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SAAS in the City: In Bloom Flourished! $620,000 Raised For Access and Inclusion

Photo of Seattle Academy's 2019 SAAS in the City Event at Fremont Studios

With over 600 registered guests, including current and alumni parents, faculty and staff, 14 alumni spanning over 30 years of graduating classes, along with 150 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 $620,000 for Financial Aid and Community Chest, programs that ensure 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 outpouring of community support.

The evening began with a warm welcome from Donna Bellew, Board of Trustees Chair. Rob Phillips, Head of School, joined her to welcome the Board of Trustees Chair-elect, David Sheppard, and then recognized Donna for her years of “super-hero” leadership and support for SAAS as the Board of Trustees Chair. She was followed by David Campbell ’86 , founding student and current parent, who compared being a student in the early days to being a current parent today, noting the evolution of SAAS while highlighting the important ways that the culture has remained the same. Adrian Brandon ’11, a Fulbright scholar, addressed his journey of entering SAAS as a Middle School student-athlete with a predestined path to college athletics, but discovered his talents and passion for art and expression that continues today. Other alumni presenters who shared their SAAS experiences and introduced student performances included Ericka Burke ’90, Alisha Agard ’11, Reid Furubayashi ’11, Austen Holman ’04, Cambodia-based Nithya Menon ’12, Marcus Petitt ’09, and Laura Zulliger ’06. Noah Sarkowsky ’17, a student at Pace University in New York, came home to direct the show.

Student performances that dazzled the crowd included the SAAS Drum Line, Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir II, Middle School Dance Project, Intermediate/Advanced Dance, Digital Music Production, and Advanced Jazz Choir (The Onions). The Cardinal Choir, an ensemble composed of The Onions, 13 Middle School vocalists, and alumni performers Clara Cimino ’17,  Jaidyn Lam ’18, Annalise Olson ’09, Marcus Petitt ’09, and Madeline Reddington ’07, performed "Our Anthem", arranged by Marcus Petitt. Many performances were accentuated by videos spotlighting students in Academics, Athletics, Outdoor and Travel, and the most recent Seattle Challenge.    

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

  • Event Co-Chair: Sarah Miller (Zoe ’19)
  • Event Co-Chair: Lynanne Struss (Colson ’23 and Miles ’25)
  • Décor Co-Chair: Julie Eitel (George ’16)
  • Décor Co-Chair: Kelly Lillis (Henry ’20 and Beats Upton ’24)
  • Wine Grab Co-Chair: Whittnee LaChapelle (Max ’14, Kat ’16, and Kel ’19)
  • Wine Grab Co-Chair: Jane Saddler (Eric Farwell ’21)
  • Raffle Chair: Kathryn Keller (Cici Carter ’19)
  • Communications Chair: Molly Meltsner (Will ’21 and Tessa Troop ’25)
  • In Bloom design Student Photographer: Colson Struss ‘23

We’re also grateful to all our SAAS in the City partners who helped curate a “blooming” guest experience and whose support allows even more students to benefit from the night’s proceeds:



Thank you to the community for making this special evening an amazing success and ensuring access and inclusion for all of our students. We look forward to seeing you next year - mark your calendars for a SAAS in the City on February 29, 2020!  

View photos of the 2019 SAAS in the City event.