inspired to give by her community of hna alumnae
To Mary K Rauen Koon ’73, Holy Names Academy represents community—a web of deep relationships and unexpected connections, both personal and professional. Growing up in the same neighborhood as HNA meant that attending the Academy was a family affair. Mary K’s aunt graduated in the early ’40s, her cousin attended the grade school, and other family alums include cousins (’68 and ’70), her daughter and niece in the late ’90s, and a niece in 2012. Mary K’s lifelong friendships, which blossomed at the Academy, are celebrated at an annual luncheon, a tradition started their junior year. And much to her delight, Mary K has met HNA alumnae in the workplace, at PTA meetings, and at volunteer activities.
Mary K knows that it is not by coincidence that these HNA alumnae have in common a strong sense of self, leadership qualities, and a generous spirit, motivated to lead lives with purpose and integrity. These values are instilled by the Academy. Even Mary K’s aunt, Kathleen Rauen ’41, was a role model for independent women during her generation, working as a wheat buyer for General Mills in Seattle, LA, and the Bay Area. With a desire to help young women find their voice—a value Mary K cherishes about the HNA education and experience—Mary K felt compelled to deepen her philanthropic commitment to the Academy.
When her niece and goddaughter, Betsy Arntz ’99, passed away unexpectedly in 2010, Mary K established an endowment in her memory. Betsy was cut from the same HNA cloth. Intellectually curious, graceful, and kind, Betsy was dedicated to her career at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and her volunteer efforts with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Betsy’s family believes that her happiest years were spent with her friends at the Academy.
Mary K has quickly grown Betsy’s endowment through her employer’s generous charitable giving program. Not only does the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation match all Mary K’s gifts at a rate of three dollars for every one dollar contributed, it also matches her volunteer hours in the community.
As she continues to grow the Betsy Arntz ’99 Memorial Scholarship Endowment, Mary K appreciates the Academy’s continued commitment to economic diversity—a commitment that benefits the entire student body, not just those receiving financial aid, by providing opportunities for students to learn from peers with a wide range of experiences and perspectives. Through honoring her niece’s memory, Mary K looks forward to supporting generations of women leaders for years to come.
To learn more about establishing a scholarship endowment, please contact Anne Bulchis '98, Development Director, at (206) 720-7801 or email@example.com. For more information on matching gifts, please visit HNA’s website at www.holynames-sea.org/giving/matching-gifts.