Your reunion is an occasion to renew ties with classmates and reflect on what Shady Side Academy means to you. It’s also a time for classes to come together in giving back.
Reunion giving is a year-long fundraising campaign that takes place in the months leading up to your reunion. Reunion gifts celebrate the education you received, while ensuring that the SSA experience will endure for future generations.
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Class of 1964 Surpasses Reunion Giving Goal
The Class of 1964 set an ambitious goal of raising $250,000 in honor of its 50th reunion over the 2014 Homecoming weekend. To date more than $252,950 has been raised for the Samuel H Elkin ’64 Scholarship Fund, Endowment for Science Faculty Award, and the Blue & Gold Fund. This marks the most funds raised by a 50th Reunion class in the last ten years. Thanks to the following committee members for leading this successful effort: Dick Chalfant, Bill Guy, Bob Maloney, Jerry Stephenson, E.J Strassburger and John Wolf. ”Homecoming was a glorious fall weekend of reconnecting and reminiscing with classmates and faculty,” said Maloney. "We were all reminded of how special it is to be a part of the Class of 1964 and how important SSA continues to be to us all.”
Class of 1974 Holds Record-Breaking Reunion
During Homecoming 2014, the Class of 1974 celebrated its 40th reunion. For some classmates, it was the first time seeing each other since Commencement. For others, Shady Side helped them to form bonds that have lasted more than 40 years. At any reunion, the hope is that alumni return to campus, reconnect with old friends and remember the role the school has played in their life. The Class of 1974 did just that, but also did it in record-breaking fashion. Thirty-six class members attended, and 50 percent contributed to the class giving effort to raise more than $544,000.
“The outstanding effort of the Class of 1974 will support the tireless work and dedication of our faculty and coaches, help deserving students have the Shady Side experience so valued, but often out of reach by their alumni parents, and help us build a state-of-the-art science and innovation center that brings all of our science learning together in one dynamic facility,” said Academy President Tom Cangiano. “In addition, annual gifts made to the Blue & Gold Fund touch every aspect of our school, from our students, faculty and staff to our buildings and grounds and assist in bridging the gap between the actual cost of a Shady Side education and tuition. We are grateful to the 1974 reunion committee and their classmates for this extraordinary effort that will so deeply and directly benefit the school.”