal operations of Mercy            N U R s i N G a s s i sTa N T
 to this unique institution to ensure that the students      Vocational High School are managed well and we are              PiNNiNG CEREMONy
 graduate with marketable skills, a work ethic, a strong     comfortable in “doing more with less,” these unique
 sense of self, and a sense of service to others. Their      challenges present a real financial need that must be
 commitment is seen clearly in the thirteen Sisters of
 Mercy who currently serve this mission. Contributed
                                                             met with an infusion of resources as well as a broader
                                                             partnership with the community. Our partnership with
                                                                                                                         “…We would also like to thank
 services for FY 08 alone were $166,716.                     the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority allows
                                                             Mercy Vocational High School to provide a unique
                                                                                                                          our benefactors who, because
                                                             education to high school students, allowing them an
                                                             educational opportunity that they might otherwise
                                                                                                                          of their generosity, have made
 For the past thirteen years, The Charles E. Ellis Trust     not be able to afford.
                                                                                                                          it possible for many of us to
 has made it possible for young women from single par-       The partnership with the Pennsylvania Convention
 ent families in the city of Philadelphia to attend Mercy    Center has been, and continues to be, one of the             experience an education here at
 Vocational High School. In the 2007-2008 school year,       most important relationships we have. The award from
 The Ellis Trust provided $276,975 in tuition assistance     the Pennsylvania Convention Center supports four of          Mercy Vocational High School.
 grants to fifty-five students.                              the eight vocational training programs of the Mercy
 The Ellis Trust has opened doors to a bright and prom-      Vocational High School curriculum: Business Education,       They have been an invisible
 ising future for hundreds of Mercy Vocational High          Carpentry, Culinary Arts and Electricity.
 School students, past and present, by providing tuition                                                                  but influential part of our lives
 grants to qualified students in need of aid to complete
 their high school education.                                                                                             and for that we are very grateful.”
                                                                                                                          Nawaal Anderson ’09

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Gifts                 & Annual Giving

 TOTa L G i F Ts R E C E i V E D

 July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008                                        $1,041,526
 2007 Corporate REACH Breakfast                                           $171,855
 Fund for Mercy Families                                                  $98,855
 In-Kind Donations                                                        $60,977
 Mission Possible: The Annual Fund for
 Mercy Vocational High School                                             $137,795
 Restricted Grants and Gifts                                              $410,744

a N N Ua L G i V i N G By y E a R


              $291,130                                                                             This report lists donors who have contributed to Mercy
                                                                                                   Vocational High School between July 1, 2007 and June
 $180,143                                                                                          30, 2008. While every effort has been made to ensure
                                                                                                   the accuracy of this report, errors and omissions some-
                                                                                                   times occur.
                                                                                                   If your name is missing or is listed incorrectly, please
                                                                                                   contact Linda E. Leighbody, Director of Advancement,
 2000-2001    2001-2002   2002-2003   2003-2004   2004-2005   2005-2006   2006-2007    2008-2009   at (215) 226-1225 ext. 146 or

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Corporate REACH Breakfast
                                                                        Mission Possible
On October 10, 2008, as part of an on-going                   Honorary Co-Chair Joseph A. “Chip” Marshall, III, then
strategy to connect regional corporations with the highly     President and CEO, Temple University Health System,
trained and dedicated workforce that MVHS educates and        shared the many reasons why the Health System,
trains, Mercy Vocational High School hosted its second        pleased to partner with MVHS, hires Mercy graduates.
annual Corporate REACH Breakfast at The Union League.         Citing young people who came to work every day with
This event—headlined by Mayor Michael A. Nutter—              a can-do attitude, Mr. Marshall praised MVHS graduates
attracted support from almost 90 regional corporations        as professional, dedicated and ready to meet the
                                                              challenges of a 21st century workplace.                     Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall III, then President & CEO of
and raised over $150,000 to support Mercy’s annual
                                                                                                                          Temple University Health System; Sr. Margaret Taylor, RSM,
operations. We are especially grateful to the 21 corpora-     Rounding out the morning program, Gerard P. Cuddy,          Director of Sponsorship of the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic
tions and individuals who were Major Sponsors of              President and CEO, The Beneficial Bank, reminded            Community; Sr. Rosemary Herron, RSM, President of Mercy
this event.                                                   everyone that just as Beneficial Bank has spent the         Vocational High School; Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education
After the guests viewed the newly produced MVHS               last 150 years helping the community to prosper, Mercy      Officer & Director of the Office of the Public School Family
Career Showcase video, Honorary Co-Chair William Sasso,       Vocational has a proven track record of success for         & Child Advocate; and William R. Sasso, Chairman of
                                                              almost 60 years that bolsters this region’s economy         Stradley Ronon—Attorneys at Law
Chairman, Stradley Ronan, introduced Mayor Nutter to
the almost 400 guests. Mr. Sasso, a long-time supporter       and vitality. He urged the business people in the room
of MVHS, began his introduction of Mayor Nutter by            to consider hiring students for Co-Op or bring gradu-       MajOR sPONsORs LisT
reminding everyone that our unique school is certainly        ates onto their payrolls. Mr. Cuddy also urged guests to    MENTOR SPONSORSHIP $15,000
part of “Philadelphia’s Educational Promise” that the May-    consider helping us as a Corporate Partner and bring the    Bayada Nurses
or believes in so strongly. Mayor Nutter recognized that      company’s skills and expertise to tomorrow’s workforce to   Keystone Mercy Health Plan
Mercy’s students come from all corners of Philadelphia,       “groom” MVHS students for the business world.               JJ White Incorporated
many from some of its most troubled neighborhoods, and        Sister Rosemary Herron, RSM, President, MVHS closed         ADVOCATE SPONSORSHIP $10,000
praised Mercy for professional training that our students     the Breakfast by urging guests, after Student Ambassa-      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.
receive that helps them secure immediate employment as        dors collected our guests’ business cards, to contact her   Bonnie and Ed Mullin
well as for providing a non-traditional path to college and   to schedule a “Morning at Mercy” visit to MVHS at their     Philadelphia Insurance Companies
other technical training. Business and community leaders      convenience.                                                John and Mori Sasso
applauded the Mayor’s comments which focused on the
                                                                                                                          ADVISOR SPONSORSHIP: $5,000
critical need for a well educated citizenry.                  “…Bettering this city’s education system                    Beneficial Bank
Mike O’Neill, Founder and CEO, Preferred Unlimited Inc.,
and Chair of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic
                                                               is not about private, public, charter or                   Janet and Bill Bonenberger
                                                                                                                          Kahn & Company Real Estate
Education (BLOCS), thanked Mayor Nutter for his remarks        parochial schools. It is about adults,                     Jeanne and Bob Melchionni
and for his support of MVHS, Philadelphia’s leader in
vocational education. Mr. O’Neill emphasized that
                                                               personal responsibility and public                         Nancy and Dick Swanson

