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Darrow Receives $500,000 Gift
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Darrow Receives $500,000 Gift

Funds will support the Designing Darrow campaign

Simon Holzapfel, Head of Darrow School, has announced receipt of an anonymous $500,000 gift in support of the School’s recently launched capital campaign, Designing Darrow: The Campus Campaign, which entered its public phase in June 2017. Holzapfel said the gift was made by a Darrow family who chooses to remain anonymous. Holzapfel announced the gift at an all-school Donor Appreciation Event on October 20, before an audience of students, faculty, trustees, and supporters.

“The gift is a deeply magnanimous and supportive expression of this family’s devotion to Darrow School,” Holzapfel said, noting that 70 percent of the Designing Darrow $7.5 million goal had already been raised during the silent phase. “Now, as we are beginning the public phase, we have raised $5,700,000 and have achieved 76 percent of our goal,” he said.

Designing Darrow: The Campus Campaign, is a five-year, multi-phase effort to improve both historic and modern structures throughout the Church and Center Family areas of the original Mount Lebanon Shaker campus. Previously raised funds have already been applied to create a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center (which opened in 2015); a completely renovated campus kitchen; the establishment of dedicated spaces for the Academic Mentorship and College Counseling programs in the library; the relocation and renovation of the School’s Health Services Center; renovations and improvements to faculty and student housing; and the implementation of program upgrades and energy-conservation measures in the most-used building on the campus, the 1963 Dairy Barn.

The centerpiece of Designing Darrow, Holzapfel said, is the Campus Core Green Space project (architectural rendering pictured), which aims to redesign the central three-acre portion of the campus grounds in order to create a magnetic pedestrian green space that enriches the life and culture of the School. The proposed Campus Core project includes dynamic outdoor classroom, communal, and recreational areas; reconfigured pathways, parking and lighting; and interactive way-finding and signage schemes. Darrow has partnered with Burlington, Vermont, landscape design firm Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture for the design and implementation of the Campus Core project, and with Hargidon Architecture + Design of Salem, Massachusetts, for the work on the Dairy Barn, which is being designed and supervised by professional architect Michael Hardiman, AIA, a member of Darrow’s Class of 1975.

Designing Darrow: The Campus Campaign

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Media inquiries: Email Steve Ricci, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 518-794-6004. Hi-res photos of already-completed projects, as well as architectural renderings for planned improvements are available upon request.

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