A Message from Alumnae Board President,
Patti Webb '03
Dearest SMS Alums,
I'm sure by now you've all heard about the very generous Foxcroft alumna, Ruth T. Bedford, who donated a gift of $40 million to her school. She was an heiress of the Standard Oil Company and led a truly exemplary life, before making the largest gift in history to an all-women's school. What an exciting time for girls' schools to be showcased as a place that prepares young women to become caring, capable, and confident leaders.
Don't worry. I'm not asking all of you to donate millions of dollars right this second, although I'd be thrilled if you did! What I will ask is that we stop waiting for the next big gift.
As a former broke college post-grad, I can attest that making my Annual Fund gift each year, whatever the amount, means more than its face value. I can see my investment in the continued enthusiasm and dedication of our veteran teachers, in the impressive résumés of the current senior class, and with the pride I feel when I return to campus.
This past Fall Family Weekend, the Alumnae Association put on our most successful Rappahannock River Run yet, raising almost $6,200 in sponsorships and registrations. Our new Director of Alumnae Relations, Briana VanAudenhove, and race co-chairs, Bowdre Fortson '08 and Florence Snyder '09, headed the event. It's a great example of how our role has visibly grown just in the past few years.
Our alums are active on campus, putting on great events for the School and the community. We've been able to raise money and start an Alumnae Endowed Scholarship. We've been challenged to do more, and you can expect to see more very soon.
Don't wait for the next big thing. Be proud of our School and show your support today. Let's keep making waves.
Patti Webb '03