Business associates, former coworkers and other friends of Harvest Partners chief financial officer Marc Unger have set up a website to aid their effort to raise money for a scholarship in his memory.
Unger passed away in December. You can read remembrances of Unger by his friends, peers and colleagues here.
Donations can be made on the group’s website, http://go.lehigh.edu/marcunger, (link here), which also hosts a video remembering Unger.
The group hopes to raise at least $100,000, at which level they can establish a permanent scholarship at his alma mater, Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At $250,000, the group can have a scholarship dedicated to a particular program or school within the university. Dina Colombo, partner, COO & CFO at GreyLion Capital, who is among those who are organizing the fundraising effort, says they plan to keep the website open for donations until Private Equity International’s 2021 CFOs & COOs Forum in June.
Unger was a passionate supporter of Lehigh, where his two daughters also went before embarking on their own careers in finance. He served on the Lehigh University Wall Street Council for 14 years and was a member of the Lehigh Parents’ Council for seven, spending three years as co-chair with his wife, Suzanne.
“Marc and I shared a common bond as Lehigh graduates,” says Jeff Gendel, principal at Gen II Fund Services, who is also among the group of organizing the fundraise. “We talked regularly about the timeless impact that a Lehigh education has had on our careers and I’m grateful that our community can honor Marc’s legacy through this scholarship fund.”
Separately, Harvest Partners is establishing its own scholarship in Unger’s name at Lehigh. Harvest Partners’ Tom Arenz said of Unger, “He was a consummate professional – interested first and foremost in working with his finance team to deliver the highest quality work for Harvest Partners. And he wasn’t looking for accolades, he just loved doing his best for the firm. In addition to being a trusted partner and colleague, Marc was a good friend.”