New Foley Family Crossing Connects Field to Parking
Merrimack President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. and Athletic Director Jeremy Gibson joined Vincent ’68 and Jeanne Foley Jr. in dedicating the new Foley Family Crossing that connects foot traffic through the woods between Martone-Mejail Field and parking lot K on campus.
“I want to thank you for this beautiful new crossing,” Hopey said. “The official opening of the Foley Family Crossing creates the new gateway to our athletic district and our campus.”
In addition to a substantial financial gift to name the bridge and ongoing support for Merrimack athletics, the Foleys’ contributions to the college includes scholarship relief for students from Vin Foley’s hometown of Lawrence, Mass.
The naming of the wood crossing was a touching gesture by the college, said Foley Family patriarch Vincent Foley. His collegiate days include some of his happiest days, such as playing flag football with friends.
“It’s a very humbling experience, as you can imagine, for me,” he said.
He offered advice to the gathering that witnessed the ceremony. Actions can have rewards or consequences on others that aren’t always anticipated so it’s important to think through decisions, Foley said. Being a benefactor to Merrimack has been a good decision.
“When you do things in life, be aware of how you impact other people,” he said.
“Merrimack has created a culture where everyone is connected and we are all working together to achieve a positive outcome,” said Richard Gallant, a member of the College Leadership Committee and vice chairman of the athletic initiative for the Together for Good campaign.
The Foley family’s generous contributions to Merrimack College have supported the Together for Good campaign. In the fall of 2016, Merrimack publicly launched the historic campaign to fund priorities identified in the college’s strategic plan, the Agenda for Distinction. With an ambitious goal of $50 million – the largest fundraising effort in the college’s history – the campaign is on pace to surpass the mark by the time it concludes next fall.