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Rising to the Challenge 2021 online fundraiser

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The College’s upcoming fundraising event, Rising to the Challenge, will celebrate Landmark College students’ achievements and raise funds needed to educate current and future students.

The online program will include video remarks from Landmark College students, special guests, and a live fund-a-need auction. You can also participate separately or in addition to the main event by supporting the Colleges’ 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction.

Special Guest and LD Luminary Award recipient—Al Roker

Al Roker publicity photo
Al Roker, Emmy award-winning host and weatherman for NBC News’ “TODAY.”

Rising to the Challenge Online Fundraiser: will occur on Thursday, April 29, 2021, 8:15 – 9:15 p.m. ET. Online event registration and sponsorship opportunities are open now until April 22.

Rising to the Challenge: 50/50 Raffle is open now and will close on April 29, 2021, at 6 p.m. ET.

The Rising to the Challenge: Silent Auction is now open until April 29, 2021, at 10 p.m. ET.

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By supporting the Rising To The Challenge Event, you support students directly!

Isabella Christian Fernandez outside“My learning disability has always been a struggle throughout my academic and personal life. Before I attended Landmark College, I felt that I never truly learned. Since I arrived at Landmark, I have been surrounded by an environment that embraces learning differences; it has allowed me to learn.

My area of study at landmark is business studies to help with my future career in the arts. I want to be a photographer focusing on travel and fashion.

Access to scholarships allows me to attend Landmark College and get the specialized attention that is helping me become academically successful. I have always been driven to do well, and having less stress about financing my education allows me to focus on my schoolwork without worry.”

Isabella Cristian-Fernandez – Class of 2022


Daniel Lougan RTC“I couldn’t be more grateful to receive help in my continued growth and academic success!

I’m a bachelor of psychology student who just graduated this December! I’m looking to pursue graduate school in industrial and organizational psychology, which will allow me to research and create applications for neurodivergent individuals in the workplace. I’m 27 and have dealt with a lack of motivation towards education, so having the opportunity to get a degree means a lot. Since being at Landmark College, I have become a 4.0 student, which I couldn’t be happier about, and it inspires me to help inspire others to achieve.

I have to pay for school myself, and having any help makes me feel infinitely less anxious. I hope that moving forward; I can find ways to help other neurodivergent individuals in the future and embody the principles of the award. Thank you for helping out Landmark students, I know it means a lot to me, and I don’t doubt it will pay dividends in the future.

Daniel Lougen – Class of 2020


“Because of this scholarship it helped to clear away any worry my family or I had about being able to complete another year at Landmark College, especially after all the uncertainties my family and I had to deal with in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, so words cannot express how grateful the rest of my family and I feel knowing that I have the opportunity to continue pressuring my dreams in a place where I can receive the support and the confidence to continue pressuring it.”

Carolina Mellado – Class of 2024

Landmark College to Present Al Roker with LD Luminary Award

Al Roker Publicity PhotoMarch 23, 2021

Landmark College announced it will present Al Roker with its LD Luminary award during the “Rising to the Challenge” online fundraiser, taking place on Thursday, April 29 at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

Roker, who will provide remarks during the event, is the Emmy Award-winning weather and feature anchor of NBC News’ “TODAY Show,” as well as the cohost of the third hour of “TODAY.” He has written and spoken about his family’s journey with a child who has learning differences, noting that stigmatizing labels are frustrating because they do not convey who the whole person is.

Previous recipients of the Landmark College LD Luminary Award are Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, who discussed her lifelong struggle with dyslexia; actress, activist, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete, whose HollyRod Foundation supports families with autistic children; and New York Times bestselling author John Elder Robison—an advisor to LC’s Center for Neurodiversity—whose books detail his own neurodiversity.

Tickets for the “Rising to the Challenge” event went on sale earlier this month at In addition to Roker, the evening’s program will include stories from students, parents and faculty members about how Landmark College helps students with learning differences (such as dyslexia, ADHD, autism, or executive function challenges) achieve their academic and career goals.

Funds raised from ticket sales, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and live fund-a-need auction will help increase student access to scholarships and financial aid, and provide financial support for the College to continue to grow stronger even as it navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and demographic challenges in the Northeast.

“‘Rising to the Challenge’ had been the College’s planned 2020 New York City gala, but it was canceled last spring as the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading and public gatherings were being restricted,” says Carol Nardino, senior director of institutional advancement at LC. “We decided to hold an online event this spring to recognize and support all those who rise to the challenge every day: LC students who overcome obstacles daily; their parents and families who support them; donors, friends, corporate partners, and alumni who provide support in many ways.”

LC has held three successful fundraising galas in New York City since 2014, raising a combined total of over $2 million for various LC initiatives, including the MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center, and scholarship support for students.

Ways to Participate

  • More About the “Rising to the Challenge” Online Fundraiser

    Who: Landmark College is the college of choice for students who learn differently. Since 1985, Landmark College has been a leader in creating successful, evidence-based strategies for students with learning and attention challenges, including learning disabilities such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism.

    Al Roker publicity photo

    What: An online fundraiser for Landmark College that includes video remarks from Landmark College students, faculty, staff, special guests, and a live fund-a-need auction.

    When: Thursday, April 29, 2021, 8:15 – 9:15 p.m. (ET)

    Special Guest: Al Roker, Emmy award-winning host and weatherman for NBC News’ “TODAY.”

    Rising to the Challenge Online Fundraiser: will occur on Thursday, April 29, 2021, 8:15 – 9:15 p.m. ET. Live event registration and sponsorship opportunities are open now until April 22.

  • Raffle Ticket image

    In addition to attending our April 29 “Rising to the Challenge” online fundraiser, you can also support Landmark College by participating in our 50/50 raffle drawing. Half the proceeds go to the winner, and half goes to support Landmark College’s Annual Fund student scholarship.

    Tickets are $25 each or 6 for $100. You do not need to attend the “Rising to the Challenge” fundraiser to participate. Click the button below for more details.

  • You’re in for Some Special Treats at the Rising To The Challenge Event!

    Landmark College invites you to take a sneak peek of some of the appealing items up for bid at events online silent auction opening April!

    This year’s Silent Auction will feature over 20 unique items and services from some of the best retailers, restaurants, and businesses in southern Vermont and beyond. With getaways, dining gift cards, sporting events, and entertainment packages, there’s no doubt you’ll find something for you and everyone. Here’s a sample of the fabulous items awaiting your bid:

    • A Weeks Stay at Squam Lake—Holderness, NH
    • A Round of Golf at Ekwanok Country Club and Lunch with Bob Lewis and President Eden
    • Private Online Guided Tasting Through Napa/Sonoma Wines with Adrian Chiota ’00
    • Manhattan Harbor Cocktail Cruise
    • Vermont Getaways
    • and so much more!

    The Rising to the Challenge: Silent Auction will open Thursday, April 22, 2021, at midnight and close April 29 at 10 p.m. ET.


Carol Nardino
Senior Director of Institutional Advancement
and Special Assistant to the President
802-387-6877 or 802-387-6734

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