St. Andrew's, 1959 – In a Class by Themselves
Gardner Wright (St. Andrew's School, Class of 1959 and former SAS Trustee) led the charge for his 45th reunion. As reunion chair, Gardner spent over a year reconnecting and communicating with classmates, leading to remarkable attendance. He and his wife Judy also chose to mark the occasion by making provisions for SAS in their estate plans and joining the SAS Mountain Society.
Gardner felt so good about reconnecting with old friends and making a long-term commitment to SAS that he wanted to encourage his classmates to share the feeling. As an SAS Trustee, Gardner realized the importance of planned giving to the mission of St. Andrew's-Sewanee and understood that many alumni and friends are at a stage when they are considering their own estate planning. He wanted to do something to unite his classmates in meaningful support for the school that had meant so much to them.
Because of Gardner's hard work, 90% of his class members are now members of the Mountain Society. Reflecting on the project, Gardner noted, "Our class is an especially close group. I knew we would rally around making a statement of support that would be of lasting value to the school. They understand the importance of leaving a legacy. Participation in the Mountain Society is the key to building a successful endowment and we made it clear that all gifts are welcome. Imagine the impact on the future of SAS if every class were to reach for 100% participation."