because MVHS trains the next generation of this city’s         partnership, about the roles that we all                   COUNSELOR SPONSORSHIP: $3,000
skilled workers, Philadelphia can thrive and do great
things. Mercy alumni make an impact on this city’s
                                                               must play in coming years to prepare                       Tom and Janet Genuardi
                                                                                                                          Bill and Terry O’Donnell
economic development. Whether as trades people or              our children for lives of learning in a                    Pennsylvania Convention Center
technicians, nursing assistants or culinary artists or in a
range of other professions, Mercy graduates are capable,       global economy…”                                           Stradley Ronon – Attorneys at Law
                                                                                                                          TD Bank
competent and ready to compete in an ever-changing             The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor,                    Temple University Health System
work environment.
                                                               City of Philadelphia                                       TN Ward Company

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Corporate REACH Breakfast
                                                                  Mission Possible

 MAROON & GOLD SOCIETY                  Genuardi Family Foundation
                                        General Building Contractors
 GiFTs OF $1,000 - $2,999
 Anonymous                              Girl Scouts
 All-Steel Fabricators Co., Inc.        Mr. Philip Glick
 Apollo Health Street                   Mr. Michael Green and
 AT&T                                     Ms. Deborah Dorsey
 Elisa Bongiovanni, Esq.                Guggino Production, Inc.
 B. Pietrini & Sons                     Mrs. Elizabeth Hallinan
 Citizens Bank                          Independence Blue Cross
 Mr. Joseph P. Denny                    Ms. Laura H. Kahn
 Gwynedd-Mercy College                  Kampus Klothes
 Holy Redeemer Health System            Mr. John Loftus
 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Lampert         Mr. Timothy Lynch
 Linton’s Managed Services              Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Marshall
 Lockheed Martin Integrated Solutions   Master Plumbers Association
 Mercy Health System                      of Philadelphia
 Phelan, Hallinan, & Schmieg            Mr. George Matysik, `99
 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Pistone         Ms. Mary McCabe
 PTR Baler & Compactor Company          Bishop Joseph McFadden
 Saint Joseph’s University              Rev. Msgr. Stephen P. McHenry
 Sovereign Bank                         Sister Pauline McShain, SHCJ
 Steamfitters Local 420                 Ms. Loretta McLaughlin
 Turner Construction                    Mr. William McLaughlin
 XLE Metals, Inc.                       Mr. Bruce Melgary
 GiFTs UP TO $999
                                        Sister Marie O’Hara, RSM
                                        Opdyke Builders, Inc.
                                        Philadelphia Council of AFL-CIO
                                                                                         SAVE THE DATE!
 ACME Markets                           Plumbers Local Union No. 690
 Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Angiolillo
 American Infrastructure
 Ancero, LLC
                                        Mr. David J. Roarty
                                        St. Anthony of Padua Parish                 2009 Corporate REACH Breakfast
                                        Saint Cecilia Parish
 Mr. and Mrs. Albert P. Black           Schubert, Bellwoar, Cahill, & Quinn, P.C.
 Boilermakers Local #13
 Mr. Howard Brotherton
                                        Service Select, Inc.
                                        Ms. Geraldine Swift
                                                                                       Friday, October 2, 2009 at
 Mr. Gerard Caggiano                    Mr. Mark Whelan
 Mr. and Mrs. James J. Clearkin, III
                                                                                     Mercy Vocational High School
                                        The Williamson Free School
 Del Collo & Mazzanti, LLP                of Mechanical Trades
 Electric Education Center              Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Zadlo
 Fox Chase Cancer Center
                                        (List not complete)
 Sister Suzanne Gallagher, RSM
 Mr. and Mrs. Laurence P. Genuardi

