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Annual Fund: Class Agents Gather at SM and Online
Annual Fund: Class Agents Gather at SM and Online

On Saturday morning, November 11, the St. Mark's Advancement Office hosted a presentation for Class Agents. A dozen alumni gathered in Taft Hall for the event, with many more following the proceedings streamed live online.

The program began with a welcome from Director of Alumni Relations Sarah Wilkins. Elaine Harvey '06 (co-president of the Young Alumni Leadership Council) and Head of School John C. Warren '74 spoke. The purpose of the day was a training session in new software to aid Class Agents in promoting the Annual Fund. Christine Del Favero, Director of the Annual Fund, led a discussion about that important giving program as well.

The Annual Fund accounts for approximately 11% of the operating budget, and gifts to the Annual Fund help close the gap between tuition and the actual cost to educate a St. Mark's student. Financial support of the Annual Fund has a direct and immediate impact on all aspects of the School - the academic program, athletics, arts, financial aid, professional development, facilities, and campus life. Additionally, Annual funds provide the flexibility to respond quickly to new opportunities and unexpected needs. The Annual Fund runs yearly from July 1 through June 30. This year the goal for the Annual Fund goal is $2,260,000. Every contribution, of any size, helps St. Mark's fulfill its mission of educating young people for lives of leadership and service. Overall participation is also important to the success of the Annual Fund. Support of the Annual Fund is critical to upholding St. Mark's mission and the School's standing as a leader in the independent school world.

After the presentation, Class Agents on campus attended an enthusiastic all-school meeting and then witnessed the traditional Snake Dance on Belmont Field, all in preparation for the afternoon's athletic contests with longtime rival Groton. Before the games began, however, there was a special luncheon in the Hinkle Room, where even more alumni joined the Class Agent group. There were representatives of the Classes of 1968 through 2013 at the luncheon, including two Southborough School alumnae. The Class of 1976 had the most Class Agents in attendance, with four.

Many more alumni arrived on campus on Saturday afternoon to watch the games. Overall it was an exciting and successful Saturday at St. Mark's.