The Crossnore School Ends Successful $21.4M Second Century Campaign

Published Friday, June 26, 2015 at 4:21 pm
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In honor of the Williams’ commitment, Crossnore Academy, a K-12 public charter school on the campus of The Crossnore School, was renamed Marjorie Williams Academy in 2014. Completion of the high school is slated for July 2015.

On May 30, The Crossnore School’s Second Century Campaign ended as an overwhelming success. First conceived in 2010 as a $13 million fundraising effort to grow the School’s endowment, the Campaign grew in 2013 into a $20 million campaign in support of endowment and capital needs.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the love and generosity extended to our children,” said Crossnore School CEO Brett Loftis. “The success of the Second Century Campaign ensures that the work we do here will continue for another 100 years. The Crossnore School is truly blessed.”

In 2013, the scope of the Second Century Campaign was expanded to include two capital priorities. The Campaign’s capital initiative gained momentum after Donna and Ken Lewis of Charlotte committed $1 million in support of the School’s new Young Children’s Village. The Young Children’s Village is a 3-acre property adjacent to campus featuring three 8,000 square foot cottages designed to house elementary-aged and younger children. The groundbreaking for the Young Children’s Village was held on May 30.

Shortly afterwards, Marjorie and Leonard Williams of Orlando, Fla., pledged $1.3 million to build a high school building adjacent to the existing Wayne Densch Education Building. In honor of the Williams’ commitment, Crossnore Academy, a K-12 public charter school on the campus of The Crossnore School, was renamed Marjorie Williams Academy in 2014. Completion of the high school is slated for July 2015.

During the final stages of the Campaign, the School received an anonymous $250,000 challenge gift to pay off the School’s $750,000 debt. Two gifts later, the challenge was met and The Crossnore School retired all debt in May.

“It has been a privilege for me to have been part of this and to have seen the extraordinary generosity of so many people,” said Campaign Chair Bick Cardwell of Atlanta, GA. “The result of this campaign will truly change the lives of many people.”

The Campaign concluded $1,410,842 over the $20 million goal. Although campaign efforts have come to a successful close, Caroline Hart, Chief Advancement Officer states that much work remains on The Crossnore School campus. “Now it’s time to build on the great momentum created by the Campaign. Just because our Campaign needs have been met, does not mean the everyday needs of our children have diminished.”

For more information about the Crossnore School, visit www.crossnoreschool.org. If you are interested in touring the campus or if you have questions, please contact Jordan Slagle, Director of Communications, at (828)733-4305.

About The Crossnore School:

The Crossnore School is located in Crossnore and serves as a residential foster care home for children in crisis from North Carolina. The School provides a Christian Sanctuary of hope and healing where students rise above their circumstances and excel both in school and in life.

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