Thank you for making Giving Day 2021 such a smashing success. Together, 866 donors raised more than $1.3 million to support teaching and learning. Generous challenge donors galvanized donor support to make this one of our most successful Giving Days: Jason ’97 and Mary Dillow, Douglas ’58 and Cynthia Crocker, Molly de Ramel ’88 and Guillaume de Ramel P ’24, Yeng Felipe Butler ’92 and Charles K. Butler P ’25 ’33, and Ivan ’92 and Angie Ting P ’22, along with anonymous donors. Their combined support added more than $245,000 to our Giving Day totals.
The Milton community recently heard from acclaimed jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg ’91 during a webinar made possible by the Melissa Dilworth Gold ‘61 Visiting Artist Fund. Aaron spoke about his journey to becoming a musician, how he developed his own music style and why he continues to push himself as a professional. He even included a special musical performance of John Coltrane’s ballad “Lonnie’s Lament.” Learn more about his visit.
Patrick Radden Keefe ’94 was featured on NPR’s, Fresh Air to discuss his new book “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty.” Interviewed by Terry Gross, Patrick explains the history of the Sackler family, the owners of Purdue Pharma, whose actions contributed to the opioid crisis. Learn more about the history of the Sackler family and listen to the full interview.
Milton recently had the honor of hosting a webinar titled “Presidential Politics: Building a Legacy,” featuring LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Atwood Lawrence ’84, moderated by Doug Chavez ’93. The event featured a presentation of the museum’s collection, a discussion on presidential legacies, and a lively question-and-answer session with attendees. Watch the webinar to learn more.
Save the date, Milton’s virtual Reunion for classes ending in 0, 1, 5 and 6 will take place on Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21. Visit your class page on our Reunion website to connect with former classmates. Have a favorite photo from your time at Milton? Share it on your class page or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in a video we’re creating for the event.
The Milton Academy Performing Arts department recently held its annual Winter Dance Concert featuring student dancers and choreographers in an impressive display of talent and technology integration. The event also included guest appearances by Milton alumni, who performed to a song choreographed by Jidenna ’03. Missed the show? Watch the full performance.
Haley Hunt ’17, a TODAY Show intern, helped produce a record-breaking valentine segment for Hoda & Jenna. The piece broke a record for most vow renewal ceremonies performed online simultaneously. In support of this project, Haley researched participants from across the country and helped design graphics for the segment. “This project exposed me to all stages of producing a segment, from the planning to taping. The TODAY team has been so supportive, and has further inspired me to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.” Learn about the segment.
Congratulations to Milton alumni Katie Leeson ’93, Nick Hausman ’95, and Katie’s mother, Roxy Leeson, who recently released a children’s book titled, “Brave Maeve: A Story to Help Young Children and Grown-Ups Navigate COVID-19.” The book focuses on Katie’s daughter, Maeve, and how she navigates life and processes emotions during the pandemic. “We hope it’s a helpful conversation starter with kids, grandkids and special young friends,” stated Katie. The book was was included in “This Week’s Picks for Boston Families” by the Boston Globe.