Harriet Peterson (Vermont)

Meet Harriet Peterson (Vermont). Harriet shared that she has been very fortunate throughout her life, and we want to share that we are so fortunate for her – for her loyalty to Gamma Phi and for her generosity to the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation. Harriet is Gamma Phi Beta Gives Day’s first match donor, and we can’t wait for you to learn more about her.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Vermont on a small family farm. I was able to attend the University of Vermont thanks to scholarships. I joined Gamma Phi Beta as a charter member of the Vermont chapter. I really loved my time as a student and had the opportunity to live in the chapter house for two years. After I graduated, I left Vermont and eventually settled in Colorado. I have been very fortunate in my life. I have been able to give back to several organizations. I was able to establish a scholarship at Vermont in my mother’s name. Most of my family are Vermont grads, and it was great to give back. I was also able to help establish an assisted living facility for people in Vermont, the Margaret Pratt Home, which is also named after my mother. I did this with many other members of my family. I really enjoyed setting that up and we are working on creating a garden for the facility. I have just been very fortunate in my life.

Tell us a story about a time Gamma Phi Beta made you proud.

I was always very proud to be a member as a student on campus. Our chapter went off campus, but I was still proud of my membership. I did some work with the chapter at the University of Denver and really enjoyed spending time with those women. A friend’s daughter joined the chapter there and that helped me get involved. But I haven’t been very active as an alumna.

Why do you support the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation?

Well, I had a very good experience as a student. I lived at the house for two years. I have always wanted to support the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation, and when I found myself in a position to do so, I did. Though I haven’t been very active as an alumna, I still value my experience.

What do you hope to accomplish through your philanthropy (Not just to Gamma Phi Beta)?

Just to give back. I had a lot of help through scholarships as a student. I couldn’t have gone to school without those. My family had a small farm and those scholarships allowed me to go to school. I want to give back for the next generation. I am so pleased to be able to give back to others.

Any additional comments that you would like to provide.

I think Gamma Phi is a great organization. I hope young women continue to join and be active throughout their lives.