On Tuesday, November 29, the King community came together to make history. Alumni, parents of alumni, parents, students, Faculty, staff, and friends made pledges and gifts online, in person, and over the phone to help us exceed our goal of 151 donations during our one-day giving event, #GiveKingTuesday.
Our tentative results show that King received more than 450 individual gifts or pledges - far exceeding the school record for the most Annual Fund gifts in a single day. While the goal of this one-day giving event was participation. #GiveKingTuesday concluded at 11:59 PM with over $600,000 in gifts and pledges. Plus, there is still more expected in the coming days as we await gifts/pledges sent via mail postmarked on November 29. #GiveKingTuesday was an exciting 24 hours for this year's Annual Fund campaign, which concludes on June 30, 2017.
The momentum started at midnight, when Head of School Tom Main kicked off the charge with the first online gift. Throughout the day, King's social media channels buzzed with exciting updates about our rapid progress. #GiveKingTuesday Champions - Helen Santoro, Micaela Malin, Fiona Fine 90', Christos Galanopoulos, Rob Waller and Cathy Mishkin - helped spread the word with videos and personal thank you calls throughout the day. Gifts and pledges continued to flood in as late as 11:30 p.m.
Three generous challenge grants galvanized the King community to participate in record numbers in support of the Annual Fund:
- Debbie Levinson Dietz '90 and Mr, Bryan Dietz ignited the initial momentum with their $20,000 challenge for the community to reach 151 donations which we were able to break by 11:30 a.m.
- Next, Alex Soros '04 propelled the community forward with a second challenge, in honor of Mr. Christos Galanopoulos, donating $10,000 if the community reached 251 donations, which we hit by 3:30 p.m. with a continuous flood of gifts and pledges
- Finally, we received a last minute challenge from John and Liz Stanise, new parents to King with children in Grades 4 and 9, taking us into the #GiveKingTuesday homestretch with a $10,000 donation if the community reached 351 gifts which we surpassed around 8:00 p.m. And the support was still flooding in well into the evening
Lauren Fredette, Director of Development, commented: "The King community made a strong vote of confidence in the mission of the school today. Alumni, parents of alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends from all around the country participated with an outpouring of generosity, creativity, and caring."
With such a widespread base of support, it truly was a successful community event that showcased our ongoing culture of philanthropy at King. For a full list of #GiveKingTuesday donors as well as a special thank-you video please visit kingschoolct.org/givekingtuesday.