Focus on Giving: Creative Arts Center Fundraising Reaches 50%

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From the Fall 2011 Caller

By Craig Hartzman

You learned about the future Creative Arts Center and the accompanying fundraising campaign in the summer issue of the Caller. We have progressed since then! As co-chair of the Campaign for Arts and Minds alongside Clare Hamill, trustee and parent of an alumna, I’m so happy to report that fundraising for the Creative Arts Center has crossed the 50% mark. As of November 3, we have raised $3.48 million and are $2.04 million from being able to break ground on this most important project. This outpouring of generosity is a testament to the enormous value our community puts on fostering creativity in our children.
But we are not there yet! The Campaign Committee and I are continuing to work hard to finish what we call the leadership phase of the fundraising effort, in which we are seeking gifts in the $25,000 to $500,000 range that form the corpus of the project. I look forward to a point when gifts at every level will be welcomed. As always, we encourage everyone in the community to continue supporting the Annual Fund, which should always be your first gift to Catlin Gabel in any given school year.
A quick personal note: my children started in the Beehive and are now in the Upper School. Having been at Catlin Gabel for the better part of the last decade, I consider myself to be a lifer alongside my daughter and son. Over these years I have been hard at work serving on the Annual Fund volunteer committee; chairing the Gambol; folding endless rows of shirts and bundling 1s, 5s, and 10s at Rummage; and supporting past campaigns for the Beehive, Miller Library, and Hillman Modern Languages buildings. You would think that I would find a way to enjoy my final four Catlin Gabel years in retirement. But when Lark Palma, head of school, and Miranda Wellman ’91, director of advancement, came knocking on my door last year to talk about leading the effort for the Creative Arts Center, I listened to the case they put forth, and I simply could not say no. The need for this building is very apparent once you tour the Middle and Upper School art facilities. While functional and safe, the word “inspiration” certainly escapes you. The vision and the need for this building have been well documented for over 20 years—the time for this is now!
To learn more about the Creative Arts Center project, visit or contact Eileen Andersen, director of development, at or 503-297-1894 ext. 306.