Thank you to all the parents, alumni, and friends of Morgan Park Academy who joined us for our 2012 Annual Fund Gala on November 10. This year, we’re seeking $400,000 in donations to our Annual Giving Fund.
Here is a short thank you video from our students:
Proceeds to the Annual Giving Fund will benefit our Four Pillars of giving:
The Global Scholars Advantage We believe that growing and developing the Global Scholars program is critical to the Academy’s goal of providing an exceptional college preparatory curriculum. A global approach requires academic innovation, inspirational speakers, thought-provoking field trips, life-changing service activities, and state-of-the-art technology. Not only does the Global Scholars initiative challenge students to become independent learners and global leaders, it inspires them to fulfill the ultimate promise of our mission: to make a positive difference in the world.
World Class Faculty We believe that as we advance our global approach to education, we must provide our faculty with opportunities to explore cutting-edge classroom initiatives. Investing in our faculty is key to sustaining high-quality academics. Bringing new ideas and instructional methods into the classroom encourages excellence and creativity in teaching and helps to ensure that we achieve our mission of preparing our students to succeed in college and in life.
Sustainable Campus Community We believe that environmental sustainability begins at home. We are committed to preserving and restoring our historic campus, becoming more energy efficient, redesigning classrooms for the 21st century, creating green spaces, and upgrading infrastructure and technologies. New signage, banners, outdoor lighting, and architectural landscaping on 111th Street will increase our visibility, further establishing the Academy as a beacon of academic excellence dedicated to serving the greater community.
Passport to Excellence for Eligible Students We believe that an Academy education should be accessible to talented students regardless of financial circumstances. Our school’s commitment to diversity extends beyond cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity, to include socioeconomic and geographic diversity as well. Providing scholarships and financial assistance increases our ability to recruit talented students throughout the Chicagoland area, enriches the school community, and enhances our environment both inside and outside of the classroom.
Founders Circle - $10,000 plus Headmasters Circle - $5,000 to $9,999 Benefactors Circle - $2,500 to $4,999 Laureate Circle - $1,000 to $2,499 Academy Partner - $500 to $999 Century Club - $100 to $499 Academy Friend - Up to $99
What is the Academy’s Annual Giving Gala? This year’s Annual Fund theme is World Ready: The Academy’s 2012-2013 Annual Giving Fund Gala. Through this year’s campaign the Academy wishes to share the impact the Global Scholars Program has on our students. Our students are our inspiration and your donation is an acknowledgement of your belief in a Morgan Park Academy education.
When & where is the Academy’s Annual Giving Fund Gala? The event will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012. A VIP Reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Hansen Hall Foyer. A cocktail reception, dinner and the altruistic auction for all guests will begin at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall.
What is the cost and how do I buy my tickets? Tickets for the cocktail reception, dinner and auction are $250. VIP tickets, which include a reception with the Head of School are $350. (Please note that approximately 50% of your ticket will directly benefit Morgan Park Academy’s Annual Giving Fund.) There are three ways to buy tickets: 1) Mail in the reply card included with your invitation to the event; 2) Go to our website and click on Support to purchase online; or 3) Stop by Hansen Hall and ask for Vincent Hermosilla or call at 773-881-0667
What is an Altruistic Auction? No material prizes are offered during an Altruistic Auction. Guests will be asked to raise their paddles in support of the Academy’s Four Pillars of Giving. The reward is the priceless feeling that comes from making a positive difference in the lives of Morgan Park Academy students and faculty.
How much money are you hoping to raise from this event? This event kicks off our Annual Giving Fund pledge drive, and like last year, we hope to raise 50% of our $400,000 goal the night of the Gala. We also hope to achieve 100% participation from Academy families and 100% participation from alumni.
What if I’m unable to attend? Even if you can’t make the event, you can still use this occasion to make your contribution to the Annual Giving Fund. Simply complete the Reply Card included with the invitation indicating your contribution. You can also stop by Hansen Hall and ask for Vincent Hermosilla or call him at 773-881-0667. Or go online to www.morganparkacademy.org and click on Support.
Is my gift tax deductible? 100% of your contribution to the Annual Giving Fund given during the Altruistic Auction is tax deductible. 50% of the cost for your ticket(s) is also tax deductible.
Do you accept matching gifts? Absolutely! We encourage you to ask your employer if there is a matching gift program available. This is a wonderful way to make your contribution go even further in assisting Morgan Park Academy.