Annual Fund Kicks Off with Record Number of Guests

Just under 400 alumni, parents, and friends of the School gathered to kick off the 2010-2011 Annual Fund on Thursday evening, October 7. Guests heard from Bill Maffie ’88, co-chair of the Alumni Leadership Giving Committee, as well as Director of Admission Tom Guden ‘96, and Darragh Heffernan of Class I. (See photos)

After a reception in the Bernstein Tea Room, and dinner in the Gordon Field House, Headmaster Kerry Brennan introduced the speakers:

"As a schoolboy, Tom Guden ’96 was an engaged, able scholar, and a three-sport varsity letterman, captain of both varsity football and hockey and was named to both the all-ISL and all-state hockey teams. At graduation, Tom was the recipient of the George Leverett Barker Sportsmanship Award. Now, as the School’s principal emissary to the outside world, Tom has projected a fresh, energetic appreciation for the School and a dogged determination to land the boys for whom RL would be a perfect school setting. For four years now, he has been RL’s St. Peter, opening that gate for those wonderful and lucky boys deemed to be a good match for us. In addition to Tom’s admission work, he teaches two sections of Latin, assists with the varsity hockey team, coaches the freshman baseball team, and serves as an especially attentive advisor to a gaggle of boys.

"Darragh Heffernan, like Tom Guden, came to RL in ninth grade. A talented, tenacious student, Darragh, in whatever arena, makes the most of his considerable gifts. Darragh participates broadly in School life—ECOS, debate and Habitat for Humanity—and as a three-season athlete in football, wrestling, and baseball, and captain of both football and wrestling."

Bill Maffie spoke on behalf of Rob Broggi ’90, chairman of the 2010-11 Annual Fund, who was attending a crucial fund-raising meeting to advance his charity One By One's efforts to bring much needed relief to the earthquake-ravaged country of Haiti. An excerpt from Bill's comments follow:

"I am of the opinion that when we give, many of us (I am guilty of this too), make decisions based on what we believe to be the relative needs of the organizations which we support: in a world of finite resources and infinite need, we must do what we can to make priorities. When considering Roxbury Latin, then, one might reasonably conclude that a stellar faculty, a not entirely unpleasant campus, and a tuition that is nearly $20,000 below the cost to educate a boy are all indications of financial health—that, in fact, Roxbury Latin’s “need” is not that great. I beg to differ.

"While Roxbury Latin has an obligation to attract and retain the best faculty, and while Roxbury Latin has an obligation to provide state-of-the-art-facilities, in point of fact, it is by choice that Roxbury Latin provides these amazing resources for boys at a price substantially below their cost. It is only as a result of the generosity of generations past that Roxbury Latin is able to do this. If this fundamental commitment is to continue, it will do so as a result of the generosity of generations present."

The Annual Fund makes up 22 percent of the operating budget and is critical to the financial well being of the School. The 2010-11 Annual Fund goal is $2,625,000. Your support is needed and appreciated. To give securely online, click here.

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