The class of 2019 enjoyed an evening of pizza and philanthropy at the annual Senior Fund Drive, held on November 8 in The Black Canteen. The event marked a festive start to seniors’ fundraising effort toward their class gift, which they will present to the School on the evening before graduation. This year, seniors have chosen to support the Class of 2019 Scholarship, and fundraising for the new, endowed scholarship has become a shared endeavor for the soon-to-be-graduates and their parents.
Senior advancement ambassadors Jacob Leddy ’19, Essie Pasternak ’19, Summer Will ’19 and Neha Mullick ’19 organized the Senior Fund Drive together with Assistant Director of Annual Giving Anna Matthews. On Thursday evening, over 100 seniors enjoyed spending time with their classmates—and dinner from local restaurant Cesco’s—while they learned about the impact of philanthropy at Blair from speakers including Essie, Summer, Neha and Associate Dean of Admission Leucretia Shaw. By the end of the evening, 98 gifts or pledges were in hand, totaling more than $1,100 and representing the participation of a whopping 73.7 percent of the class.
The Class of 2019 Scholarship will be the first-ever endowed scholarship at Blair established by members of the current graduating class and their parents. “The scholarship will help provide much-needed financial aid to deserving students for many years to come,” said Assistant Director of Advancement for Parent Relations Susan Long. “Seniors and their parents are excited about this unique opportunity to create a legacy for the class of 2019.”
In fact, two parents have offered generous challenge gifts to spur fundraising: If $100,000 is raised by June 30, one parent will give an additional $50,000 to the fund. A second parent will donate an additional $100,000 if every member of the senior class participates in the drive by June 30.
Jim Krugman ’65 and his wife, Connie, will also support the class of 2019 fundraising effort as they have pledged to match student giving 3:1. This marks the 18th-consecutive year that the Krugmans have made this generous gift and, in doing so, underlined the importance of giving back to Blair for students who will soon be alumni.