Collin Bray '06

Which dorm(s) did you live in?

What do you remember most about Colby-Sawyer?
Teachers who want to see you succeed, good friends and a peaceful campus.

Which staff or faculty member had the biggest impact on you?
Many, but if I had to choose one it would be Teresa Gallagher, aka Mama T, who works in the dining hall. Truly one of the most generous people I have ever met. Great smile and heart.

How do you think your classmates remember you?
Outgoing, fun, somebody you could count on to pull the trigger and take risks.

What are you doing these days?
I am a real estate agent and office manager for Century 21 Cityside located in downtown Boston. Recently I created the idea of a comedy show fundraiser that I titled Laughs for Love. With the support of three friends, we were able to put on a comedy show featuring five comedians who donated their time. We raised over $3,000 which helped send six kids to basketball camp through Showdown's youth development organization for at-risk youth. This led to Cheers for a Cause, an organization three of my friends and I created. Cheers for a Cause offers a unique way for young professionals to stay involved in charitable giving without going outside of their budgets. We host gatherings in the Boston area in conjunction with promoting a great cause. Each season we select a new charity to support, which in 2009 included The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and the Women's Lunch Place.

That's very impressive. What inspired you to make a difference like this?
It all started when I took a self discovery course called SELP (Self Expression and Leadership) through Landmark Education. As I see it, the majority of people in life hold back their sense of possibility. Within the course, I established my goals and got to express myself. I also got back in touch with my past (Donovan Walker, the creator of Showdown, is an old friend and mentor). I love to laugh so a comedy show was the perfect idea. Showdown was in need of funds to continue their community support with Boston youth. The best part about the process was empowering others to be part of my creation.

What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
I would like to be a Boston community leader. I will accomplish being the owner of a successful company. I will be a great husband to my wife and a great father to my children. I decided to take "Hope" out of my vocabulary...

Last book read?
The Art of the Deal.

Favorite movie?
"Rudy." Classic.

Favorite TV show?
"Entourage" (of course!)

Any secrets of your college years that can finally be revealed?
I didn't take a sip of alcohol my freshman year.

Anything you'd like to say to your fellow alumni?
Don't be afraid to get involved in your community. Feeling uncomfortable at first is part of the process of becoming comfortable.

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