Members of the Class of 1989 have watched as Haverford School maximized its campus, as Episcopal Academy relocated outside the city in order to grow, and as other Inter-Ac rivals have expanded facilities.
These OPCs are now excited to give up some Penn Charter open space not to compete in a facilities showdown but to provide the best to be the best, and to do so on the campus they call home.
In a fundraising effort that they shaped around their 30th Penn Charter reunion, the Class of 1989 dedicated its reunion gift to the new Athletics & Wellness Center, a facility they recognize will attract top athletes and elevate both athletic performance and Penn Charter’s commitment to mental and physical wellness.
In the words of John S. Michener OPC ’89, “It was time. And it will be great for the future of the school.”
The Class of 1989 has seven, soon to be eight, OPCs who are current parents, establishing a strong sense of connection to Penn Charter today, and, as a result, passion and momentum to support the school and its mission.
The class set a $100,000 fundraising goal to name a space within the new center in honor of the Class of 1989. Spearheaded by the efforts of Michener and the reunion committee, they were able to connect with and inspire classmates through emails, calls and social media. Their efforts also generated a terrific turnout at their class party at Philadelphia Cricket Club. The party guests included many spouses, plus guest appearances by Chris Teare, assistant lacrosse coach during their PC days, and “Mrs. Ball,” longtime math teacher and beloved adviser to many in the class.
They had a great weekend and, Michener said, “some guys came in pretty big” on behalf of the fundraising effort.
Stephanie Ball, PC associate director of development, recognized the power of a joint fundraising effort. “As the 300th class to graduate from PC, the Class of 1989 has always had a special bond and, like most OPCs, they see themselves not just as individuals but as part of a greater whole.
“This is a perfect example of how a group can get together and make a significant impact—meaningful both to celebrate a reunion and for this class to make history again by being part of PC’s incredible campus transformation.”