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Update MARCH 2014

BE A PART OF

SOMETHING SOMETHING

ACADEMY FUND


THE CAMPAIGN FOR LAKE FOREST ACADEMY

Dear LFA Community, Are you ready to make history?

MARCH 2014

EDITORIAL Ruth Keyso Director of Alumni Relations— Major Gifts Officer rkeyso@lfanet.org CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Susan Hoagland Julie Kennedy P’08, P’11, P’13, P’15 Ruth Keyso Cathy Morrison John Strudwick P’13 DESIGN Sarah Stec PHOTOGRAPHY Ruth Keyso George Pfoertner PRINTING John S. Swift Co. LAKE FOREST ACADEMY 1500 W. Kennedy Road Lake Forest, IL 60045 www.lfanet.org (847) 234-3210

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jeffrey B. Keller ’87 Chair CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP Ruth and A. John Huss, Jr. ’58 Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs Catherine M. Waddell Campaign Chair Sandra F. Boles Patrick J. Carroll ’87 Susan D. Coburn Jim C. Cowart ’69 Merrill J. Ferguson ’72 Karl R. Gedge ’69 Lauren A. Gorter Richard R. Jaros ’70 Allan M. Kaplan ’72 Loretta Kalnow Kaplan ’73 Julie M. Kennedy Jeffrey C. Neal Ellory Peck J. Michael Schell ’65 Nancy How Speer ’59 Cynthia W. Yingling Robin G. Zafirovski HEAD OF SCHOOL John Strudwick

As Lake Forest Academy sprints to the finish line in its historic Campaign for LFA (which concludes on June 30, 2014), it needs the support of each and every one of its alumni, parents, and friends to Be a Part of Something BIG. You can do that by giving back to the school through the Academy Fund, LFA’s annual fund. The Academy Fund is the base of LFA’s fundraising program. Dollars raised support every element of school life, from technology and teachers’ salaries, to scholarships and classroom supplies for enhanced learning. The Campaign for LFA is a comprehensive campaign: annual fund dollars count toward the campaign total. By contributing to the Academy Fund, you join other committed and generous supporters who want to be a part of the school’s largest and most significant fundraising initiative. Remember: It’s not the size of your gift that’s most important; it’s the sentiment. Whether you are a first-time giver or one of our loyalty society supporters, we encourage you to make a gift at a level that is comfortable for you. Just as dollars for capital projects and funds for endowment have transformed the LFA campus since 2005, the Academy Fund, too, has left its mark. Dollars earmarked for this fund support the operating budget and allow the school to offer the best and most innovative curriculum for students today. This issue of the Campaign Update focuses on the Academy Fund and illustrates how your gifts are transforming lives, one student at a time. If you have not yet supported this marvelous institution, we hope you’ll start today. Your gift is critical in maintaining the school’s strength and vibrancy and ensuring that our students receive the best possible educational foundation for college, and for life. Spread the word. Give now. And Be a Part of Something BIG. Catherine M. Waddell P’01, P’03 Chair, Campaign for LFA


Yes, YOU are improving the lives of today’s students and faculty through your support of the Campaign for LFA.

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As the Campaign draws to a close in June 2014, we’d like to thank the thousands of generous donors who have supported the school so mightily and invite others to join them by making a gift to the Academy Fund.

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Academy Fund dollars touch every aspect of school life: academics, athletics, arts, meals, scholarships, travel, extracurricular activities. The school relies on your generous support to keep LFA strong and able to compete with peer institutions for the best and brightest teachers and students. If the Academy means something to you and made a difference in your life, we hope you will consider a gift to the school today. Read on to learn how your support directly benefits today’s students and teachers. It’s not too late to Be a Part of Something BIG!

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Why I Give

“Lake Forest Academy was a crucial turning point in my life. At my public high school, my grades were so bad that my homeroom teacher told my parents I was not college material. In my first (junior) year at the Academy, thanks to the manner and content of the LFA teaching, the small classes, and my application of that teaching, I was ranked second in my class. I went on to graduate with honors from Amherst College and to earn an MBA from Wharton. This educational record was an important springboard for a very successful lifetime business career and a happy family life. All this would not have happened if I hadn’t had that crucial turning point at Lake Forest Academy. Each year since I graduated I’ve given to LFA as a continuing remembrance of all the school did for me.” ­ —John Todd ’46, La Jolla, CA

John Todd ’46 and his wife, Ann

“Before I came to Lake Forest Academy, I was a shy, timid 14-year-old not sure which direction I wanted to go in. The faculty, staff, and students at LFA helped me find that direction and build my confidence, thereby shaping me into the person I am today. From the moment I arrived, I felt a part of a loving, supportive community—something I felt during my entire four years as a student at the Academy. I wouldn’t trade my LFA experience for anything. That’s why I support the school so faithfully today.” —Casey Kennedy ’08, Boston, MA

Did You Know?

THE ACADEMY FUND Tuition does not cover the full cost of an LFA education. Tuition dollars cover only 75% of the cost of an LFA education. Where does the rest come from? Annual fund dollars, endowment draw, event revenue, and facilities rentals.

