Campaign Overview

A Message from the Campaign Co-Chairs

Now that Pingry’s largest-ever fundraising effort has concluded, it would be easy to say that success was inevitable at a school as strong and well-established as Pingry. But that’s simply not the case. Pingry’s success in the Blueprint for the Future Campaign, which raised a total of $76.7 million—an impressive $11.7 million over goal—did not come by inertia. It was due to the tremendous efforts of many, many people who make up our remarkable community.

We can’t possibly thank each individual donor, volunteer, and advocate who made this effort possible, but we’d like to highlight a few people without whom the Campaign could not have launched. Members of the Campaign Steering Committee and the Board of Trustees provided unflagging leadership and vision. Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs Miller Bugliari ’52, P ’86, ’90, ’97, GP ’20, Park Smith ’50, GP ’06, ’08, ’09, ’10, and Audrey Wilf P ’02, ’04, ’13 led the charge. Stuart Lederman ’78 spent countless hours overseeing the modernization of the Lower School and Upper School campuses and construction of the new Athletics Center. Allie Rooke P ’02, ’04 helped spearhead the vision for the facility in its earliest stages. And the invaluable work of faculty, staff, alumni, and parent volunteers helped secure funds for Pingry’s future while also uniting our community around shared goals.

Just as with our volunteers, not one donor or set of donors, but a multitude, enabled us to make Blueprint a reality. More than 5,400 alumni, families, faculty, and friends joined in supporting the Campaign. Thanks to every one of these donors, Pingry’s students and teachers will enjoy the new Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center, two modernized campuses, a stronger endowment for financial aid and faculty development, and continued support for annual operations. With all of these elements in place, Pingry students are well positioned to make the most of the future.

Sincerely,

Kathleen M. Hugin P ’11, ’13Kathleen M. Hugin P ’11, ’13

Kathleen M. Hugin P ’11, ’13 Campaign Co-Chair

Stephan F. Newhouse ’65, P ’95, ’97, ’99Stephan F. Newhouse ’65, P ’95, ’97, ’99

Stephan F. Newhouse ’65, P ’95, ’97, ’99 Campaign Co-Chair

The Impact of Blueprint for the Future

Campaign Overview

Thanks to Blueprint donors . . .

  • Students and teachers now enjoy modernized classrooms, commons, and offices on both the Short Hills and Basking Ridge Campuses. (See the Upper School Modernization and Lower School Modernization sections below for a map of Lower School Modernization and to find out about the newly dedicated spaces in both divisions.)

  • Pingry’s endowment grew by $27.9 million with the creation of 21 new endowed funds for academic programs, faculty support, financial aid, student prizes, building funds, and general endowment.

  • Pingry is now home to the Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center, a state-of-the-art, all-weather home for student athletes. The facility officially opens in January 2017.

  • Annual gifts to The Pingry Fund culminated in $17.6 million raised for Pingry, sustaining critical elements of a Pingry education.

  • The C.B. Newton Society, which recognizes individuals who have made estate commitments to Pingry, grew by 69 donors during the Campaign. All told, Pingry community members committed $14.4 million to Pingry’s future through planned gifts.

Click here for a tour of the new Pingry led by three Upper School students.

Campaign Milestones

Pingry achieved many milestones on the way to the successful finish of Blueprint, and there are more to come.

  • July 1, 2010—Pingry launches its largest-ever, $65 million Blueprint for the Future Campaign

  • March 2013—Anagnostis Young Alumni Challenge raises alumni participation in The Pingry Fund

  • August 2013—Upper School Tech Suite created

  • June 2014—30 for 30 Challenge raises $30,000 for 30 percent participation among benchmark reunion classes

  • June 2014—Lower School Modernization begins

  • August 2014—Upper School health and counseling suites modernized

  • October 25, 2014—Campaign Kick-Off (66 percent of goal, or $42.7 million, raised)

  • December 2014—Miller A. Bugliari '52 Athletics Center Million Dollar Challenge raises more than $2 million

  • December 2014—The E.E. Ford Foundation Credit Union Challenge helps launch the pilot of Pingry’s student-led credit union

