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SAAS in the City: Community Contributes Boldly $950,000 For Financial Aid

Photo of Seattle Academy SAAS in the City 2020

With over 650 registered guests, including current and alumni parents, faculty and staff, seven alumni and 170 Middle and Upper School student performers, this year’s SAAS in the City delivered a beautiful night of celebration, community, and collective impact. Together, we raised $950,000 for Financial Aid, which ensures access and inclusion for students regardless of socioeconomic background while enriching the learning and development for all students. Thank you - we are grateful for this amazing outpouring of community support. In fact, thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, we far exceeded our $700,000 goal which enables us to offer more Financial Aid grants to incoming students at SAAS!

The evening began with a warm welcome from David Sheppard (Maya ’23), Board of Trustees Chair, followed by brothers and alums Joel Hobbs ’04 and Jeremiah Hobbs ’14 who shared their experiences at SAAS attending a decade apart from one another. Other alumni presenters, including Alec Fiebig ’11, Nina Finley ’12, Mireya Grey ’17, James Reinhardt ’99 and Geneva Shaunette ’05, shared their SAAS experiences and introduced student performances. Noah Sarkowsky ’17 attended again this year to direct the show, as well as Marcus Petitt ’09 who directed the Cardinal Choir. 

Dazzling student performances included the SAAS Drum Line, Instrumental Combo Red and White, Advanced Instrumental, Jazz Choir II, Dance Project, Advanced Dance, Middle School Musical Cast, SAAS Music Production, and Advanced Jazz Choir (The Onions). The Cardinal Choir, an ensemble composed of Middle School and Upper School vocalists, and alumni performers including Nate Abbott ’16, Sydnee Matthews  ’05, Nicole Matthews ’05, Annalise Olson ’09, Marcus Petitt ’09, and Nicole Rinne ’15, performed a rousing and inspiring rendition of "Lean on Me", arranged by Marcus Petitt. Many performances were accentuated by videos spotlighting students in Academics, Athletics, Outdoor and Travel, and Service at Seattle Academy.

The success of SAAS in the City is a direct result of the tremendous effort and countless hours of parent volunteers, student performers, and faculty and staff. Join us in thanking the event co-chairs and their committee:

  • Event Co-Chair: Megan Bergerson (Max ‘23)
  • Event Co-Chair: Lynanne Struss (Lila ’26, Miles ’25, and Colson ’23) 
  • Graphic Design and Décor: Julie Eitel (George ’16)
  • Raffle: Liz McConnell (Viv Gossard ’25)
  • Volunteer Communications: Molly Meltsner (Tessa ’21, and Will Troop ’25)
  • Wine Grab: Charlene Kletzly (Grace ’25, and Cooper ’22)
  • Wine Grab: Jane Saddler (Eric Farwell ’21)
  • Wine Grab: Julie Williamson (Ramsey Mokhtar ’26)

We’re also grateful to all our SAAS in the City partners whose support allows even more students to benefit from the night’s proceeds:


  • Stone & Vivien Gossard
  • Mike & Liz McConnell



Also, special thanks to the evening’s exuberant host and auctioneer Fred Northrup, Jr.!

Thank you to our full community for making this special evening an unbelievable success and for providing critical financial aid support. We look forward to seeing you next year. Mark your calendars for a SAAS in the City on February 27, 2021!  

Were you unable to attend the event, but still want to support Financial Aid and access for every student? We would be grateful for your support

View photos of the 2020 SAAS in the City event.