Cincinnati Country Day School's annual Leadership Donor event drew an eclectic crowd of alumni, parents and past parents – a testament to the impact that the school continues to have on students and families long after graduation.
More than 90 people gathered at The Summit Hotel where Head of School Tony Jaccaci and Board of Trustee Chair Jody Brant '87 thanked donors for their generous support, which helps bridge the gap between tuition and the total cost of a Country Day education.
A senior scholarship student recounted her years at Country Day where she's been successful in academics and athletics. She expressed how thankful she is for the opportunities she's had at CCDS.
"I know I'm speaking on behalf of the entire Country Day community when I say thank you, because your generosity helps out so many families. I would not be who I am today if I had not been able to go here. I couldn't be more excited about the future, but none of it would be possible without all of you."
Among those attending the event was Roger Kafker '80 a donor who recently initiated the Triumphant Scholars fund. Kafker initially donated $2 million for the fund and then pledged another $1 million if the CCDS community raised $1 million in a year. The community met that challenge, and his donation, along with the support of generous alumni and parents, will eventually provide scholarships for 10 worthy students.
Also attending were Anne and Craig Maier '67 whose three children graduated from Country Day. The Maiers still maintain strong ties with the school.
"Craig and I continue to stay involved with Cincinnati Country Day School because our children not only benefited from an excellent education, but we also developed relationships with other families for life," Anne said.
"The CCDS community is a very special group of caring and diverse individuals who value education and who believe we all need to make a difference in this world. These are all important to us."
Current parents were well represented, including Rob '98 and Rania Zimmerman, whose two sons attend Country Day. "It was great to see so many faces," Rob said. "This sense of community is part of what makes Country Day special for me and my children."
When asked what makes Country Day special, Woody Taft '87 said, "Every time I'm at Country Day, students and faculty look me in the eye and say hello. As a parent, it is so important that my children are known by their school community. They will take that attitude with them wherever they go."