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Parents fund pushes to meet 2011 goal

The parents fund is trailing where it was at this point last year. As of February 15, it had raised $55,000 of its $100,000 goal with a June 30 deadline looming. This year’s goal is the highest ever for the fund.

“I remain hopeful that we will get there,” Lori Burlingham, assistant director of development, said. “The fall appeal had an excellent return rate, and the fall phonathon numbers were up. So there are some good pledges out there; the phonathon team has been fabulous.”

The parents fund goes to support Transylvania’s J. Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library, which has embarked on a $5.2 million fund-raising campaign. If the library meets that goal, it activates a $1 million grant that will bring the total to $6.2 million to enhance the library and its collections and staffing. The parents fund counts toward that $5.2 million.

“Parents and grandparents have really been stepping up in recent years to give for this fund, and we are excited to see that continue,” Burlingham said. “Every one of our students benefits greatly from our library, and we want to make it an even better experience.”

Carmen Covert, mother of alumna Lauren Covert ’08, said she continues to support the parents fund because of how special the school was to her daughter.

“I love Transylvania,” she said. “It’s a quality education, and the way it challenges the students and develops them is great. The library is a wealth of information and has lots of resources to open doors for students to do things they didn’t think they could ever experience.”

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