  • December 2014—Lower School Modernization Phase I complete

  • June 2015—Leadership Challenge boosts participation to surpass the $54 million mark

  • June 2015—O’Toole Squash Challenges raise over $1 million to complete the funding for Pingry’s new squash facility

  • August 2015—Lower School Modernization Phase II complete

  • August 2015—New Upper School biology research labs, classrooms, faculty office, and commons take form

  • September 2015—Ground is broken on the Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center

  • January 2016—Second Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center Challenge raises additional $560,000 for the new Athletics Center

  • January 2016—Rededication of the Lower School (Part I)

  • February 2016—LEAP Year Challenge bolsters Pingry Fund participation and raises more than $200,000 from Annual Fund donors

  • March 2016—Miller A. Bugliari '52 Athletics Center signed beam placed

  • May 2016—Financial Aid Challenge raises awareness and critical funds for financial aid scholarships

  • June 2016—Alumni, parents, and others pitch in to establish the John “Mags” Magadini Varsity Boys' Ice Hockey Coaching Position

  • June 2016—SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN FINISH!

  • August 2016—Lower School Modernization Phase III complete

  • August 2016—Chemistry suite renovation; additional Upper School classrooms are modernized

  • September 2016—Rededication of the Lower School (Part II)

  • October 8, 2016—Campaign Celebration at Pingry Homecoming

  • January 2017—Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center opens!

  • May 20, 2017—Dedication of the Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center

The Pingry Fund

Directing Gifts Where They’re Needed Most

A key component to Pingry’s Blueprint for the Future Campaign, The Pingry Fund helps sustain the School’s commitment to excellence year in and year out. Some highlights below demonstrate the tremendous impact that annual donors—united in their commitment to Pingry—are making on the School.

  • In FY2016, nearly 2,500 community members contributed to The Pingry Fund, raising $2.8 million for Pingry.

  • Across the six years of the Blueprint for the Future Campaign, ending June 30, 2016, gifts to The Pingry Fund totaled more than $17.6 million—23 percent of the total raised in the campaign.

  • Pingry Fund gifts sustain the School, providing critical funds for academics, arts, athletics, technology, and financial aid.

Read below to learn why one parent of a Pingry alumnus and current Pingry student continues to give to The Pingry Fund, year after year.

Sustained Pingry Pride

Sustained Pingry Pride

The Elliot Family (l–r: Alexis '18, Patience, Freddy '12, and Fred) celebrates at graduation.

A parent sings Pingry’s praises as she sees her children evolve with their School.

“This is the school I want to go to,” announced Freddy Elliot ’12 after he and his parents, Patience and Fred Elliot, toured several day schools in the area. He was only in fifth grade at the time, but he knew Pingry was “it,” recalls his mother.

Ten years later, after a successful Pingry career that saw him blossom into a star soccer player for Big Blue, Freddy graduated from Columbia University, where he was a four-year starter on their team as well, and began a job as a trader in Manhattan. His sister, Alexis ’18—a Pingry lifer—just began her junior year. In all those intervening years, says Mrs. Elliot, even when she was dealing with a chronic illness, Pingry was always a tight-knit community for them. “Pingry is like a home. It is very dear to me, to my family,” she adds.

She points to the opportunities her children have been given—the same opportunities she would like to help make possible for other students—as the reason she consistently gives to The Pingry Fund. It is also the reason she has so generously given her time to the school as a Pingry Fund volunteer, among other roles.

Why did she continue to give throughout the Blueprint for the Future Campaign? “What motivated me was seeing the School evolving and taking itself to a higher level, just as it does for its students. Contributing to that evolution was important to me.”

In a lighthearted voice, she adds, “The School has just been so supportive—to us as a family, to my children—that I tell everybody to go to Pingry. I have convinced a lot of people to come here!”

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Lower School Modernization

Lower School Modernization Complete

Thanks to the Blueprint for the Future Campaign, the Short Hills Campus has been transformed. Students walk into a bright, open building with flexible furniture, plentiful natural light, and technology incorporated into every space for optimal learning.

  • Nearly 120 donors contributed $3 million over the course of the Campaign to modernize 45 classrooms, commons, and offices in the Lower School.

