Friday, February 14, 2014

York School surpasses $3 million fundraising goal.

York School exceeded the $3 million goal of a fundraising campaign to boost endowments for financial aid for students and for the professional development of its faculty, officials announced Thursday.

"Financial contributions are vital to the life of a non-profit institution like York," said Head of School Chuck Harmon. "The contributors to The Campaign for York have made an investment in the present and future of this great School, and we are grateful for their continuing generosity."

Top donors to the campaign were Peggy Downes Baskin and Jack Baskin of Carmel and Santa Cruz, whose total giving to York rose to more than $1 million. The Baskins were honored for their financial support at an event at York on Thursday.

Other major donors to the Campaign for York include: Corie and Fane Opperman of Santa Cruz, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Beverly and Lyman Hamilton of Carmel, Betty and Jim Kasson of Carmel Valley, and Susan Aqeel and son Omar Aqeel (York Class of 2007).

In total, 214 donors contributed to the Campaign for York.

The Campaign for York will provide funds for student financial aid. Approximately 40 percent of the students at the independent school receive need-based financial aid. York School has 225 students in grades 8-12.

The fundraising campaign also will provide funds for professional development opportunities for York teachers, such as stipends for professional growth conferences, workshops, and supplemental coursework, funding for special projects and the development of innovative courses, grants to research best practices, teacher exchange opportunities, and artist, economist, and writer-in-residence programs.

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