In 1989, one year after graduation, Anthony Drago ’88 made
his first gift to The Fund for Western New England University
in support of the School of Law. “When I graduated and
started practicing law, I quickly realized that I learned a lot
at Western New England,” says Anthony.
“The professors had prepared me to think like an attorney
and gave me the tools to be effective at my work,” he says.
“Thanks to the proper education I received at Western New
The Fund for Western New England University is the
England University, I am able to solve problems quickly and
Since then, Anthony has been a loyal donor to The Fund
for Western New England University. “I support the School
of Law financially on a consistent basis because the educa-
tion I received made me who I am today,” he says. “I try to
remember that without my education, I would not be where
I am now. I like to give back to my alma maters so I can
help others reach their goals in life.” Today, Anthony lives
in Wakefield, MA, with his wife, Deirdre, daughter, Darcy,
and son, Tyler, and works as an immigration lawyer. His
firm, Anthony Drago, Jr. P.C. is a Boston-based multiservice
law firm providing legal services in all areas of U.S. Immi-
foundation of the School of Law’s fundraising efforts.
By making a gift to The Fund, alumni like Anthonly become
partners in educating the next generation of Western New
England University lawyers.
Unrestricted gifts to the School of Law’s greatest need
designation are crucial. Gifts to this designation allow the
School of Law to respond to urgent priorities and new
opportunities. By increasing unrestricted funding, the
School of Law will enhance its ability to admit the right
students, offer advanced programming, and provide the
resources necessary to deliver an educational experience
that will transform students into competent, values-driven
The financial burden of attending law school can be
significant, which is why providing student aid for law
students is a top priority. Gifts to Student Aid allow the
School of Law to offer a program that is both affordable
and provides an attractive return on investment.
For students, the School of Law’s library is an active
partner in student legal education. Support of the School
of Law’s library fund enables the library to acquire digital
resources and books, maintain the existing collection, and
continue research efforts.
The Fund for Western New England University allows
alumni to partner with the School of Law to have an
immeasurable influence in the lives of our students.
For Anthony, supporting the School of Law has been
an important priority. “I think giving is a very individual
thing. If people appreciate the education they receive and
want to help others get the same quality education, they
will know that it is important to give back,” he says. ◆
To make a gift today, contact
Deidre Swords, associate director
of annual giving, at 413 782-1335
You can also give online at
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119-2684
Each year, grateful alumni make gifts to The Fund for Western New England University
in support of the School of Law. These gifts, whether for the School of Law’s greatest
need—or for student aid or the Law Library—ensure that the School can keep providing
an innovative, professional legal education.