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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Pennies for Martha Man? Yes, Pennies for Martha Man. The heroic (and shameless) alter ego of freshman Connor O’Sullivan took to the skies (OK, the streets) in early fall to spread the word about Berry’s Mountain Day-inspired day-of-giving campaign. Sporting the requisite mask and cape, he elicited more than a few laughs (and perhaps a few eye rolls) with a series of short videos meant to inspire others to make a gift in honor of Martha Berry’s birthday. Nearly 2,300 gifts resulted, so we can only assume his enthusiasm was contagious!

Thanks to all those who answered Pennies for Martha Man’s call to show their Berry pride by making a gift of any size! We appreciate your support AND your sense of humor! Be sure to take a moment to watch Pennies for Martha Man’s thank you video above. Other videos can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Videos: Suit Up!, Around Campus, Trick Shots, Call Center

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Alumni Council in Pennies for Martha T-Shirts

CAPTION: Berry Alumni Association President Frances Richey (83A, 87C), kneeling, and other members of the Berry Alumni Council model their 2017 “Pennies for Martha” t-shirts.

As long as there has been a Mountain Day, Berry students have been dropping pennies into the basket at the foot of Lavender Mountain – first as a birthday gift to Martha Berry and more recently to support scholarships and student work. Last year, this longstanding tradition was extended to alumni and friends through the Pennies for Martha day-of-giving campaign, and more than 2,300 in-person and online gifts resulted.

With another Mountain Day just around the corner, we hope you’ll help us build on this new tradition by making a gift of any size between now and Oct. 7. Contribute online at berry.edu/pennies for martha or, even better, in person at Mountain Day. Anyone making a gift of $10 or more will be entered in a raffle for a Pennies for Martha t-shirt.

Whether you make a gift or not, we hope you’ll keep an eye on the Pennies for Martha website for news of a rumored “super fan” who could be making an appearance in the days ahead. If the stories are true … well, you’ll have to see it to believe it.

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A year after torrential rain forced some of Berry’s most beloved traditions to be moved indoors or cancelled all together, Mountain Day returned in all of its glory in 2016. Sunny skies and beautiful fall weather were the order of the day as 6,000 students, alumni, parents, faculty/staff members and friends turned out for the annual celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday. While students enjoyed the revelry of Friday afternoon’s Mountain Day Olympics and Saturday night’s Marthapalooza carnival, alumni swapped stories and renewed friendships during the annual picnic and other events, among them a special “milestone” reception at Oak Hill for classes marking their 10th, 25th and 40th reunion years.

Other highlights included convocation remarks by Michael Maney (98C), senior director of communications for Target, and the birth of a new giving tradition rooted in a shared Mountain Day experience, Pennies for Martha. Click the links for coverage of each.

Additional coverage: Around Berry Photo Gallery

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Pennies for Martha CollageThere are few more recognizable symbols of Mountain Day than the basket at the foot of Lavender Mountain into which generations of students have tossed gifts of pennies. This year, alumni, faculty, staff and friends got into the act through Berry’s new day-of-giving program, Pennies for Martha. Volunteers donned unmistakable red t-shirts on campus and in photos shared via social media to help promote the effort, and the community responded with 2,316 in-person or online gifts totaling more than $20,000 for student work and scholarships. Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun!

To see more photos, simply click the link above and use the scroll bar in the left-hand column.


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