Sunday, June 7, 2015

The 209 class gift

The following letter was sent to the GHS Alumni Association on behalf of the generous 209. Although the letter lists $13,000 as the class gift total, contributions have continued to trickle in since the letter was sent, and the final total is not yet available.
Shout on high the ringing praises,
Loyal, strong and true.
Bring we to our Alma Mater
Trust and honor due;
Other off'rings have we none,
Save our love for thee;
Then accept this one oblation,
Our fidelity.


Ms. Toni Bailey Nottingham
President, Alumnae Association
Philadelphia High School for Girls

Dear Toni:

Despite the chronic crisis in public school funding, graduating from our beloved Alma Mater remains an honor and a privilege thanks to the strong leadership of Principal Dr. Parthenia Moore, the loyalty of the faculty, bright students who care - and a devoted Alumnae Association.

As we prepared for our 50th Reunion, members of the 209th Graduating Class were delighted to learn that choral music remains a cherished GHS tradition. But we were deeply saddened to hear that the Carol Assembly was cancelled this year because the school budget could no longer stretch to cover faculty overtime for after-school enrichment activities. A silent Treble Clef? Unthinkable!

We were therefore determined to raise a substantial gift - setting our goal at 209 times 50 years. When they were asked to demonstrate their devotion to the school, our classmates' generosity far exceeded expectations. These women still care deeply about Girls High, and proved it!

Please, 'then, accept this one oblation', our Class Gift of ($13,000). We give this sum with the intent that it be used to launch a Fund specifically dedicated to underwrite expenses associated with Treble Clef, including faculty overtime for Rehearsals.

To all of you who care so much, we send our sincere thanks for your dedication and commitment to the school. We salute you for all the work you do. Please believe members of the 209 continue to support you and sincerely wish to see those efforts crowned with success.

Most cordially,

Linda Lieberman Dennery
Class of June '65, the 209th Graduating Class

11 May 2015
cc Dr. Parthenia Moore, Principal, Philadelphia High School for Girls

1 comment:

  1. That is a stupendous gift, and I am proud to have had a small part in it. Thank you for supporting Treble Clef. Many people affected me at GHS, and Mr. Murphy was one of the biggies. I'm so happy our class was able to fund music for the girls.


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