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Another Successful SAAS in the City

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SAAS in the City… It’s not an auction. It’s a party, and what a party it was! A crowd of nearly 450 turned out for SAAS in the City at Fremont Studios on January 24.  Thank you to all who celebrated with us.

Guests began the evening with cocktails and appetizers, mingling with friends, and perusing the Wine Grab, Raffle, and new Centerpiece Sale. Called to dinner by the lively SAAS Drum Line, guests sat down to a delicious, Asian-inspired, three-course meal prepared by City Catering Company. The E Block Band kicked off the program performing “Fantasy,” followed by “Bushel and a Peck” by the Middle School cast from Guys and Dolls. Athletic highlights illuminated the video screens while Advanced Dance performed “Cybernetic.” In a joint project, the Speech, Science, and Dance Programs crafted a spoken word/interpretive dance piece entitled “No Brain, No Pain,” and the Onions returned to SAAS in the City’s stage with “Smack Dab in the Middle.”

Lively student performances were complemented by remarks by Head of School, Joe Puggelli, Assistant Head of School, Rob Phillips, and SAAS faculty members Alana Bell ’03, Makenzie Brandon ’09, Mark Hoover, and Melinda Mueller.

The evening culminated with a compelling ask, by the President of the Board of Trustees, Mike Halperin (Lucy ’15 and Taylor ’10), for gifts to our Faculty Development Fund. Guests responded generously donating nearly $200,000 to support our faculty as they develop new programs, fuel curricular innovations, and create a learning environment that cultivates 21st century skills. Thank you!!

Special thanks go to our SAAS in the City tri-chairs – Megan Conklin (Nicholas ’14 and Emma ’17,) Kristine Sweeney (Caroline ’14 and Drummond ’17,) and Gerlinde Whetzell (Jessica ’16) – for their dedication and leadership, and to their corps of energetic parent volunteers! Additional thanks to the faculty, staff, and students also engaged in creating this special evening.

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