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Seattle Academy Community Raises More Than $1 Million for Financial Aid

Photo of Seattle Academy Cardinal Choir virtual performance at SAAS in the City 2021

Picture of the Cardinal Choir's Virtual Performance at SAAS in the City 2021.

Watched on more than 380 screens by current and alumni families, faculty and staff, and grandparents near and far, this year’s SAAS in the City delivered a beautiful night of celebration, community, and collective impact. 

Thanks to heartfelt speeches and performances by 25 alumni, 56 Middle and Upper School student performers, and more than 350 donors, together we exceeded our goal of raising $1 million for Financial Aid. Thank you! Your support helps to ensure access and inclusion for all students regardless of socioeconomic background, enriching the learning experience for everyone. 

If you were unable to attend the livestream event, but still want to support Financial Aid and access for every student, you can give here. Thank you! Your gift will be added to our growing total raised. 

The program, hosted by Fred Northup, Jr. and our two student emcees Kaylee Morris ’21 and Eneko Gerard ’25, began with Eric Soriano ’08, now a hospitalist at Harborview Medical Center. Eric reflected on how his time at SAAS influenced his decision to go into medicine, and gave thanks to everyone who has worked on the front lines during the COVID pandemic. Other alumni presenters included Jasmine Alvarado-Salinas ’08Conner Pierce ’18, Lynne Siefert ’04, and David Wagoner ’04, who shared how their SAAS experiences shaped who they are today. The Cardinal Choir was directed and arranged once again this year by Marcus Petitt ’09.

Student performances included the SAAS Drum Line, Advanced Instrumentals Red Combo, the Middle School Dance Project, Upper School Advanced Dance, the student rock band Delphine Elliott, and the Advanced Jazz Choir (The Onions). Background music created by SAAS Music Production students. The Cardinal Choir, an ensemble composed of Middle School and Upper School vocalists and 20 alumni singers, performed a rousing and inspiring rendition of Ain't No Stoppin' arranged by Marcus Petitt. 

The evening also included reflections and messages from David Sheppard (Maya ’23), Board of Trustees Chair, and our Head of School, Rob Phillips

“I believe that leading with your values is simple during good times, but it is vital during challenging times.” -David Sheppard

Watch the Full SAAS in the CIty 2021 Program

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

  • Event Co-Chair: Megan Bergerson (Max ’23)
  • Event Co-Chair: Deena McCloskey (McKenzie ’23) 
  • Graphic Design and Décor: Julie Eitel (George ’16)
  • Parent Volunteers: 

    Pam Bigatel (Haven ’26, Paisley ’24, and Stellar ’22)
    Lauren Haley (Amelia ’27)
    Talya Jeffries (Ella ’22)
    Kimberly McDonald (Cypress ’23)
    Danna Redmond (Cole ’24)
    Deneen Shank (Zade ’24)
    Charlotte Simmonds (Natalie ’27)
    Rebecca Streeter (Gabrielle ’23)

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:


Laura Glass and Kevin Harris (Henry ’24)


Gold Sponsor: Aircare International
Silver Sponsors: GLY and Seneca Group
Bronze Sponsors: Reverb and AirReps


Again, special thanks to the evening’s exuberant hosts Fred Northrup, Jr., and student emcees Kaylee Morris ’21 and Eneko Gerard ’25.

Thank you to our full community for making this special evening a success and for providing critical financial aid support. We look forward to seeing you next year, hopefully in person at Fremont Studios! Mark your calendars for SAAS in the City on Saturday, March 26, 2022.  

Check out those who attended virtually using the hashtag #SAASintheCity on Twitter and Instagram.


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