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Board of Trustees & Advancement Committee
                                                            of Mercy Vocational High School

 Mercy depends on a cadre of committed volunteers           THE CaTHERiNE MCaULEy sOCiETy:                                   The Catherine McAuley Society Membership
 —its Board of Trustees and Advancement Committee—          REMEMBERiNG THE HERiTaGE OF MERCy                                Barbara R. Kahn and Charles Kahn, Jr.: Chairs
 who act as enthusiastic ambassadors and advocates for      VOCaTiONaL HiGH sCHOOL                                           James F. Barr
 MVHS. Given that almost 25% of MVHS revenue comes                                                                           Judith F. Bishop-Duffy and James Duffy
                                                            Named after the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, the
 from community benefactors, we are very grateful to                                                                         Thomas J. Seghetti, Jr.
                                                            Catherine McAuley Society recognizes those individuals
 Mercy’s Board and Advancement Committee who have                                                                            Anna May and Joseph G. Tropiano
                                                            who have chosen to remember Mercy Vocational High
 worked tirelessly to steward our long term donor rela-                                                                      Please speak with your financial and legal advisors
                                                            School in their wills, named MVHS as a beneficiary of their
 tionships and also cultivate and introduce new faces to                                                                     about these gift possibilities, and the creation of tax
                                                            retirement plans or life insurance policies, or remembered
 MVHS as well. Without their faithful on-going commit-                                                                       advantages for your estate.
                                                            the school through other types of deferred gifts.
 ment to our students and to the fiscal health of MVHS,                                                                      Please contact Sister Rosemary Herron, President of
 we could not continue the successful mission of our        2008 Members: We are deeply grateful to judith F.
                                                                                                                             Mercy Vocational, at 215-226-1225, x 111 if you have or
 unique school.                                             Bishop-Duffy and james Duffy and the estate of
                                                                                                                             wish to leave Mercy Vocational in your will, or if you
                                                            Thomas j. seghetti, jr. for their generous gifts made
 This year we revised our “Morning at Mercy” Visitor                                                                         would like to discuss the McAuley Society in more detail.
                                                            to the Catherine Mcauley society.
 Program in a new and exciting way. Mercy Vocational                                                                         All inquiries will be kept confidential.
 High School’s new Career Showcase model offers the         Our donors recognize that every gift to MVHS has a direct
                                                                                                                             “You Can Change a Life” Capital Campaign Update!
 opportunity to talk with students who are trained for      impact on today’s students and faculty. Every contribution
                                                                                                                              We are very proud to report that everyone who pledged
 “real world jobs” in Business, Carpentry, Cosmetology,     helps us to ensure the economic stability of our school.
                                                                                                                             a gift to the “You Can Change a Life” Campaign has
 Culinary Arts, Computer Technician, Electricity/HVAC,      If you have remembered Mercy Vocational High School              fulfilled the pledge, allowing us to count ourselves
 and Nursing Assistant. Make plans to visit MVHS on one     in your will, or have planned to make a gift in the future       among a select group of organizations with 100% fulfill-
 of the following dates by contacting Sister Rosemary       through other estate planning vehicles, we would be              ment rate in campaign pledges. Clearly our donors—who
 Herron, RSM, President, at or         delighted to welcome you as a member of the Catherine            contributed over $3.2M for endowment as well as capital
 215.226.1225 ext. 111:                                     McAuley Society.                                                 improvements that have impacted Mercy’s ability to
 Friday, April 17, 2009 - 7:30 – 8:30 AM                    Members of the Catherine McAuley Society ensure that             train the workforce of tomorrow—recognized the value
 Friday, May 15, 2009 - 7:30 – 8:30 AM                      the legacy of Mercy Vocational High School—its students,         of their investment in MVHS students whose success
                                                            faculty, alumni and people they impact—lives on for years        ultimately impacts this region’s economic development.
 Mercy Vocational High School                               to come. By remembering us in your will or other estate                        FO UND I NG M EM B ERS:
 McShain Auditorium                                         planning vehicles, you can have an enormous impact                    Barbara R. Kahn and Charles Kahn, Jr.: Chairs
 2900 W. Hunting Park Avenue                                on the ability of Mercy Vocational to prosper and thrive                             James F. Barr
 Philadelphia, PA 19129-1803                                for decades.                                                               Anna May and Joseph G. Tropiano

                                           MERCy VOCaTiONaL HiGH sCHOOL BOaRD OF TRUsTEEs                           MERCy VOCaTiONaL HiGH sCHOOL aDVaNCEMENT COMMiTTEE
                                                       JOSEPH J. PISTONE. CHAIR                                                   JAMES J. WHITE, IV, CHAIR

