2013 President's Gala Media Kit
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Biography for Marie A. Batton
Notre Dame de Namur University is proud to announce the establishment of the President’s Legacy Award, which will honor extraordinary individuals whose leadership, generosity, vision and commitment to the values of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the university have made a lasting impact on the NDNU community. This prestigious award will publicly recognize individuals who understand the critical importance of providing educational access and academic excellence for all our youth and who have, through their actions and selfless giving, ensured that current and future generations of students have access to a quality education.
This year, we are excited to honor an outstanding member of the NDNU family and our Bay Area community, Marie A. Batton. Marie exemplifies the mission of Notre Dame de Namur University through her many contributions to the university as well as her distinguished history of community and civic involvement.
Marie Lo Buono Batton began her affiliation with NDNU in 1923 as a first grade student when the Sisters of Notre Dame moved the campus to Belmont from San Jose and opened both an elementary and high school in addition to a college. Through the years, Marie has been a generous benefactor of NDNU. From 2004 to 2012, Marie served as a member of the NDNU Board of Trustees and in 2003, she was honored as a member of the Leadership Society for having made lifetime gifts totaling more than $100,000. Marie embraces NDNU’s mission to provide a quality education to those students most in need. “I’m interested in students,” she says. “I would like to help them in any way that I can because we need so many good people in this world and I know they would be good people leaving NDNU.” In 2000 she established the W. F. and Marie Batton Foundation Endowed Scholarship to honor her late husband’s legacy of helping young people. Because of her generosity, future generations of students will enjoy their NDNU education with less financial stress.
Marie’s spirit of giving also extends beyond NDNU. She personally supports many community non-profit organizations, and as president and CEO of the W.F. and Marie Batton Foundation, has made substantial gifts to nonprofit organizations such as the Saint Francis Center, Sequoia Hospital, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, and Second Harvest Food Bank, just to name a few. She was an active member of the Stanford Children’s Auxiliary for many years and is also a member of the Serra Club.
A petite woman with an unassuming manner, exceptional energy, and an air of timeless elegance, Marie’s selfless philanthropy has touched the lives of countless individuals and charitable organizations throughout the Bay Area. She is a role model and an inspiration, and we are proud to honor this “exceptional NDNU Jewel” with the first Notre Dame de Namur University President’s Legacy Award.