March Madness 2017

Class of ’78 Wins VMA March Madness!

Thank you to all our generous alumnae who supported Villa Maria and its mission!

'78 wins VMA March Madness

It was a close race, but the Class of 1978 has defeated last year’s champion Class of 1997 to win the Homecoming hospitality tent. A very impressive 81.03% of the class donated to the Villa Fund this fiscal year, edging out Class of 1997’s equally impressive 74.07%.

Thank you to all our alumnae, who together have raised $25,000! This amount is generously matched by Eustace and Sue Devine Mita ’73, for a total of $50,000, so every gift is a winner.

Final Standings

60s & 70s

ʼ78 — 81.03%


ʼ85 — 27.78%


ʼ97 — 74.07%

00s & 10s

ʼ00 — 24.14%

Your Gift Makes a Difference

The educational experience offered at Villa Maria Academy is exceptional in large part because of annual contributions that sustain innovative programs and traditions, invest in students and faculty, keep us competitive with technological advancements, and maintain and enhance our facilities. Gifts to the Villa Fund support virtually every aspect of student life and make an immediate and limitless impact on the school. We thank you most sincerely for your support.

Key Dates and Rules

  • March 9th- Villa announces March Madness via email and social media.
  • March 16th – Contest opens. Contact your classmates and ask them to donate.
  • March 24th – Elite Eight classes are posted in the bracket.
  • March 27th – Final Four classes are posted.
  • April 4th – March Madness Champion Class is named.
  • The class with the highest percentage of donors will win our 2017 March Madness competition. Participation — not dollar amount — is what counts for the win!
  • The winning class gets its own private hospitality tent — with food and beverages — for Villa Maria’s Homecoming celebration on October 7, 2017.

Get in the Game

All donations made during March Madness, March 16 – April 3, will be generously matched by Eustace and Sue Devine Mita ’73. Give to Villa to get in the game AND double your donation.

Participation — Not Dollar Amount — Wins the Game

Villa Maria is running an Alumnae March Madness tournament of giving to boost support for the school and keep our valued alumnae involved. The winning class will be the one with the highest rate of participation in the Villa Fund, VMA’s annual fund.

Why Participation Rate?

Alumnae donor participation at Villa Maria is an important benchmark of internal support. We report giving by all different constituencies when we apply for grants or when we are engaging new donors. If the alumnae are not invested, it is hard to encourage others to invest.

Class Prize
  • The winning class will have their own hospitality tent at Villa Maria’s Homecoming celebration on October 7, 2017.

Rules of the Game

  1. Only the participation rate matters. The amount of money raised is not a factor in the contest, so all classes can participate equally, including those just starting out in the work world.
  2. All alumnae who have already given for fiscal year 2016-17 are counted with their respective class. These donations determine a class’ starting participation percentage.
  3. Minimum donation to be eligible is $20.
  4. We encourage online donations but mailed donations are gratefully accepted as well.
  5. No one donor or group of donors can donate on behalf of an entire class.

March Madness 2016 winners from the Class of 1997

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