We all have heard it so often that it might start to sound cliché, but what a year! The 2019-2020 fiscal year presented many new challenges to the Greenhill Community and the Advancement office. As I write this letter and reflect on the previous year, the span of time in 2020 feels like no other time in my life. Despite the many challenges, I am drawn to the exciting highlights that I will hold onto as the memories I keep.
Much of the work of the Advancement Office is building community, which was evident at many times throughout the year. It warmed my heart to see:
• Our community and Parents' Association rally to help those impacted by the Dallas tornadoes in October 2019.
• The Alumni On-the-Road events in New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C.
• The party of all parties that brought our community together: we went Back in Time
to the Glory Days
at the Totally 80s' Gala just before the world shut down in mid-March.
In this Year of Discovery, we discovered the highs and lows together as a community. We discovered what we are made of, our resilience and support for each other. We discovered that we are stronger together.
As you will read in the following pages, our community rallied to support the financial needs of the school (BEST Greenhill Fund year ever) and to support the immediate needs of some individual members of our community (COVID Emergency Relief Fund).
This year, the special moments for me were meeting Oleta Willard
, long-time language therapist at Greenhill and her sweet son and daughter-in-law who established an endowment in her honor. Meeting the Chilton family
who honored a beloved educator with an endowed teacher award. And the gratitude I feel for the Becker family
for sharing their tragedy in the hope that it may change the lives of others.
THESE are the memories that I will hold onto from the 2019-20 school year. Because what this pandemic has taught us is that it’s the people in our lives that matter the most.
I consider it a privilege to know these amazing, forward thinking, generous humans. I consider it a privilege to be part of such a special community, and we will move forward regardless of what is ahead because we are #GreenhillTogether.
Chief Advancement Officer (2019-20)