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SAAS in the City Exceeds Goal!

Photo of the crowd at the Seattle Academy 2017 SAAS in the City Event

On Saturday, January 28, Seattle Academy welcomed over 530 guests to SAAS in the City, our annual celebration to benefit students and faculty. The event was attended by SAAS parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty, staff, and friends. This year’s ask for support launched the final phase of our SAAS Rising Campaign for Campus Transformation.  An ambitious $1 million goal for the night was bolstered by a match pool of $500,000 donated by 13 families to help our community succeed, and succeed we did!  Guests gave generously through a “Raise the Paddle,” and blew past the goal raising a total of $1.4 million! Incredible!! We are dazzled and grateful for this robust response.

Guests arrived at Fremont Studios to a groovy, 70’s inspired theme complete with disco ball and a vintage Volkswagen Beetle on display! Guests mingled during the cocktail hour, purchased over 100 bottles of exceptional wine at the Wine Grab, and entered the SAAS in the City Raffle for the chance to win one of two amazing packages. The Best of Seattle package included fabulous sports, arts, food and wine experiences, while the New York package included airfare, 4-star hotel, tickets to a Broadway show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Both winners also received a one-year CLEAR family membership to breeze through airport security on any of their travels.

As guests sat down to dinner the stage came alive with exuberant student performances by the Advanced Jazz Ensemble, the Middle School cast of James and the Giant Peach, Jazz Choir II and the Advanced and Intermediate Dance Ensembles. The debut of The Cardinal Choir, a remarkable collaboration of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade vocal students, alongside current and alumni members of the Onions, brought the house down with its rendition of U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” These stellar performances were complemented by a video of faculty members describing their daily interactions with students as well as impassioned remarks from Head of School, Joe Puggelli, Associate Head of School, Rob Phillips, Board Chair Donna Bellew, and alumni Nate Abbott ’16, Sherika Brooks ’08, Ryan McDevitt ’03, and Kina Walker ’06.

Special thanks to: our SAAS in the City Event Chairs, Erika Grayson (Sydney ’20) and Sarah Miller (Zoe ’19), Creative Coordinator, Julie Eitel (George ’16); the SAAS in the City Committee; and the countless dedicated parent volunteers, faculty, and staff who help make this event possible.