Newark Academy Kicks Off Public Campaign Phase
“What we’re talking about here is a generational change in the life of this school, and it’s very important that we do this as a community.”
With these words, Newark Academy Trustee, parent, and Campaign Chairman Jeff Kaplan officially launched Rise & Flourish: The Campaign for Newark Academy. The “generational change” includes new academic, arts, and athletic facilities and a 50 percent increase to the Academy’s endowment by 2015.
Jeff and a small group of dedicated volunteers had been working quietly since May 2010 to secure leadership-level gifts. That early effort was led by trustees Joe McGrath ’81 and Billy Bloom and resulted in $14.3 million in gift commitments prior to the official launch of the campaign. At the kick-off event, Joe acknowledged the leadership of the campaign’s largest donors to date—Jane and Mark Wilf (parents), Billy and Ruth Redmond Bloom ’80 (parents), Phil Kaltenbacher ’55, and one anonymous alumus. According to Joe, “These benefactors doubled the total number of $1 million+ gifts the Academy has ever received, adding their family names to ones like Simon, Kirby, McGraw and Silver that laid the foundation for the Newark Academy we know and our kids benefit from today.”
Over the next three years, virtually every member of the Newark Academy community will be asked to consider supporting this effort and its impact on the future of NA. Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jon Oleskey ’74 sees it quite simply: “We have all had a part in helping to give this historic and storied school the best reputation it has enjoyed in its history. It is a responsibility that we all carry—to keep a great school great.”