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Donor Spotlight: Colin '92 and Colleen '95 McLane

Colin '92 and Colleen '95 McLane

Colin '92 and Colleen '95 McLane

Aug 19, 2013

Throughout Flynn Fund Appreciation Week, the Flynn Fund office will be spotlighting a different BC Athletics donor. Today's donor spotlight focuses on Colin '92 and Colleen '95 McLane of Rye, New York. The student-athletes, coaches and administration at Boston College are so grateful to the McLanes for their generosity and support. Since graduating from BC, the McLanes have given back nearly every year and have designated their annual gifts to the Flynn Fund, allowing BC Athletics to utilize their gifts to serve the greatest current needs of the student-athletes.

Colin was a four-year starter and captain of the varsity lacrosse team and set the school record for career goals scored as a student-athlete at the Heights. In his senior year, he was invited to participate in the North/South All-America Game, as well as the New England All-Star Game. He met the former Colleen Mara during their years at the Heights and they are currently raising three children - Maddie (14), Liam (11) and Colin (9) - all of whom they hope will be future Eagles! Although Colin and Colleen raise their family in New York, they continue to remain close to their alma mater through their involvement with the Flynn Fund, various alumni activities and attending home football, hockey and basketball games.

The Flynn Fund recently had an opportunity to connect with Colin and Colleen about their BC and Flynn Fund experiences. Take a look at some of their comments below:

Please share one of your most memorable experiences as a Boston College student.
I remember the day the 1989-90 BC Hockey team dominated Minnesota and went on to the Frozen Four in Detroit. Like today, that team was packed with great hockey players and guys who remain close friends of ours today. Marty McInnis, Steve Heinz, Joe Cleary (RIP), Jason Rathbone, Dave Franzosa and Greg Brown to name a few.

Why do you feel it is important to support BC Athletics?
I feel it is important to support BC Athletics because there is no better feeling than wearing a Boston College jersey and playing for an institution with great tradition and history. I will always remember the awesome sense of pride I had when wearing "Boston College" across my chest. It was amazing being part of an athletic community that was much bigger than any one person or sport. Colleen and I choose to support BC Athletics because we hope that many more young student-athletes have the honor of wearing Boston College on their jersey.

To what designation did you choose to give and why?
We support the general Flynn Fund because, regardless of the sport, being a varsity athlete at Boston College is an amazing privilege and the leadership of BC Athletics is most informed as to the needs of our athletes.

How would you like to see your gift impact today's generation of BC students?
We would like today's generation of BC students to have the best facilities available, helping them compete at the highest level in every sport BC competes.

With so many great charitable organizations you could choose to support, why do you include BC among your philanthropic priorities?
Colleen and I are committed to helping organizations and institutions that have made a difference in our lives. Boston College provided us with an excellent education and was a place where we made friendships that have and will last a lifetime. We are very lucky and honored to be able to give back and make sure other student-athletes have the opportunity to follow in my footsteps of having a world class education and play varsity sports in a school rich with tradition.

What would you say to a friend who was considering joining the Flynn Fund?
Get involved! It's a great community to be part of.

What are you most looking forward to in 2013-14 season?
I am really looking forward to following all BC sports and to watch the positive impact that Brad Bates and his team will have on our teams. Most importantly, I am looking forward to watching my nephew, Patrick Brown, who is the captain of this year's hockey team lead BC to another National Championship.

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