                           Sister Theresa Agliardi, RSM    Sister Rosemary Herron, RSM     Richard C. Swanson            Janet L. Bonenberger           Timothy Lynch
                           Sister Janet C. Baker, RSM      Charles Kahn, Jr.               Daniel P. Walsh               James J. Connor                Joseph W. (Chip) Marshall III
                           Janet L. Bonenberger            Renato M. Lajara                Herb Young                    Joseph A. DiAngelo, Jr.        Owen McGirr
                           Nicholas J. Caramenico          Rev. Msgr. Stephen P. McHenry                                 Christopher J. Dunton          Robert M. Melchionni
                           James J. Clearkin, III          Charlley M. Moore                                             William J. Fink                William F. O’Donnell
                           Joseph C. Doyle                 Sister Ann O’Connell, RSM                                     Catherine Glatts               Joseph J. Pistone
                           Joseph A. DiAngelo, Jr.         Loretta T. Ross                                               Irene Horstmann Hannan         Sister Marianna Walsh, RSM
                           Sister Suzanne Gallagher, RSM   John Sasso                                                    Sister Rosemary Herron, RSM    Gerald Watson
                                                                                                                         Barbara Kahn
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PA Educational Tax Credit (EITC) Program

                                                              Instead of paying up to $200,000 of Pennsylvania state taxes, eligible corporations may opt under the EITC
                                                              Program to earmark this tax liability to Mercy Vocational High School (MVHS), which is an approved EITC schol-
                                                              arship organization, and receive a tax credit. Entities eligible to apply for EITC are businesses authorized to do
                                                              business in Pennsylvania that are subject to the following taxes: Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Franchise
                                                              Tax, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax, Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax, Insurance Premiums Tax or Mutual
                                                              Thrift Institutions Tax.
                                                              Tax credits reduce the actual tax bill opposed to charitable deductions that reduce the amount of the corporation’s
                                                              taxable income. A tax credit of 75% of Pennsylvania State Taxes is granted for a one year commitment. A 90% tax
                                                              credit is granted for a two year commitment. The maximum is $200,000 per year per corporation. All donations up
                                                              to the maximum amount are accepted.
                                                              EITC is a win-win situation, for regional corporations and for MVHS. Corporations can direct a part of their tax bill
                                                              to charity and MVHS can fund tuition for students who otherwise would not be able to benefit from the vocational
                                                              training and life lessons they will learn at Mercy Vocational High School. Funds from EITC go directly to the fami-
                                                              lies’ portion of school tuition. Almost 60% of Mercy’s student population comes from low-income households.
                                                              Thus the need for tuition assistance grows every year.
                                                              Applying is easy: a one page application is all that is needed to apply to the state for tax credits through the EITC
                                                              program. Once a confirmation letter is received from the state, a corporation has sixty days to make its donation.
                                                              Businesses can then earmark their donation to MVHS.
                                                              EITC applications are accepted all year round and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Renewal
                                                              applications for businesses should be submitted beginning May 15, 2009 and new applications are due on July 1,
                                                              2009. More information can be found at:
                                                              MVHS encourages businesses to consult a tax advisor in order to maximize the benefits of the EITC program.
                                                              During the 2007-2008 school year, Mercy Vocational High School received $182,000 in EITC support and offered
                                                              tuition assistance to 159 families.
                                                              If you have further questions or would like more information, please contact Linda Leighbody, Director of
                                                              Advancement, at 215-226-1225, Ext. 146.

 $25,000 – $50,000                          $5,000 – $24,999                  UP TO $5,000
 Bayada Nurses (through BLOCS*)             ACE INA                           Merrill Lynch
 Harleysville National Bank                 Firstrust Savings Bank            R-Way Gasket & Supply Company
 JJ White Incorporated (through BLOCS*)     Sovereign Bancorp                 Wilkie Lexus
                                            Sovereign Securities
                                                                              For more information, contact
                                            Wilmington Trust of PA
                                                                              Linda E. Leighbody, Director of
                                                                              Advancement at (215) 226-1225 x146
  * BLOCS = Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools

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Grants & Gifts
              to Mercy Vocational High School

 The Mission Possible: The Annual Fund for Mercy Vocational High School allows Mercy to support day-to-day
 programs and initiatives—technology, vocational and academic education, building and grounds, faculty salaries
 and benefits, and community service. By contributing to the Mission Possible Fund, the donors listed below
 enabled us to bridge the gap between the $5,055 tuition for school year 2007-2008 and the actual cost of
 educating each student—$10,500.
 Every tax-deductible dollar given to the Mission Possible Fund has a direct and lasting impact on Mercy students
 and teachers. Without these gifts, the future carpenters, nursing assistants, chefs, administrative assistants,
 computer technicians, electricians and cosmetologists that Mercy trains can not achieve the promise of education,
 empowerment and employment.