  • The new Theodore M. Corvino Lower School Commons welcomes students and honors Ted Corvino for more than four decades of service to the School.

  • With the modernization complete, Lower Schoolers enjoy state-of-the-art technology, large windows for visible learning, flexible furniture that can accommodate group and independent work, and classrooms extending into common spaces to form collaborative learning neighborhoods.

  • These elements support the Lower School’s use of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) type learning, where students are encouraged to embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to exploration and problem solving.

  • And, the newly modernized campus is air-conditioned!

Two teachers recently shared their thoughts on the modernization:

“The modernization has not only made the teacher’s job easier, but it has made tailoring the lessons to each student’s needs more authentic and scientific.” —Homa Watts, Grade 1 Teacher

“My classroom is full of light, and the transparency of the glass walls allows me a lot of flexibility during the day for break-out sessions in the Third and Fourth Grade Commons. . . . The layout of the space also provides opportunities to collaborate with colleagues, which is essential to working together as a team.” —Kerry MacIntosh, Grade 3 Teacher

See below for an interpretive map of the Lower School designed by art teacher Russell Christian, as well as a listing of the spaces generously named by members of the Pingry community. Then, read on to hear what drove one Pingry family to name a new language lab.

Newly Dedicated Spaces in the Lower School

  • Entrance and Administration
    The Gedroic Family Admission Office
    The Theodore M. Corvino Lower School Commons
    Lower School Director’s Office—given by the Huang Family

  • STEAM Center
    Lewis-Procter Family STEAM Science Lab
    Union Foundation and E.J. Grassmann Trust STEAM Science Lab

  • World Languages
    The Huang Family Language Lab
    The Zhikang Cao Language Lab

  • Kindergarten
    The Wilf Family Kindergarten Commons
    The Guest Family Classroom

  • First and Second Grade
    The Class of 2027 Classroom
    The Hao Family Classroom

  • Third and Fourth Grade
    The Wu Family Commons
    The Hamako/Masoudi Family Classroom
    The Sinins Family Classroom

  • Fifth Grade
    The Nancy Kalkin ’82/Lincoln Miller Family Classroom
    Josh ’92 and Patricia Connor Classroom
    The Link Family Classroom

The Gift of Language

The Gift of Language

The Huang Family cuts the ribbon on the newly modernized language classroom.

Lower School parents help open Pingry’s students to new languages and cultures.

Sam and Grace Huang’s son, Alan, started at Pingry in kindergarten, and he’s now a member of the first grade. As proud Pingry parents, Grace and Sam saw the excellent educational opportunities Alan was afforded and chose to make a gift in support of the language lab, as well as the Lower School Director’s office. Grace and Sam describe the gift as being driven by their “intention to be able to help the students of Pingry to have the same if not better opportunities of early exposure to the language arts.”

The Huangs’ newly modernized classroom is used by language teacher Diana Fiore, who recently shared her thoughts on the impact that the Lower School Modernization project has made on her classroom. She finds that the flexibility provided by both the physical space and the integration of technology helps her to support different kinds of learners. She says that her students “are able to work together and independently to support opportunities for building positive relationships and community, as well as for developing autonomy.” As so many of Pingry’s teachers have attested, the newly introduced technology and the extended classroom space offered by the commons have been great assets in promoting learning and engagement.

Grace and Sam are joined by a dedicated group of families and alumni who have given in support of the Lower School Modernization. With their gift of the language lab, they will not only improve the immediate learning experience for Pingry students, they will also encourage students’ understanding and appreciation of different cultures through the vehicle of spoken and written language.

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Upper School Modernization

Upper School Modernization Continues

The Upper School continues to undergo a transformation, thanks to funds raised through Blueprint for the Future.

  • Over the course of the six-year Campaign, more than 130 donors joined in the effort—contributing a total of $6.35 million—to support renovations on the Basking Ridge Campus.

  • The Classes of 1965 and 1964, respectively, named classrooms in honor and in memory of classmates.

  • Twenty-three classrooms and larger spaces—including a brand new, state-of-the-art science research suite—have already been named by Pingry families and supporters. And more remain!

