Anonymous $2 million gift to the Transform Campaign is Single Largest in School History
St. Petersburg, FL (December 18, 2018) – Shorecrest Preparatory School is pleased to announce it has received an anonymous $2 million gift to the Transform Campaign. The gift is the single largest in the school’s 95+ year history and brings the total raised for Transform to more than $9 million.
Transform is the final puzzle piece to the Shorecrest campus based in St. Petersburg, FL, creating more than 60,000 square feet of new facilities and reimagining the lower campus to align with Shorecrest’s 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan.
“We are grateful for this generous charitable investment and we are excited for what this gift means to the Transform Campaign progress,” Mike Murphy, Headmaster of Shorecrest said. “These wonderful donors conveyed to us the significance of this project for their family and for the Shorecrest community. This new space will bring our community together, from the youngest students to the oldest students; parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, family, faculty; a shared space for everyone to gather, learn, collaborate, share meals, and create community.”
When providing their gift, the Anonymous Donor Family shared, “We are so happy and thankful for everything that Shorecrest is! Our kids’ whole lives will be changed and shaped because of one small decision to choose Shorecrest. We honestly owe so much to Shorecrest already for this opportunity. We are very thankful to be able to give to this community. We hope our kids and family can help make an impact.”
The Transform Campaign’s first major philanthropic gift came from Tom Andrews and Jennifer Vesper; Andrews is a former Chair of the Shorecrest Board of Trustees. Their early contribution of $1 million helped create momentum for the largest capital project in the school’s history.
Shorecrest is committed to providing an educational environment that offers students choice, support and balance. Shorecrest strikes a balance between the progressive and pragmatic, developing lifelong learners who excel not only in colleges and universities, but also their professional and personal adult lives. This approach requires a significant investment in both facilities and endowment to realize the vision for Shorecrest and its students.
“I look back at 2018 and I am overwhelmed with gratitude,” Murphy said. “The community united to raise $9.3 million to help Shorecrest achieve world-class educational opportunities. Although we have received incredible support thus far, we are looking forward to reaching our $16 million goal, which will allow us to realistically reach our future goals outlined in our 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan.”
A special group of community members who understood the importance of this plan to transform the campus and enhance the experience for Shorecrest students, faculty and families provided early critical financial support of $25,000 or more to the Transform Campaign. For a listing of Transform donors, visit www.transformshorecrest.org.
“We have already made meaningful progress — more than 150 families have contributed $9.3 million toward our $16 million goal,” said Will Conroy, Shorecrest Trustee and Chairman of Transform. “Several generous donors have stepped forward, and 100 percent of Shorecrest’s Board of Trustees, as well as numerous staff and volunteers donated prior to the campaign’s public debut. We are immensely grateful to each of you for showing such deep dedication to Shorecrest.”
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PK3-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL. In a safe, student-centered environment, Shorecrest educates a diverse community of students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement and the development of a commitment to social responsibility. Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions, and lead purposeful lives. Learn more at www.shorecrest.org.
In March 2018, Shorecrest launched Transform, the school’s most ambitious capital campaign to date. Transform will fully foster community at Shorecrest with its first-ever Dining Hall, a new Experiential School, Library, Media and Innovation Centers all housed in a new 60,000 square foot facility. The project will also create over an acre and a half of green space in the heart of campus. To learn more about Transform visit www.TransformShorecrest.org.
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 1st St. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Contact: Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
Office: (727) 522-2111 ext. 223 or (727) 456-7509
Cell: (912) 667-2016