Dear Virginia Episcopal School Family,
Thank you so very much to those of you who helped make 2021-2022 an extraordinary fundraising year—the second best in our 107-year history.
Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, our alumni, former and current parents, former and current faculty, friends, students, and trustees gave VES $8 Million, including a record of $1.84 Million to The Fund for Virginia Episcopal School; $2.54 Million to The Building Fund; and $3.72 Million to The VES Endowment & Trust.
We were thrilled to receive four new major endowments last year: the James G. Woolery ’55 Chair of Mathematics; the Thomas Speaker Series, made possible through the generosity of Dorothy B. and Lee M. Thomas ’62; the Gladys and Brinton LeCompte Scholarship; and the Margaret T. and V. Howard Belcher Operations Fund. The VES Endowment & Trust has reached $42 Million, and, with a draw of $1.069 Million this year, it is providing critical subsidy of our scholarship program; enhancing our ability to attract and retain great faculty; and buttressing the programs that have distinguished the VES experience for generations.
Nearly $25 Million is being poured into The Old 160 with the expanded and refreshed Box Plaza, Costas Wellness Center, Mary Feagans Garden, Ron Hood ’74 Alumni Lawn, Pannill-Smith Hall, and a new Frank H. Craighill III ’57 Tennis Center, which will open next fall.
VES feels immeasurable gratitude for the robust and increasing number of donors supporting our school. Last year 3,231 of you made 4,124 gifts to VES, which means that so many of you are giving to capital projects (577) and endowments (566) in addition to your annual gifts to The Fund for Virginia Episcopal School (2,981). Your support helps VES continue the tradition of instilling excellent communication skills; fostering a healthy environment in which to form lifelong bonds with friends and faculty; and guiding Bishops to find the right fit for college—all on this historic campus we all love and remember with such fondness.
Our school is bursting at the seams with 265 talented students from 18 states and 13 countries, including 45 legacies and 40 students of color. Your generosity makes possible our 45 dedicated faculty’s mission to “draw out of a student”—as Bishop Jett said more than a century ago—“that which is noblest and finest.” If you missed Homecoming 2022 and The Bishops Ball this past fall or have not been back to The Old 160 in a while, 2023 is your year to return home with huge Reunion celebrations planned for June 2-4.
We thank you, and we look forward to seeing you back
With so much appreciation,
Henry Clarke ’03
Head of Advancement