All In The Campaign for Blair Academy 2018-2025
Ninth Annual Day of Giving Brews Success for the Blair Fund
Ashley Taube

Like a perfect cup of coffee, the Blair Academy campus was steeped in Buccaneer pride yesterday for our ninth annual Day of Giving in honor of Founders’ Day. For 24 hours, faithful supporters of the School contributed to the annual Blair Fund, making a collective 751 gifts. The total number of contributions was well above this year’s goal of 645 gifts, one for every member of the Blair community.

In total, the group effort effectively raised more than $500,000 for one of the School’s most important fundraising initiatives, providing day-to-day support for the perfect Blair blend: academics; athletics; arts; campus life; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB); and scholarships. The Blair Fund strengthens and ensures a robust Blair experience for today’s students and faculty. To continue the tradition of academic and extracurricular excellence, the School relies upon consistent financial support.

“Yesterday’s efforts represented the strength of the Blair community,” Director of Annual Giving Emma Barnes O’Neill said. “It was a perfect opportunity to honor a teacher, coach, friend, dining hall staffer or other behind-the-scenes person who makes the Blair experience special.”

Throughout the day, members of the advancement team pampered the Blair community on campus with treats and coffee on hand, in keeping with this year’s theme—a “community blend made richer, warmer and more vibrant.”

“Day of Giving is a wonderful tradition that brings our community together to celebrate our common ties and share our Blair stories,” Chief Advancement Officer Craig Hall said. “Whether internally on campus or through the extended Blair family around the world, every contribution is crucial to our success.”

For 176 years, Blair has been home to students of all walks of life. All share one thing: the pivotal difference Blair made in their lives. For many, the Blair experience was, and continues to be, possible thanks to the gifts of others. All of us at Blair appreciate the community’s efforts in helping us brew success.

Click play below to watch this year’s Day of Giving video.

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