 CIRCLE OF MERCY SOCIETY                MERCY SPIRIT SOCIETY                     Ms. Regina M. Lyons
 Gifts of $25,000 - $49,999             Gifts up to $999                         Mr. and Mrs. Francis L. McIntyre, Jr.
                                                                                 Mrs. Elizabeth McKay
 Anonymous                              Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Angiolillo
                                                                                 Mr. and Mrs. William Melchionni, Sr.
 The JDB Fund                           Church of Saint Michael
                                                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Melcher
 The Lenfest Foundation                   the Archangel
                                                                                 Mr. Timothy J. Moynahan &
                                        Mr. and Mrs. Brendan J. Clearkin, Sr.
 MERCY SHIELD SOCIETY                                                              Ms. Melva M. Exner
                                        Mr. and Mrs. James J. Clearkin, III
                                                                                 Sister Marie O’Hara, RSM
 Gifts of $5,000 - $24,999              Mr. Joseph P. Clearkin
                                                                                 Our Mother of Good Counsel Church
                                        Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Clearkin
 Mr. and Mrs. Laurence P. Genuardi                                               Kathleen Owens, Ph.D.
                                        Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Curry, Jr.
 Mr. Michael F. Green &                                                          Mr. and Mrs. Bryan J. Pini
                                        Rev. Paul DiGirolamo
   Ms. Deborah Dorsey                                                            Mr. David Roarty
                                        DN Supply Corporation
 Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hallinan                                                   Mr. and Mrs. Dale A. Roy
                                        Michael P. Donnelly Roofing Co., Inc.
 Intech Construction Inc.                                                        Sacred Heart Church
                                        Mary E. Eberhard
 Mr. Robert N. Masucci                                                           Saint Martin DePorres Church
                                        Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Foster
                                                                                 Ms. Patricia M. Schreiber
 MAROON & GOLD SOCIETY                  Ms. Martha C. Garvin
                                                                                 Schubert, Bellwoar,
 Gifts of $1,000 - $4,999               Ms. Maryann J. Gillespie
                                                                                   Cahill & Quinn P.C.
 Irwin & Leighton, Inc.                 Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Haas
                                                                                 Target Stores
 Wm. J. Donovan Co.                     Henkels & McCoy, Inc.
                                                                                 Dr. and Mrs. Stanley J. Travis, Jr.
 Most Rev. Martin N.                    Mr. and Mrs. Christian M. Hensler, Sr.
                                                                                 Dr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Weidig
   Lohmuller, DD, JCD                   Mr. Thomas F. Jennings &
                                                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Welde
 Mr. and Mrs. J. Edmund Mullin            Ms. Deborah Naulty-Jennings
                                                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. White
 Richard J. Seltzer, Inc.               Kampus Klothes
 Tasty Baking Foundation                Mr. George Kane
                                        Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kirby                (List not complete)
 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Waninger
 XLE Metals, Inc.                       Dr. and Mrs. Michael A. Kirchhoff
                                        Sister Maria del Carmen, RSM
                                        Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Leis

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Grants & Gifts
               to Mercy Vocational High School