Two of Pingry’s science teachers and Pingry’s student body president recently shared their excitement around the modernization:

“We are looking forward to the modernization of the physics suite. . . . Modern rooms will enable us to take advantage of Internet resources and extend cooperative learning in the classrooms and also permit students to use laptops and Internet resources more reliably for lab work and research. With the modernization, we’ll have the best of both worlds—exceptional, technology-enhanced workspaces and a friendly, student-centered ambiance.” —Bill Bourne and Chuck Coe, Upper School Science Teachers

“On a day-to-day basis, the most visible results of the Blueprint Campaign are the modernized, collaborative learning spaces that now exist throughout the School. I love that I can now sit down at a nearby table with a friend and go over last night’s homework or study for an upcoming test. The openness of these new areas also makes them great places for students to relax and chat with friends between classes.” –Zach Keller ’17, Student Body President

See below for an interpretive map of the Basking Ridge Campus by Lower School art teacher Russell Christian, as well as a listing of the spaces dedicated to date. Read on to learn how one alumni family decided to help modernize the Upper School.

Newly Modernized Upper School Spaces Dedicated to Date

  • Class of 1964 William F. Little Memorial Vietnam History Room

  • Class of 1965 Michael Joseph DePaul History Room

  • The Barbara Berlin Art Critique Classroom

Excellence through Modernization

Excellence through Modernization

Former Trustee Veronica Goldberg P '84, '88, '92 and family made a gift to modernize a classroom.

A Pingry family provides students the tools they need to succeed in the future.

“At all times, Pingry has provided the key elements for developing intellectually curious and successful students,” says Former Trustee Veronica Goldberg P ’84, ’88, ’92. Mrs. Goldberg served on the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1994, but her family’s history with Pingry dates back to the ’70s, when her children, Kerry, Wendy, Jody, and Michael, first attended the School. The Goldbergs’ combined Pingry experience encompasses the Hillside Campus, the Short Hills Campus, and the Basking Ridge Campus, and it is the School’s ability to maintain its focus on developing the whole student—in the classroom, on the field, and in the arts—that truly resonates with the family’s values.

With this focus in mind, the Goldbergs made a Blueprint for the Future gift to modernize a classroom on the Basking Ridge Campus. “Pingry has been able to instill so much in its students over the years, even without the most modernized facilities,” Mrs. Goldberg says. “But times have changed. We made our gift because we realized that it will take the support of a dedicated community to provide Pingry the tools it needs to continue meeting its high standards for student success.” Michael adds, “My sisters and I wanted to honor our mother while giving back to Pingry so that others could appreciate what the school has to offer them.”

Thanks to the alumni and families like the Goldbergs, Pingry can continue to offer students access to the very best educational resources in an environment that encourages them to go wherever their curiosity leads.

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Athletics

Pingry Athletics Stronger Than Ever

Athletics form a key part of the Pingry experience, teaching students values of discipline, resilience, teamwork, and dedication. The Campaign gave rise to impressive, state-of-the-art athletics facilities that will position Pingry’s student-athletes for success on the field and in life.

  • Over the course of the Campaign, approximately 500 donors contributed a cumulative $15.9 million for athletics priorities, including the Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center; tennis courts; football and lacrosse artificial turf field, stadium, and track; softball field; and the World Cup Field.

  • The Campaign succeeded in raising the needed $11.5 million for the new Athletics Center.

  • The facility will provide all-weather practice and competition space for student-athletes and a new home-court advantage for squash and wrestling.

  • The new display of Distinguished Alumni in Athletics will honor the accomplishments of Pingry’s graduates in athletics post-graduation.

  • To date, 31 spaces have been named in and around the Athletics Center.

See the footprint below to check out the new spaces, including Pingry’s eight new squash courts. And read on to learn more about one of the early visionaries in Pingry’s community who set the Athletics Center project in motion.

In Pursuit of Excellence

In Pursuit of Excellence

Allie Rooke P '02, '04 (pictured here with husband Tom '74, P '02, '04) helped oversee the planning of the Athletics Center.

Allie Rooke P ’02, ’04 reflects on the beginnings of the new Athletics Center.

