Celebrating Success: $50.4 Million Fulfilling Our Promise Campaign
On Saturday, September 21, nearly 400 alumni, parents and friends gathered to celebrate the success of the schools’ largest-ever fundraising effort with the grand opening and dedication of the Susan A. Nelson Performing Arts Center.
The Fulfilling Our Promise campaign attracted record-setting support with more than 3,600 alumni, parents and friends of Webb contributing $50.4 million. Publicly launched in October 2008, with a goal of $40 million, the campaign and its donors have made possible the new Susan A. Nelson Performing Arts Center, Copeland Donahue Black Box Theater and Digital Media Center, McCarthy Aquatics Center, Hall of Life and Research Lab at the Alf Museum of Paleontology, more than 200 renovated dormitory rooms and common spaces, new and renovated faculty housing and much, much more.
In addition to the completion of a number of key capital projects, more than $10 million was gifted to current operations. The endowment for financial aid, teacher development and more grew from nearly $17 million at the start of the campaign to more than $30 million. Estate gifts totaled more than $13 million.
The effort was led by alumnus and Campaign Chairman, Mickey Novak ’70. His volunteer cabinet included board of Trustee Chairman, Paul Reitler ’54, former Board of Trustee Chairman, Robert Adler, Head Emerita, Susan Nelson, Head of School Taylor Stockdale, and many others.
What counts the most is not what’s most easily tallied by sheer numbers remarked Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale of the day’s celebration, “the real measure of success lies in what the Fulfilling Our Promise Campaign will enable Webb to do – for our students, faculty and programs, and our capacity to convey, through our graduates, the honor-bound principles that make a real difference in the world.”
The newly imagined and renovated theater space of the Susan A. Nelson Performing Arts Center with its updated technology, seating, stage, and back-of-the-house is also surrounded by innovative next-generation classroom spaces. Together with the Copeland Donahue Black box and Digital Media Studio, more than $6 million has been devoted to enhancing the arts at Webb.
“We are grateful beyond measure to the many alumni and parent volunteers and donors who supported the Fulfilling Our Promise Campaign. Its tremendous success has truly transformed the school in every way. Our students and teachers feel it and appreciate it every day. As we begin to plan for and imagine Webb’s Centennial in 2022, we do so from a position of real strength,” said Stockdale.
The day’s activities also included the unveiling of the sculpture “Lead Singers,” by Webb’s longtime art teacher, Blair Maffris, and the first-ever alumni water polo game in the newly opened Barbara Mott McCarthy Aquatics Center.
“This campaign was led by a passionate team of volunteers and donors, and the staff worked really hard to support their efforts. In the end, we remain fortunate to be worthy of such loyalty and commitment from Webb alumni and parents across the country and around the world,” added Joe Woodward, Director of Institutional Advancement.