REsTRiCTED GRaNTs aND GiFTs                              $2,000 — Giovannone Family Foundation — Strategic            Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kahn, Jr. — funded Strings for School
The following grants and gifts were given to Mercy                Planning funding                                    Mr. Jeffrey C. Kahn — supported Junior Biz Challenge
Vocational High School to support specific programs in   $1,500 — Mr. and Mrs. William J. Fink - Strategic Planning   Sister Mercedes McCann, RSM — Strategic
need:                                                             funding                                             Planning funding
$130,000 — Philadelphia Health Care Trust — for the                                                                   Mr. and Mrs. Owen E. McGirr — supported Junior
                                                         $1,500 — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Melchionni — provided
           Nursing Assistant Training Program                                                                         Biz Challenge
                                                                  emergency assistance during the Christmas
                                                                  Season                                              Mr. Richard L. McMonigle and Ms. Kathleen Chancler —
$50,000 — Mr. and Mrs. John T. Sasso— for the 2008
                                                                                                                      supported Operation Katrina
          MVHS Career Showcase video                     $1,000 — American Freedom Assurance, Inc. — supported
                                                                                                                      Mr. and Mrs. Robert Melchionni — supported Junior
$50,000 — Maguire Foundation and Philadelphia                     Frannie’s Breakfast Club
                                                                                                                      Biz Challenge
          Insurance Companies — for the Business         $1,000 — Mr. and Mrs. Frank Palopoli— supported Junior       Mittleman Eye Center — supported Operation Katrina
          Education Program                                       Biz Challenge                                       Ms. Janice Pantano — supported Operation Katrina
$25,000 — The Patricia Kind Family Foundation —                                                                       Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Paramito — supported
                                                         GiFTs UP TO $999
          partial funding for full-time Social Worker                                                                 Operation Katrina
                                                         Mr. and Mrs. James E. Brown, Jr. — supported
$17,000 — The Love of Christ Foundation — funded         Operation Katrina                                            Phelan, Hallinan, & Schmieg, LLP — supported Junior
          2008 Operation Katrina Trip                                                                                 Biz Challenge
                                                         Mr. and Mrs. James J. Clearkin, III — Strategic
                                                         Planning funding                                             Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers
$10,000 — The Beneficial Foundation — partial funding
                                                                                                                      Association — funded a green project
          for the new MVHS van                           Mr. and Mrs. James Duffy — James J. and Elizabeth
                                                         M. Duffy Memorial Award for 2008 graduate                    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Pistone — supported Junior
$10,000 — Genuardi Family Foundation — partial                                                                        Biz Challenge
          funding for full-time Social Worker            Mr. and Mrs. George W. Edwards — supported
                                                         Operation Katrina                                            Ms. Patricia H. Reilly — supported Operation Katrina
$10,000 — PECO — for the Electricity Shop                                                                             Mr. and Mrs. Laurence A. Ross — supported Junior
                                                         Mr. and Mrs. Brian R. Elias — supported Frannie’s
$5,536 — Mr. and Mrs. T. Roderick Henkels - partial      Breakfast Club                                               Biz Challenge
         funding for the new MVHS van                    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fox — Timothy Fox Graduation             Mr. and Mrs. Laurence A. Ross — supported Frannie’s
                                                         Award for 2008                                               Breakfast Club
$5,000 — Anonymous— partial funding for the new
                                                         Sister Suzanne Gallagher, RSM — Strategic                    Staples, Inc. — supported Operation Katrina
         MVHS van
                                                         Planning funding                                             Mr. and Mrs. William L. Stulginsky — supported
$5,000 — Bonenberger-Stainsby Charitable — Strategic                                                                  Operation Katrina
                                                         Joseph Giannone, Inc. — supported Operation Katrina
         Planning funding
                                                         Mr. Edward F. Giletti — for the Cabinet Making               Sister Margaret Taylor, RSM — Strategic Planning funding
$5,000 — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kahn, Jr. — Strategic      Carpentry Shop                                               Temple University Health System — funded microscopes
         Planning funding                                                                                             for the Science department
                                                         Mr. Michael F. Green and Ms. Deborah E. Dorsey —
$5,500 — Anonymous — “Fall Between the Cracks” Fund      supported Junior Biz Challenge                               Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Vannicola — supported Frannie’s
                                                         Mr. and Mrs. James B. Haley, Jr. — MVHS Boys’ Soccer         Breakfast Club
$4,000 — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kahn, Jr. — funded
                                                         team shirts and shin guards                                  Ms. Patricia R. Walsh — supported Operation Katrina
         sophomore field trip to Holocaust Museum
                                                         Sister Rosemary Herron, RSM — Strategic                      Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Welde — supported Junior
$2,500 — The O’Donnell Family Foundation — Strategic                                                                  Biz Challenge
                                                         Planning funding
         Planning funding
                                                         Mr. and Mrs. Randall T. Jones — supported Frannie’s          Ms. Beth A. Wolfe — supported Operation Katrina
$2,220 — Anonymous — Christmas gifts for needy           Breakfast Club                                               Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Zadlo — supported Junior
         families                                                                                                     Biz Challenge

