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New Orleans donor issues $100,000 challenge for Loyola's historic Faith in the Future campaign

October 28, 2014

On the heels of Loyola University New Orleans’ recently launched $100 million Faith in the Future campaign—the largest campaign in the university’s history—one local donor is issuing a personal challenge to fund scholarships for the next generation of New Orleans lawyers and other legal professionals. Community activist Anne Gauthier has committed to giving $100,000 to the Loyola College of Law if 200 law alumni join her as donors before Dec. 31. The challenge is inspired by her father Lloyd Barrios, who attended Loyola; her late husband Wendell Gauthier, J.D. ’70, and their daughter Celeste Gauthier, J.D. ’95, who are both graduates of Loyola’s College of Law; and daughter Cherie Gauthier, who is a current political science student at Loyola.

That strong link between Loyola and the Gauthier family’s history of generosity to the community is not a coincidence, according to Anne.

“I think that students very quickly begin to understand when they enter this campus that they have become a member of the family of Loyola. Wendell was a good, successful lawyer. He knew if it hadn’t been for his Loyola law degree, he would not have ever gotten to where he was. It was important for him to give back so that others behind him had the opportunities he had,” Gauthier said.

Motivated by Wendell’s generosity and this year’s Centennial celebration of the College of Law, Gauthier is not only encouraging alumni, parents and friends of Loyola to give back to the university that she holds so dear, but is also setting a personal example to show her commitment to the future of Loyola.

Funds will be used to support scholarships and the creation of the Center for Law Practice Readiness, which will help to ensure that Loyola law students receive an outstanding Jesuit legal education that prepares them to thrive professionally, even in a very competitive job market.

“The law faculty has a great strategic plan to address changes in the world around us, and this center is a key way to take existing programs, add new ones, and change the future of Loyola Law graduates for the better,” said College of Law Dean María Pabón López, J.D.

“The impact goes beyond even those students—to the clients who will benefit from those future lawyers’ services, but also the broader community, which is enriched by the Loyola attorneys who have been steeped in the deep Jesuit tradition of academic rigor, pursuit of justice and service to others.”

Gauthier also serves as a campaign co-chair and Loyola board of trustee member as well as a trustee of the Wendell & Anne Gauthier Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that gives in the areas of music, visual arts and Catholic education.

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