Annual Report 2018-2019

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Annual Report 2018–19

A letter from Head of School Dan Paradis:

The Annual Fund supports every Park student and teacher. Each year, our community generously contributes essential funds that enable Park to deliver an extraordinary education. This year, we are celebrating an Annual Fund totaling $1,691,422. We are grateful to everyone who stretches each year to make a gift.

Please know that every gift is valued, and every gift makes an impact.

I especially would like to acknowledge a group of current and former Park Trustees, who contributed a record-breaking $101,450 in a Trustee Matching Challenge. All new and increased gifts in support of Park’s Annual Fund received a 50% match, leading to more than $200,000 in new and increased gifts. This campaign, now in its fifth year, is an inspiration to the community.

We are also grateful for our Park alumni, who answered the call during the 2018 Fall Rivalry Day Challenge. Nearly 200 alumni made gifts for a total of over $25,000, garnering an additional $10,000 in matching funds for Park. Perhaps the support inspired our athletes to secure a third consecutive Rivalry Day victory against Friends School! Contributions spanned decades of graduating classes, with many recent alumni stepping forward as first-time donors.

During our 2019 Spring Challenge, we raised $108,000 plus $10,000 in matching funds, a new record for spring giving and a testament to the dedication of our volunteers, who worked tirelessly on behalf of the Annual Fund. Our volunteers included Park students from every division, Grandparents’ Committee members, Alumni Council members, parent Grade Reps, and many more. Their phone calls, handwritten notes, and overall enthusiasm made a measurable difference.

The support provided by our donors creates year-round opportunities for students. This year, Park is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative, the Summer Scholars Internship Program. Upper School students who qualify for at least 75% tuition assistance at Park now have an opportunity to receive a stipend while volunteering in STEM-related summer internships. This program is made possible through generous funding from Sarah Weese Scalia ’00, Jonathan Weese ’04, and Hannah Weese Kaupp ’12. We are grateful for this remarkable gift, which connects so beautifully with the mission of the school.

When I reflect upon Park’s mission, the support provided by Suzanne Cohen through The Opportunity Initiative comes to the forefront of my mind. Sue made an extraordinary $500,000 matching gift to create this endowed fund for tuition assistance, specifically for high-need families. Sue and her husband Nathan were also the first major donors to Park’s Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) program. Sue passed away on November 20, 2018, and Park would not be the school it is today without her efforts.

Thank you to our entire community for your transformative support.

With gratitude,
Dan

If you would like to read the entire Fall 2019 Cross Currents magazine, click here.

All figures reflect outright gifts of cash, securities, or realized bequests received between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Pledges made, but not paid during this period are not reflected here. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If there are any comments, suggestions, or corrections, please contact the Development Office at development@parkschool.net or 410.339.4142.

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