On a crisp autumn evening, over 100 people – including IMS supporters, principals, pastors, board members and leadership staff – gathered to give thanks to our IMS Leadership Donors, celebrate the profound impact that their generosity continues to have on our mission and share some exciting plans for the future success of Independence Mission Schools.
We could not do what we do without our Leadership Donors, and based on a few of the anecdotal stories shared by our new Chief Development Officer, Michelle Brown, it is clear by the commitment, joy and love witnessed in our schools during her first few weeks that the work we are doing is making a positive difference in the lives of the close to 5,000 children we serve in our 15 schools across the city.
Bruce Robinson, President & CEO of IMS, shared his heartfelt gratitude for everyone in the room and expressed his excitement for the future of IMS. He also shared some of the tangible ways that the generosity of our IMS Leadership Donors has made a difference this past year – enabling us to enhance and expand our academic programs and improve the safety of our school buildings.
The lively room paused to share a moment of silence and gratitude, as our Board Chair, Brian McElwee, paid tribute to the memory of late IMS board member, Jim Broussard. Jim shared the vision of keeping Catholic education alive for our Philadelphia neighborhood children. He was with IMS from the very beginning and remained a supporter until his death this past summer. Brian also expressed his pride in the work that has been accomplished at IMS and his excitement in what lies ahead.
If these testimonies to the wonderful ways in which the support of our Leadership Donors are making a difference weren’t convincing enough, then the heart-shaped notes hand-written by students and scattered about the room certainly were!
It was a beautiful evening, filled with beautiful people with beautiful hearts, gathered together in support of a beautiful mission. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our success and join in our excitement for the future of Independence Mission Schools. Most importantly, thank you to our Leadership Donors for being true stewards of your gifts and leaders within our communities.
We’re truly blessed to have so many wonderful supporters who believe in our mission, as well as our ability to achieve it.