Cornerstone Giving Challenge

May 2, 2019 marks the 97th anniversary of the cornerstone of Rowe Hall being laid and a new era for Shady Side Academy began.

On May 2, 1922 the cornerstone for Rowe Hall was laid and a new era for Shady Side Academy began.

To commemorate this historic event, we are asking our community to come together by making a gift to the Blue & Gold Fund during the 24-hour Cornerstone Giving Challenge!

If we can secure 97 gifts in 24-hours, $25,000 in funding from our Board of Visitors will be unlocked! All gifts, all sizes, all day will count.

Help us continue to build on the foundation of Shady Side Academy with your gift to the Blue & Gold Fund today.


Thank you for supporting Shady Side! If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Alicia Barnes at 412-968-3017 or

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We need YOU to show your support and spread the word about the Cornerstone Giving Challenge! Contact Alicia Barnes to learn more, sign up and receive your Social Media Ambassador Toolkit!

Supporting Our Alma Mater and The Foundation for Our Future

I support Shady Side because it's a true regional asset. Like most alumni, local or relocated, I have a great deal of pride in the region. Support is up to the alumni, parents and friends of this grand old institution. - Richard Chalfant '64

Shady Side has a culture that sets it apart from other preparatory schools. And I've seen the influence of that culture all along my career path, from my service as a government lawyer to my stint as a journalist to my present career as a non-profit professional. - Geoffrey W. Melada '96

While a student at Shady Side, my classmates and I were all supported by those that graduated before us. I choose to support Shady Side to pay it forward, and to contribute to a community that I cherish. - Carli Siger '03

For the past 24 years, I have given back to SSA's Blue & Gold Fund to support students who need financial aid for the their Senior School years. - John Kramer '57

Shady Side taught me how to work hard, balance and prioritize my responsibilities, and gave me opportunities to grow. At SSA, I learn that confidence in myself, and knowing when to askfor help from others, were key to achieving my goals. Lastly, I learned that I should always find things that challenge me, and by seeking out these challenges I will come to know what success really is. - Sean Hannon '09

The foundation I received at SSA to help me in my life was to gain the discipline to complete tasks and the awakening of my desire to open my life to all that the world offers rather than what my world until then offered. - Jeff Varadi '66