The Blair community celebrated its fourth-annual Day of Giving on April 4 in fine style, with School spirit on display campus-wide and a record-setting 814 donors demonstrating their “belief in Blair” by making gifts to the Blair Fund. In total, the School received $211,812, with gifts coming from students, faculty, staff members, alumni, parents, grandparents and friends. The number of gifts well exceeded the advancement office’s goal of 698 gifts, one for each member of the campus community.
“The Day of Giving really brought our community together as we remembered and celebrated the connections and relationships that make the Blair experience so meaningful,” said Director of Annual Giving Colleen Smarth P’18 ’20. “It was wonderful to see so many people honor special teachers and other members of the community with their gifts, and to know that parents and grandparents continue to appreciate Blair long after their children and grandchildren graduate.”
Mrs. Smarth and Assistant Director of Annual Giving Anna Matthews oversaw on-campus Day of Giving events, including a “Blair Wear” day, donuts served by the magnolia tree throughout the morning, a special Chapel featuring Samantha Tilney ’08 and student advancement ambassadors, and a picnic dinner in the Romano Dining Hall.
“We are so grateful to everyone who helped make the Day of Giving a success,” Ms. Matthews said, giving special credit to the student advancement ambassadors, whose enthusiasm ignited participation throughout the day. “The community’s strong belief in Blair was evident, and every Blair Fund gift will support today’s students and teachers.”