In the fall of 1973, Allie Rooke P ’02, ’04, a student at Kent Place, was one of five exchange students attending Pingry when the schools briefly considered merging. It would be another year before the Pingry School officially went coeducational.

“Being a female minority in the classroom and riding an all-male bus to and from school was an educational experience of its own,” she recalls. But it was there, at the Hillside Campus for a semester in 1973, that she met her future husband, Tom ’74, whose brother, Bob ’70, and father, Robert Rooke Sr. ’43, also attended the School (Mr. Rooke Sr. attended the Parker Road Campus). Just about 30 years later, Allie and Tom’s sons, Tom Jr. ’02 and Matt ’04, graduated from the Basking Ridge Campus.

It felt natural for Allie to involve herself in the School and its future, serving as chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee for 10 of her 11 years on the Board of Trustees. Helping to oversee the completion of Beinecke House, she has been a pivotal figure in envisioning and supporting the concept of a “true school campus” for Pingry, a hallmark of the School’s 2001 Long Range Plan and subsequent Land Use Master Plans. And so, as the new Middle School building neared completion in 2006, attention turned to a future athletics center.

“The athletics center initiative was exciting in that there was a true need for additional athletics facilities, particularly in light of the School’s goal of excellence in all aspects of a Pingry education,” she says. “It is most rewarding now to see the Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center become a reality on campus.”

In addition to bricks-and-mortar initiatives, the Rooke family is dedicated to broadening students’ awareness beyond the School’s traditional curriculum. For 20 years, they have supported Pingry’s financial literacy courses and programs, both for students and for the larger school community.

“Most important,” she remarks, “is the success of the Campaign in building an athletics center and supporting other initiatives. This is a wonderful display of how Pingry alumni, friends, trustees, administration, and staff share a common interest to not just maintain the superior academic experience Pingry provides its students, but also to improve upon it in a way that will benefit generations to come.”

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Faculty Support and Development

More Opportunities for Faculty Development

As any alumnus, parent, or current student can attest, Pingry’s teachers are one of the School’s most valuable assets. Blueprint for the Future raised $5 million for faculty support and development, further motivating teachers to come to and remain at Pingry for long, rewarding careers.

  • Over the Campaign, more than 130 donors contributed $5 million for Pingry’s teachers.

  • Blueprint for the Future led to the creation of five new faculty funds that will expand Pingry’s embrace of other cultures, inspire coaches who in turn instill students with life lessons, and sharpen teachers’ ability to incorporate coding into their curricula:

    - Ittycheria Teaching/Learning Regression Endowment Fund
    - The Wilf Family Collaborative Learning and Innovation Fund
    - The Greig Family Endowed Faculty Chair
    - The Chen Family Faculty Award for World Languages
    - The John “Mags” Magadini Varsity Boys' Ice Hockey Coaching Position

Read on below about the lasting difference John “Mags” Magadini has made in the life of a young alumnus.

Goals for Life

Goals for Life

Daniel Ambrosia '07 and his family honored former ice hockey coach John "Mags" Magadini with a gift.

Young alumnus honors past coach for lessons on and off the ice.

When they learned of an opportunity to give back to Pingry in honor of Ice Hockey Coach John Magadini, Pingry lifer Dan Ambrosia ’07, his brother Mike Ambrosia ’10, and their parents, Lynn and David, jumped at the chance to make a gift toward the challenge grant that created the John “Mags” Magadini Varsity Boys’ Ice Hockey Coaching Position. The family was eager to honor Mags—a coach, mentor, and friend—and to help Coach Scott Garrow continue Mags’s legacy as his successor.

Dan recalls how the Pingry hockey program “was Mags’s ‘classroom,’ where he taught valuable life lessons, placing players’ interests above his own while keeping his focus on building character.” Like so many teacher-coaches at Pingry, Mags inspired student-athletes to “learn not only inside the classroom but also in a competitive, team-oriented environment.”

Pingry’s faculty members often do not know the influence they’ve had until long after their students graduate. For Dan and his brother, this influence is as vivid today as it was during their hockey-playing years at Pingry. Dan says that “Mags embodies Pingry’s values of honor, respect, and teamwork and inspires the same in others.” Given Mags’s extraordinary influence on his life, Dan is thankful to help honor his former coach’s legacy by supporting Pingry and its ice hockey program.

