|Bradenton, FL – The students, faculty, and parents of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School came together this morning in the Upper School’s Palm Courtyard to celebrate the successful results of a $2 Million matching-gift challenge and to learn that completing the total $4.5 Million campaign for the School’s Athletic Complex is in sight.
“Early this summer Elizabeth and J. Stuart Moore offered Saint Stephen’s a $2 Million matching gift towards the construction of a new athletic complex – provided the School could raise another $2 Million by December 1, 2012,” said Head of School, Jan Pullen. “The Moore’s generous offer was a challenge we were thrilled to receive and we’re determined to achieve.”
The athletic complex is part of the School’s long-range site plans and will be situated on the School’s 35-acre campus. The complex will include a lighted, 800-seat football/lacrosse/soccer stadium with an eight-lane regulation track, along with regulation-size baseball and softball fields with dugouts, batting cages, press boxes, new restrooms, and a concession stand.
The athletic complex will have a unique feature for Manatee County as it will house the county’s only regulation, rubberized track. It is a resource that Saint Stephen’s plans to share. “Having this facility will truly be a gift,” said the School’s Athletic Director, Carlos Boothby. “We’ve already begun contacting groups, such as the Special Olympics Manatee County, to offer use of the future facilities. We’re also hoping to host regional and possibly state track and field competitions.”
“The full cost of the athletic complex project is $4.5 Million,” said Pullen. “The School community has come together and donated well over $2 Million to meet the Moore’s challenge…giving us a total of over $4.3 Million towards the $4.5 needed.” Pullen continues, “Finishing the last stage of the $4.5 Million campaign will be accomplished through a few outstanding pledges and a new $50,000 challenge.”
The School made the exciting announcement that a donor will match the next $50,000* given in order to help raise the last dollars needed to complete the campaign. The School hopes this new challenge will help bring the campaign to a successful conclusion before the end of the 2012.
Ground-breaking for the athletic complex is planned for March 2013 and work is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2013-2014 school year. Gifts to the campaign can be made and plans for the complex can be seen at www.saintstephens.org/thechallenge.
The success of this campaign was possible only because of the hard work of the campaign committee and the Saint Stephen’s community.
Committee members: Co-chairs Hugh& Karen Miller and Chris & Dana Vining; Elizabeth Moore; Garret Barnes; Melissa Dunlap; Scott & Laura Eyre; Julie Leach; Carol Milano; Bob &Anna Smith; Jay Tallman; Jan Pullen; Tracy Vanderneck; and Donna Ranck.
In Photo: Jan Pullen, Elizabeth Moore, Carlos Boothby, Tod Creneti
About Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
A college preparatory private school, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School offers a unique combination of world-class education and nurturing environment that enables children to thrive. Located in Bradenton, Florida in Manatee County, Saint Stephen’s is committed to helping students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 navigate the crucial mixture of academic rigor and character development in which children learn, grow and succeed. Admissions information can be found at www.saintstephens.org.