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 MEMORiaLs                                                 TRiBUTEs
 Memorial donations offer a very meaningful way to         The lives of alumni, parents, students, present/former       Ms. Jean B. Meyers
 honor family members and friends. These contributions     faculty and other members of the Mercy Vocational family        given in honor of Barbara R. and Charles Kahn,
 not only provide critical financial support to the pro-   may be honored through tribute gifts. Consider celebrat-        Jr.’s wedding anniversary
 grams at Mercy Vocational High School, but also serve     ing a holiday or an important occasion such as a birthday,
                                                                                                                        Mr. and Mrs. William P. Melchionni
 as a lasting remembrance of loved ones.                   anniversary, graduation or marriage with a gift to Mercy
                                                                                                                        given in honor of Jeanne and Robert Melchionni
                                                           Vocational High School in the name of a loved one.
 In Memory of Stella J. Skiendzielewski Miller:
                                                                                                                        Mr. and Mrs. Sean Rocks
    Ms. Stephanie Kaminski                                 Sister Theresa Agliardi, RSM
                                                                                                                            given in loving memory of Brian Rocks
    Mr. and Mrs. Herman B. Kordey                              given in loving memory of Sister Brigid Ounan, RSM
    Mr. and Mrs. John J. McColgan                                                                                       GiFTs iN KiND
                                                           Ms. Ann Ambrogi
    Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Meyers                                                                                      A gift-in-kind is a donation of goods or services or
                                                              given in honor of J. Mark Baiada’s 60th birthday
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Miller                                                                                       a contribution in any form other than cash or check.
    Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Mitchell, Jr.                Ms. Ann Ambrogi
                                                                                                                        During the 2007-2008 fiscal year, Mercy Vocational
    Northampton Township Board of Supervisors                 given in honor of Ann Baiada’s 60th birthday
                                                                                                                        was the grateful beneficiary of gifts in kind from the
    Ms. Inez Recupido                                      Mr. and Mrs. J. Mark Baiada                                  following individuals and businesses:
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Skiendzielewski                    given in honor of Margie Milstein and Walter Ferst
    Ms. Frances Skiendzielewski                                                                                         Anonymous
    Mr. Frank J. Skiendzielewski                           Michael B. Bongiovanni, M.D.                                 A.T. Chadwick Company, Inc.
    Ms. Valerie Skiendzielewski                               given in loving memory of Carmeline Bongiovanni           Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cohen
    TelTechCommunications Services, Inc.                      and James Schleif                                         Dairyland Ice Cream
    Dr. and Mrs. Stenley Travis, Jr.                       Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Broderick                             ECBM
    Mr. James L. Waters and Ms. Ann T. Seglin                  given in honor of Frannie & Jim Maguire’s 50th           Mr. and Mrs. James B. Haley, Jr.
    Mr. and Mrs. James J. Waters, Jr.                          wedding anniversary                                      Hospice and Homecare Foundation
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Welsh                                                                                        Intech Construction Company
                                                           Bud’s Auto Repair                                            Klein Tools
    Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. Wilkinson
                                                             given in loving memory of Bud Michini, Sr.                 Klover Contracting, Inc.
    Mr. and Mrs. William Wright
                                                           Sister Kathleen Duffy, RSM                                   Linton’s Managed Services
 In Memory of Anna May Tropiano:                                                                                        Maguire Foundation
                                                               given in loving memory of Sister Michael Mary, RSM
    Mr. Zenaide Cacia                                                                                                   Peirce-Phelps, Inc.
    Ms. Margarita Carlino                                  Dr. John J. Fitzgerald, III and Dr. Georgia Crozier
                                                                                                                        Mr. and Mrs. John T. Sasso
    Mr. Margaert Cauvin                                        given in honor of Sister Rosemary Herron, RSM
    Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Celona                           Mr. William J. Gioioso and Ms. Mary Duffy                    Mr. Christopher Solarski
    Ms. Laura R. Dordick, C.P.A                                given in loving memory of Irene Masucci                  Sysco Food Services of Philadelphia, LLC
    Mr. and Mrs. Kevin P. Gilboy
    Ms. Janet K. Harvey                                    Sister Rosemary Herron, RSM
    Mr. and Mrs. John E. Hillman                               given in loving memory of Msgr. Thomas J. Herron
    Mr. R. Bruce Hogan and Ms. Dyanne J. Ferk              The Lizzul Family
    Ms. Diane E. Holloway                                     given in honor of Mrs. J. Lucian Lizzul’s 85th birthday
    Lady Liberty Transportation Co., Inc
                                                           Ms. Helen M. Mack
    Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Lehman, Jr.
                                                              given in loving memory of Maureen Gallagher
    Mr. Leonard Brian Marinaccio
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Martell                            Ms. Joan W. Mackie
    P.A. Post Agency, LLC                                     given in loving memory of Sister Catherine
    Park Avenue Luxury Limousine, Inc.                        FitzPatrick, RSM
    Mr. and Mrs. William L. O’Connor                       Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. McLaughlin
    Siana, Carr, & O’Connor, LLP                               given in honor of Barbara R. and Charles Kahn, Jr.
    Mr. and Mrs. John W. Sims
    Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Skala
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Fund                        for Mercy Families
                                                                                                                        CasE HisTORy
                                                                                                                        The goal of the Fund for Mercy Families is to provide
                                                                                                                        the families of prospective and current students with
                                                                                                                        financial assistance so that they can enjoy a quality
                                                                                                                        education at Mercy and look forward to a hopeful future.
Our new EACH ONE | REACH ONE initiative clarifies for        generous support. The donors to this Fund may elect to     Because it is important that families feel they are invest-
                                                                                                                        ing in the education of their students, all parents and
current and prospective donors the multiple ways under       receive letters and regular updates about their students
                                                                                                                        guardians pay a portion of the tuition to the school. Some
one umbrella that they can support MVHS students.            and share in their progress as they discover and explore   students need almost the entire amount of tuition due to
These streams for tuition assistance include: Connelly       the opportunities available to them at MVHS.               their families’ low-income levels, while others need tuition
Scholarships, Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)                                                                 stipends to augment their family incomes. Often the
Program and BLOCS (Business Leaders Organized for            $25,000 and above                                          recipients of this program face multiple challenges that
Catholic Education), the Charles E. Ellis Trust, the Fund                                                               give new meaning to the term “at risk.”
                                                             Mr. and Mrs. Robert Melchionni
for Mercy Families, and Mercy Grants. The Fund for Mercy                                                                MaUREEN—CLass OF 2009
Families remains one of the most popular ways to help        $10,000 aND aBOVE                                          Maureen is a 17-year-old senior at Mercy Vocational High
provide students with the means to a quality education       Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation                            School who is being raised by her paternal grandmother.
and a hopeful future. Money gifted in one fiscal year is     The Nelson Foundation                                      Maureen was raised by her biological mother until she was
designated to students for the following fiscal year.                                                                   four; her father has been “in and out” of Maureen’s life.
                                                             $8,000 aND aBOVE                                           Due to multiple issues, custody was given to the grand-
This plan allows the Advancement Office to advise the
                                                                                                                        parents. Maureen’s grandfather died of cancer the summer
Admissions Office about the actual monies received in        Anonymous
                                                                                                                        before Maureen entered Mercy. Her grandmother is under
FY 09 for this fund. Mercy Vocational High School is         Paul E. Kelly Foundation                                   medical care for heart problems.
grateful for donors’ flexibility in allowing our staff to    Mr. Gerald Watson
                                                                                                                        The neighborhood Maureen lives in has a history of
determine the number of students who may benefit                                                                        violence: in Maureen’s sophomore year at Mercy, her
                                                             $4,000 aND aBOVE
from the Fund for Mercy Families tuition assistance.                                                                    15-year-old cousin was murdered. There was a band of
                                                             The Brady Foundation                                       girls who preyed on youth as they traveled to and from
The Admissions Office’s job grows increasingly more          Mr. and Mrs. William J. Devlin, Jr.                        school. Maureen, herself, had difficulty handling conflict:
difficult each year since so many of our families qualify    Mr. and Mrs. Laurence P. Genuardi                          she had numerous run-ins with peers and many media-
for tuition assistance. Presently over 60 percent of our     Ms. Alice Niles                                            tions took place in-school to resolve the conflicts. Maureen
students come from families with incomes at or below the     The Pistone Family Foundation, Inc.                        had to attend a summer program at Mercy to learn health-
poverty level and all of our students receive some sort of                                                              ier ways of dealing with her own anger and frustrations.
financial assistance.                                        $1,000 aND aBOVE                                           Mercy’s guidance staff was able to enroll Maureen in an
                                                                                                                        eight-week anger management group and attend weekly
The cost of educating each student at Mercy Vocational       Ms. Mary Sullivan DeCervantes                              counseling provided by Elwyn, Inc. here at MVHS.
High School is approximately $10,500 each year, but          Ms. Catherine M. Glatts
                                                                                                                        Now a senior cosmetology student, Maureen has matured
we ask parents to contribute only $5,255 in tuition to       Caroline J. Sanders Trust #2
                                                                                                                        and is motivated to obtain her cosmetology license. She
accommodate the financial constraints our families           Toyota Motors Sales, USA, Inc.                             plans on attending Community College of Philadelphia to
experience. All financial assistance goes towards the                                                                   take business courses; her long-term goal is to own her
                                                             UP TO $500                                                 own salon one day!
families’ portion of the tuition.
                                                             Sister Theresa Agliardi, RSM
The positive outcomes of Mercy students upon gradua-                                                                    Maureen is very personable, outgoing and generous
                                                             Ms. Diana Brennan
                                                                                                                        with her time. She is on Student Council, is a member
tion show that their experience at the school develops       Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Brennan                            of Mercy’s basketball team and also participates in a
them into responsible and productive adults who are well     Mr. and Mrs. Martin F. Corcoran, in honor of               neighborhood drill team. She is a resilient young lady who
prepared to enter the workforce.                               Theresa & Martin Corcoran                                attributes her success to the support she has received at
                                                             Immaculate Heart of Mary Church                            Mercy Vocational High School.
The following benefactors made a direct impact on
the lives of one or more students and their families         Sister Mary H. Jakubowski, RSM                             Without Mercy Vocational High School’s education sub-
by contributing to the Fund for Mercy Families. Many         Mr. William J. Juliano                                     sidy, Maureen would never be able to attend Mercy. More
                                                             Ms. Patricia M. Lampert, CFP®                              importantly, Maureen acknowledges that without Mercy’s
Philadelphia-area students whose educational needs are
                                                             St. Matthias Church                                        Guidance Department’s going the extra mile to help her,
best served by Mercy’s integrated academic/vocational                                                                   she most certainly would not be where she is today.
program would have been unable to enroll without their       Mr. and Mrs. William McLaughlin, in honor of
                                                               James J. White, IV                                       Maureen is just one of 400 examples of how sponsors
                                                                                                                        change a life by supporting The Fund for Mercy Families.

