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$500,000 Raised for Financial Aid at SAAS in the City!

2018 Seattle Academy SAAS in the City Crowd

SAAS in the City 2018 was a full and lively party with nearly six hundred guests in attendance at Fremont Studios! As our largest SAAS in the City to date our amazing community of parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends raised an extraordinary $500,000 in support of financial aid. Thank you! We are grateful for this outpouring of support. These funds will create access, deliver opportunities, and most importantly change lives!

Guests arrived to the festive cocktail hour, made their way to the popular (and sold out!) Wine, Spirits, and Sparkles Grab, and entered the SAAS in the City Raffle for the chance to win one of two amazing packages. The Best of Seattle and Fun in the Sun packages included fabulous items such as fashion, fine dining, tickets for sporting and arts events, a vacation rental in Mexico, and Los Angeles experiences including Ed Sheeran tickets and passes to Disneyland and California Adventure Park.

The SAAS Drum Line led everyone to dinner, where the Advanced Jazz Ensemble opened with “Letter from Home.” The new Digital Music Production class debuted “All for One,” an original composition, arranged, produced, and performed by students using the latest in music technology. Intermediate/Advanced Dance kept the energy high with “Can’t Stop,” and the Jazz Choir followed with the 1960s classic, “Feeling Good.” Alumnus, Jordon Bolden ’12, gave a heartfelt rendition of “You Raise Me Up,” and The Onions capped off the night singing “Orange Colored Sky.”

Intertwined with great performances were compelling remarks from alumni representing classes 2003 to 2015. It’s always a highlight to hear alumni reflect on their SAAS experiences and journeys from SAAS to college and life. Thank you to Alana Bell ’03, Achijah Berry ’10, Jordon Bolden ’12, Jade Chowning ’15, Barrett Dickey ’09, Loretta Douglas ’08, Matt Fulle ’13, Brooks Hopp ’08, Adam Quinn ’11, and Ben Rubinfeld ’03. 


Board President, Donna Bellew took the opportunity on this special night to recognize Head of School, Joe Puggelli, for his twenty-two years of service and leadership at SAAS and to acknowledge his exceptional partnership with Associate Head, Rob Phillips, to whom Joe will pass the reins in July 2018.  Rob joined Donna in making a persuasive ask for gifts to support financial aid. Currently 21% of students receive financial assistance – that’s nearly 200 students in the 2017-18 school year. Our students bring a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives to the classroom and to our community creating a vibrant learning environment that reflects today’s changing world. As Rob’s remarks highlighted, SAAS students are making their voices heard and taking action to create change as shown by their presence the March for Our Lives rally in Seattle.


‪Head of School Joe Puggelli on stage at #SAASInTheCity‬

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In closing, much gratitude goes to our amazing SAAS in the City 2018 leadership for their vision, creativity, and commitment to making this night spectacular! Thank you to Sarah Miller, Event Chair (Zoe ’19); Kelly Lillis, Décor Co-Chair (Henry ’20 and Beatrice ’24); Julie Eitel, Graphic Design/Décor Co-Chair (George ’16); Whittnee LaChapelle, Wine Grab Chair (Max ’14, Kat ’16, and Kel ’19); Celeste Garcia Ramberg, Raffle Chair (Camila ’21 and August ’24) and Elaine Sakamoto, Communications Chair (Mia ’18). Thank you to the many parents, students, alumni, faculty, and staff who shared time and talents to produce this special evening. And thanks again to all who came out to celebrate and support SAAS. Our community is truly unique and we appreciate all of you!