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“Thank you for all of the support that LFA gives to my daughter, Ann. During the college application process, she received much help from her teachers and the College Counseling Office. Also, we want to give special thanks for the comprehensive education—academic, music, sports, etc.—that LFA offers to its students.” —Fan Guo and Guofeng Kong P’14, Xi’an, China

The Kong Family: (l to r): Guofeng Kong, Ann Kong ’14, Xiaoyue Kong, and Fang Guo

“I’ve been following, from a distance, big bets LFA is taking to improve facilities, student-teacher interaction, etc., and as an alumnus, I want to be a part of that. I benefitted greatly from a private education, both elementary school and high school, and believe it helped shape who I am today. Giving back to LFA, which continues to promote creative and independent thought, is important. It’s just the right thing to do.” —Peter Hamilton ’02, Cincinnati, OH

Did You Know? You can make a gift of ANY size to the Academy Fund. Participation matters! We want to see YOUR name in our list of donors. We appreciate gifts of all sizes.

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THE ACADEMY FUND Your gift can be directed any way you would like—athletics, scholarship, arts, etc. Let us know what resonates with you, and we will direct your support to that area of school life.


Why I Give “I give each year to the annual fund because I believe that it is in our collective philanthropy that we can make a difference. Though my gift is not nearly as large as those from graduates who have remained very close to LFA, I think that the Academy is striving to offer a quality education, and it needs alumni to support it. The education I received at Ferry Hall set the foundation for my academic success in college, and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend. Today, private education is not as economically feasible for many families, yet the need to have a diverse and well-educated populace is more important than ever. If you value your education, then you should be willing to ensure that the students who come after you have as much—if not more—than that which was given to you. Although Ferry Hall no longer exists, its legacy is Lake Forest Academy. My modest gift each year is in celebration of Ferry Hall and my appreciation that the Academy remains.” —Anne Winton Black ’71, Canton, CT

“Ten years have passed since I was at LFA. Even though my memories of that time have begun to fade, the education I received has continually strengthened. LFA gave me the opportunity to develop as a student, a person, and as a citizen. I support LFA because I believe in its mission and evolution as an educational institution.” —Scott Zubrzycki ’03, Petaluma, CA

You can make a gift in honor or in memory of someone.

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING A GIFT TO YOUR ALMA

Want to honor a favorite teacher? Memorialize a family member who has passed? We would be delighted to recognize your gift in our annual report.

MATER. WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROSITY AND WILL USE YOUR DOLLARS WISELY IN SUPPORT OF LFA’S STUDENTS AND FACULTY.

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“Contributing to the Academy Fund has always been a simple decision for us, because LFA transformed the lives of both of our sons. When Matthew graduated in 2010, he left fully prepared for the next stage of his life, not just academically, but also as a mature adult fully engaged in the world around him. We see James on a similar path, albeit one that reflects his own strengths and interests. Our experience with the school could not have been more positive.” The Paige Family: Sonya and Mark Wolsey-Paige with sons Matthew ’10 (right) and James ’14

—Sonya and Mark Wolsey-Paige P’10, P’14, Lake Forest, IL

“After I left LFA, I went to college at Emory. The dynamic at Emory was similar to the Academy, but I didn’t develop the same relationships with my teachers as I did at LFA. I appreciated the tight-knit community that LFA was. For example, in advisory, I always felt a sense of belonging, a connection to the school. I can’t emphasize enough what the teachers and dorm parents at LFA did for me. It was these relationships that made me appreciate what I received.” —Shine Sun ’11, Atlanta, GA

Did You Know? Your gift will be used immediately in support of LFA’s students and faculty. Academy Fund dollars are used in the fiscal year in which they are received.

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THE ACADEMY FUND You can make a gift online at www.lfanet.org/give This is simple and fast. We promise.


Why I Give “LFA is a phenomenal place. When I reflect on my own experience as a student there, it’s clear that I have a duty to give back. I give for the ongoing and future needs of LFA; I give for the students who are there now and the ones who will be there in the future; I give because someone else gave before me and allowed me to attend LFA. It’s comforting to return to campus and see the familiar faces of staff (teachers, support staff, food service, etc.) who had a positive influence on me as a student and who are still there. This, I believe, speaks volumes about the type of institution LFA is.

The Kuli Family: Rumi Kuli ’93 and his wife, Julia Philip-Kuli, with their children (l to r): Elijah ’17, Isaiah, and Jena.

“I’m proud to be the parent of a legacy student who enrolled at LFA his freshman year. I enjoy hearing my son tell my wife and me about his experiences at LFA, experiences that bring back fond memories of my own days there. I can already picture his senior year Move-Up Day, when his sister is part of the incoming class, with their younger brother following a few years later. I look forward to seeing my children continue the tradition by sending their own children to LFA one day.” —Rumi Kuli ’93, P’17, Chicago, IL

“Lake Forest Academy offers a diverse and eclectic learning environment that helps develop students into professionals. Current students deserve the chance to experience all of the traditions LFA has to offer, whether in the classroom or on the playing fields. By supporting the Academy Fund, alumni ensure that the traditions and adventures that shaped their LFA experience get passed on to the next generation. That’s why I support the school annually.” —Rob Klein ’06, Chicago, IL

You can make monthly recurring gifts. How about $5 a month to LFA? That’s a $60 annual fund gift! Again, a simple and hassle-free way to give. www.lfanet.org/give

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THE CAMPAIGN FOR LAKE FOREST ACADEMY

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March 2014 Campaign Update