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                                                    Mercy Vocational High School
                                                                       FINANCIAL REPORT
                                                                          2 0 07- 2 0 0 8

            WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM                                                WHERE THE MONEY GOES

                                                                                                 Plant Operations & Maint.
                           Sisters of Mercy Endowment
                                        PA Convention Center
Benefactors                  6% 5%            Connelly Endowment                                 6%
                                          4%         Sisters of Mercy
                22%                                  Contributed         School Expenses   20%
                                            6%       Services

                                                                         Administration    7%
                                            27%        Investment
                                                       Income (loss)

                  27%                                                                               67%
   Net Tuition*
                                   Other revenue                                                    Salaries and Benefits

     * Net Tuition and Fees reflects the tuition funds collected
       by MVHS after scholarship and financial aid.
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                              Mercy Vocational High School
                              2900 West Hunting Park Avenue

           MISSION POSSIBLE   Philadelphia, PA 19129-1803

                                  At Mercy Vocational
                                  High School, our
                                  MISSION is to
                                  educate tomorrow’s
                                  workforce today.

                                  Mercy makes it
                                  POSSIBLE for
                                  businesses to
                                  attract and retain
                                  the city’s next
                                  generation of
                                  skilled workers
                                  from every Mercy
                                  graduating class.

                              each one reach one
                              Investing in Students… Launching Careers

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