We are pleased to welcome you to the website for our largest signature fundraising event of the year, CountryDate. All the proceeds from the event have an immediate impact on the lives of students, faculty and staff – as well as the programs that truly strengthen the CCDS experience.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 4, 2017 and plan to join us for CountryDate 2017, Committed to the Future. This sumptuous evening will feature cocktails, exquisite food, silent and live auctions and promises to be the CCDS event of the year!

Aside from attending this fantastic evening, there are many ways you can be involved. Click on the links below to see details.


CountryDate News

CountryDate: Committed to Service volunteers pack 20,350 meals

More than 150 Country Day volunteers of all ages gathered Saturday to pack 20,350 meals in less than two hours for world hunger relief. The packing event, CountryDate: Committed to Service, was held on the Dining Terrace.

CCDS collaborated with the Stop Hunger Now organization to pack nutrient-rich meals for schools or institutions serving undernourished students across the globe.

Stop Hunger Now, through its mobile operation, delivered the ingredients and supplies from Indianapolis. Volunteers set up and dismantled packaging stations and equipment, filled bins with raw ingredients, scooped ingredients into meal bags, weighed and sealed the bags, boxed and stacked them on pallets, and loaded the pallets and equipment onto a truck.

Volunteers stayed motivated with a gong sounding as packing milestones were reached. Perfect Day DJs provided music that also fired up the crowd. After the event, volunteers were invited to try samples of a cooked meal.

According to Stop Hunger Now's website, the assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a packet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. The food is stored easily, transported quickly and has a shelf-life of two years.

Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has provided more than 225 million meals in 74 countries. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, the organization operates throughout the U.S. and through affiliates in developing countries.

CountryDate: Committed to Service was the second of three events to demonstrate commitment to the school. The final event, CountryDate: Committed to the Future, will be held Saturday, March 4, at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

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CountryDate Raffle: Last student ticket sales turn-in Friday, Jan. 27

Check your mailboxes! By now you should've received in the U.S. mail a Raffle Ticket Kit for each of your students, grades K-12. This year students may participate in selling raffle tickets for CountryDate 2017! Like me, you may have had the formative experience of selling school fundraising items when you were students. Selling chocolates, wrapping paper and popcorn taught me how to articulate why my school was important to me and gave me an opportunity to participate in helping the school.

The CountryDate raffle is more calorie conscious than fundraising of days' past! This year's raffle tickets are $50.00 each for a chance to win the grand prize of a new Mazda Miata convertible or $20,000.00 cash!

·Each student, grades K-12 who sells at least 5 tickets will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win their choice of one of three prizes! (Odds of winning are a maximum of 3-in-720, depending on how many students sell 5 tickets.)

    • A private suite at a 2017 FC Cincinnati game for 25 people (two suites/games will be given away).
    • or a new iPhone 7 Plus.

·The top ticket seller in each grade will be entered in a raffle with a 1-in-13 chance of winning a trip to Washington, D.C. for their immediate family!

    • Airfare and lodging included for a 4 day, 3-night trip!

·Other prizes will be awarded on "Ticket Turn in Days" to all students who sell at least one ticket.

  • First Ticket Turn-in day- December 16, 2016
  • Second Ticket Turn-in day- January 6, 2017
  • Final day to turn in tickets- January 27, 2017

·Drawing for student prizes will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017

·Raffle drawing will be held at the CountryDate gala on March 4, 2017

Beyond selling raffle tickets, this is an opportunity talk to our children about the economics of our amazing school. Annual fundraising is a critical part of how we fulfill the promises of our school's mission. Empowering our kids to be an active part of fueling the school's future is not something we should shy away from.

I will be encouraging my children to explain why CCDS is special to them when selling their five tickets. My hope is the experience will help appreciate the opportunities CCDS provides and leave them feeling empowered when we celebrate the amazing, cumulative efforts of the student body!

If you have questions, contact me ( or Emily Zunda ( in the Development Office.

To purchase your tickets online go to

I appreciate your support and Commitment to CCDS!


Nick Recker

CountryDate Chair

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