When Pitzer College Trustee and the inaugural Parent Leadership Council President Paula Pretlow P'08, P'14 brought her son to Pitzer College for new student week, she was hooked.
"The warmth with which I was greeted, the welcoming atmosphere that I walked into as a parent, I knew there and then I wanted to get involved. Pitzer had me at "welcome."
Paula's care and concern for Pitzer College didn't stop when her son, Neil '08, and later her daughter, Alison '14, crossed the commencement stage. The profound impact Pitzer had on her and her children made her want to contribute to the College not only in the present but beyond her lifetime. To accomplish this, Paula made a bequest of support to Pitzer College.
"I wanted to honor the difference that Pitzer has made in the lives of my children by leaving something for the College after I'm gone. I wanted to give a thank you gift," she said.
Talking about why she fell in love with Pitzer, Paula mentioned the interest with which the then-director of admission, Arnaldo Rodriguez, listened to her son's strong desire to attend and then honored that wish; she recalled the gift of mentorship given to her daughter by Alicia Bonaparte, associate professor of sociology; she reminisced about her own cherished experiences: "Working with other parents and administrators and staff to launch the Parent Leadership Council; many parent weekends and unforgettable fundraising auctions; raising scholarship funds; meeting people who have become lifelong friends. It was one great thing after another from the start."
Paula's legacy at Pitzer will carry far into the future through the impact she made as a volunteer and through her planned gift. She encourages others whose lives have been touched by the College to consider following in her footsteps.
"Just do it. It's an investment well worth making."
Contact Stephen Tanenbaum, Senior Advancement Officer, at 909.607.3731 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on bequests or to chat more about the different options for including Pitzer in your will or estate plan.