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Financial Aid Endowment

Campaign Augments Financial Aid Endowment

Donors to Pingry’s Blueprint for the Future Campaign contributed a record amount to grow the financial aid endowment, which enables the best and brightest students to attend Pingry, regardless of economic circumstance.

  • Blueprint for the Future grew Pingry’s financial aid endowment by $20 million. Given Pingry’s average annual financial aid grant, this will provide 20 additional students with critical support.

  • Nine new scholarship funds were created in honor of Pingry alumni, families, and teachers:

    - The Albert Booth Scholarship Endowment Fund
    - William McLaren Bristol III, Class of 1939, Leadership Scholarship Fund
    - Herbert H. Busch Jr. '55 Memorial Football/Lacrosse Scholarship Endowment
    - The Antoine du Bourg Memorial Financial Aid Endowment Fund
    - The Leon Scully Scholarship Endowment Fund
    - The Mary Veronica Scully Endowment Fund
    - Park B. Smith ’50 Endowed Scholarship Fund
    - Duane & Nancy St. John Scholarship Fund
    - Wilf Family Scholarship Endowment Fund

    In FY2016 alone, financial aid supported 163 students with a total of $4.6 million.

Read on to learn one family’s journey, over multiple generations, toward establishing a brand new financial aid scholarship and gymnasium endowment fund in honor of its Pingry roots.

Paying It Forward

Paying It Forward

William "Mac" Bristol '39 (pictured at left) inspired his children to create an endowed fund.

Family honors its long Pingry history with a gift for the School’s future.

By way of a generous estate gift allocated to Pingry by William “Mac” Bristol III ’39, Mac Bristol’s children recently had the opportunity to decide how best to honor their father’s wishes to give back to his school, as well as how best to honor their father. The trust stipulated that funds go to Pingry’s endowment, in part to establish a permanent building fund for the Madeleine Wild Bristol Gymnasium, named for Mac’s mother. Siblings Brian ’69, Pamela, and Sandy were quick to fulfill their father’s desire to endow the gymnasium. They also directed a portion of the gift to the Madeleine Wild Bristol Music Prize Scholarship, through which the Bristol family has long recognized the musical talents of accomplished Pingry students and provided needed financial aid to students.

With a considerable amount of the gift remaining, the Bristols chose to create an endowed fund that would uniquely honor their father’s memory and the extraordinary leadership he exhibited, not just as a tri-varsity athlete and senior class president but also throughout his life. The newly established William McLaren Bristol III, Class of 1939, Leadership Scholarship Fund will be given to Upper School students in need who also demonstrate leadership in some aspect of school life. The family members note the importance of identifying and publicly recognizing leadership, explaining that “in addition to honoring their dad’s legacy, the scholarship is designed to acknowledge and reward leadership qualities and encourage desperately needed leadership in this country.” Because “leadership is instilled early on, it’s our hope to support young leaders at Pingry who will go on to accomplish great things.”

Asked what he might say as a former trustee to the parents of an incoming Pingry student, Brian says, “A Pingry education is a great gift. Whether one is paying full tuition or receiving a full scholarship, everyone is receiving financial aid . . . . No one’s tuition covers the full cost of a Pingry education.” It’s therefore critical, he emphasizes, “that every family involved with the school support financial aid, through the annual fund or, if possible, the endowment.”

 

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Endowment

Growing Endowment

The Blueprint for the Future Campaign grew Pingry’s endowment by $28 million, leading to the creation of 21 new endowed funds for academic programs, faculty support, financial aid, student prizes, building funds, and general endowment.

The following endowed funds were created during the Campaign.

  • Academic Programs

    - The Chen Family Fund for the Chinese Language Program
    - The Antoine du Bourg Endowed Fund for Music
    - Global Initiatives Endowment Fund

  • Other

    - Madeleine Wild Bristol Gymnasium Endowment Fund
    - Short Hills Kitchen Garden Endowed Fund

  • Faculty Support and Development

    - The Chen Family Faculty Award for World Languages
    - The Greig Family Endowed Faculty Chair
    - Ittycheria Teaching/Learning Regression Endowment Fund
    - The John “Mags” Magadini Varsity Boys’ Ice Hockey Coaching Position
    - The Wilf Family Collaborative Learning and Innovation Fund

  • Financial Aid Scholarships

    - The Albert Booth Scholarship Endowment Fund
    - William McLaren Bristol III, Class of 1939, Leadership Scholarship Fund
    -Herbert H. Busch Jr. '55 Memorial Football/Lacrosse Scholarship Endowment
    - The Donald R. Dixon '65 Financial Aid Endowment Fund
    - The Leon Scully Scholarship Endowment Fund
    - The Mary Veronica Scully Endowment Fund
    - Park B. Smith ’50 Endowed Scholarship Fund
    - Duane & Nancy St. John Scholarship Fund
    - Wilf Family Scholarship Endowment Fund

  • Student Prizes

    - Robotics Prize
    - The Sandy Apruzzese Big Blue Award

Planned Giving

Planned Gifts Constitute Nearly One-Fifth of Campaign Funds Raised

“Planned giving is a critical yet seldom-touted part of every large campaign effort. During Blueprint for the Future, Pingry donors made essential contributions—totaling $14.4 million—through their estate plans. These planned gifts represented a significant 19 percent of all Campaign funds raised.” —Edward S. Atwater IV ’63
Chair, C.B. Newton Society

The C.B. Newton Society, which recognizes individuals who have made estate commitments to Pingry, grew by 69 donors during the Campaign, signifying a 52 percent increase in membership. Read on about a multigenerational Pingry family who chose to support the School through an estate gift.

Dr. Richard Weiss and Dr. Sandy Harmon-Weiss Instill a Legacy of Giving Back

Dr. Richard Weiss and Dr. Sandy Harmon-Weiss Instill a Legacy of Giving Back

Dr. Richard '55 and Dr. Sandy Harmon-Weiss GP '17, '18, '21 gave a legacy gift to Pingry athletics.

Dr. Richard Weiss ’55, GP ’17, ’18, ’21, looks back fondly on his years at Pingry.

He recalls with clarity the transition from the school in Elizabeth to its “new” location in Hillside his senior year, calling it “a wonderful improvement. We were very excited to make the move.” After Pingry, Richard studied dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania. “My preparation at Pingry was so good,” he recalls, “I think I had an easier time at Penn.”

Now an emeritus faculty member at Temple University, Richard has been a doctor, an Associate Professor of Dentistry, and even a Trans-Am National Championship driver. His wife, Dr. Sandra “Sandy” Harmon-Weiss, who had a successful medical practice and acted as Head of Government Programs and Medicare Compliance Officer for Aetna, is an active Trustee of Temple University. The two agree there are two standout elements that have enriched their lives: The Pingry School and a belief in philanthropy. “We really believe in giving back,” says Richard. “It leads to a better, more well-rounded life and adds another dimension to sharing your life with others.” The couple has initiated endowed scholarships for medical students and nursing students; they have sponsored exhibits at Winterthur Museum and served on numerous boards at the museum. The couple supports the Coast Guard through Operation Fireside, bringing Coast Guard recruits into their Cape May home for a dinner and conversation on Thanksgiving and Christmas. They also gave a legacy gift to Pingry athletics during the Blueprint for the Future Campaign.

A swimmer, rifle club shooter, and member of Pingry’s first lacrosse team (a club sport at the time), Richard values the inclusiveness and team-building that athletics offers to students, providing them not just an education but also guidance to become leaders and people of great character. “It’s critical to the future of the soon-to-be graduates,” Sandy adds, “that they are always encouraged to strive for the very best.”

To ensure their gift would enable Pingry to continue its mission, the couple set up a charitable gift annuity (CGA). “It really is a win-win,” Richard explains. “You can’t go wrong.” The two consider CGAs a great giving vehicle, especially later in life. They wish to create a legacy among their children and grandchildren—a family that gives back. “My three grandkids [who all attend Pingry] can get much the same benefit and head start that I was fortunate enough to have,” says Richard. “Those fortunate enough to give back can and should. We are so pleased and blessed to be able to do that.”

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Financials