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Now more Than Ever
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THE CAMPAIGN FOR ABINGTON FRIENDS SCHOOL

We are thrilled to announce that
Abington Friends School has broken ground on the

Richard N. Berman Athletics Center

Thanks to generous donors to Now More Than Ever: The Campaign for
Abington Friends School, this $9 million athletics center will be a dramatic
expansion of our athletics and physical education facilities.

$8,480,000 Has Been Pledged To Date

Athletics Center Phase I ($9.65 Million)
Track and Field Phase II ($3 Million)

Together – as families, faculty and staff, alumni and friends who understand the difference AFS makes in the
world every day – we are taking bold steps forward to advance our school and mission.
Have questions about the campaign? Contact Courtney Marsallo at cmarsallo@abingtonfriends.net or 215.690.7673.

Phase I

Open as of September 6, 2019

Our new Athletics Center
is a flagship facility
for welcoming the larger
community to AFS.

We celebrated the grand opening of the Richard N. Berman Athletics Center as a community on September 6, 2019. The new Athletics Center includes:

  • A beautifully appointed lobby and gathering space
  • A competition basketball court that accommodates two practice courts
  • Expanded spectator seating
  • A state-of-the-art fitness center
  • A spacious training room
  • Team rooms and locker rooms
  • A flexible multi-purpose space for yoga, dance and community events

The facility provides a versatile and welcoming space for physical education, team practices, games and AFS community activities.

Learn More About Richard N. Berman
Richard N. Berman

Richard N. Berman

Richard N. Berman was a deeply beloved brother, son, uncle, father and grandfather in the extended Berman family, a family closely tied to the AFS community. As leaders in the Now More Than Ever Campaign, the Berman family sought to both advance the mission of AFS through the beautiful new Richard N. Berman Athletics Center and to honor the memory of Richard.

Richard was known to all – among fellow business leaders, friends, family and in the larger community – as a man of great compassion, integrity, care for others and community involvement. He lived a life of accomplishment in business leadership and contribution to the community with humility and an uncommonly generous spirit. Above all, Richard was deeply devoted to his wife, Sharyn, their six children, his loving parents, three brothers and many nieces and nephews.

Richard Berman’s life-long interest in athletics, well-being and teamwork make the Richard N. Berman Athletics Center all the more fitting in his memory. We are proud to celebrate Richard’s life and honor his memory with the Berman family in the naming of this beautiful new building.

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Phase II

A long-awaited all-weather track and turf field will provide a home for our successful and growing three-season track program, and a year-round outdoor surface for soccer, lacrosse and physical education.

Campaign Committee and Donors

Campaign Leadership Committee

The Campaign Leadership Committee (CLC) is comprised of a team of lead volunteers and School leadership who have been working since late 2016 to advance Now More Than Ever: The Campaign for Abington Friends School. CLC members are parents, alumni and alumni parents in the AFS community, all deeply committed to the school and its values. They serve as supporters of and ambassadors for Now More Than Ever and, in doing so, help strengthen AFS for students today and in the future.

Co-Chairs

  • Marc and David Berman P’19 P’20
  • Susan Salesky Rudin ’57

Volunteer Members

  • Cindy Balick P’13 P’19 P’19
  • Amy Brantz Bedrick P’15
  • Carolyn Jackson P’27 P’27
  • Margaret Sayers P’16 P’18
  • Ross Shanken P’17 P’20 P’24
  • Susan Tressider P’18

School Leadership

  • Rich Nourie, Head of School
  • Devin Schlickmann, Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement
  • Courtney Marsallo, Director of Major Giving

 

School Committee

The School Committee, comprised of current and alumni parents, alumni, and members of the Abington Monthly Meeting, sets the strategic direction and vision for the School and ensures ongoing faithfulness to our Quaker mission and values. As trustees, School Committee members have fiduciary responsibility and lead the philanthropic culture of the community with their strong support of the Annual Fund and capital campaigns such as Now More Than Ever.

  • Cindy Balick P’13 P’19 P’19
  • Marc Berman P’19 P’20
  • Amy Brantz Bedrick P’15
  • Rebecca Ethridge Bubb ’02 P’33 P’35
  • Loyda Camacho P’20
  • David Campbell P’11 P’14 P’21
  • Carl Hemenway P’04
  • Claudia Lewis P’17 P’20 P’22
  • Susan Salesky Rudin ’57
  • Deborra Sines Pancoe, AFSA
  • Tracey Sandmeyer P’08 P’11
  • Margaret Sayers P’16 P’18, Clerk
  • Adam Schorsch ’03
  • Irvin Schorsch III P ’20
  • Ross Shanken P’17 P’20 P’24
  • Michael Sperger P’15 P’18 P’21
  • Sarah Sweeney-Denham
  • Diane Vernon P’76

 

Campaign Donors

AFS is deeply grateful to the following donors who have supported Now More Than Ever with gifts and pledges totaling $8.48 million, as of September 1, 2019:

  • Anonymous (4)
  • Leonard and Madlyn Abramson
  • Angelo and Sonia Adams P’09 P’14
  • Bianca Adams ’14
  • AFS Class of 2019
  • AFS Daisy Troop #7002
  • AFS XC and Track & Field Teams in Honor of Coach Kyle Rankin
  • Alicia and Christopher Agoglia P’14 P’16
  • Kenneth and Diane Ahl P’01 P’05
  • Richard Ahl ’05 and Samantha Rothberg
  • Airan-Javias P’27 P’30
  • Zachary Alper ’90
  • John and Lynn Apfelbaum P’01 P’04
  • Jackie Arnold, AFSA, and Robert Arnold, P’96 P’99
  • Benjamin and Jane Ashcom P’84
  • Adrienne Avery, AFSA, and William Avery P’16 P’20
  • Gina and Isaac Baah P’20
  • The Balick Family
  • Matthew Balick ’13 and Nicole Goroshovsky ’13
  • Elaine Barrett P’90
  • Jordan and Pierre Bastien P’28
  • Carol and Bruce Beaton P’10
  • Barry Bedrick, AFSA, and Susan Bedrick
  • Amy Brantz Bedrick and Rick Bedrick P’15
  • Doris Benfer G’24
  • Thomas Bengtson
  • Allison Kanofsky Berg ’89 and Larry Berg
  • Fred and Bryna Berman P’08
  • Jordan and Deanna Berman G’04 G’06 G’08 G’19 G’20 GG’30
  • Marc and David Berman P’19 P’20
  • Sharyn Berman and Charles Meyers G’30
  • Steve and Ilene Berman P’04 P’06
  • Nancy Zurn Bernardini ’74 and Steven Bernardini
  • Robert Bettiker and Robert Grundmeier P’24
  • Kenneth Biehn P’83
  • Janet Binswanger P’08 P’12 P’16
  • David and Nina Bisbee P’16
  • Bob and Louise Blanchard
  • Lowell and Richard Booth
  • Marcia Boraas and Eugene Lugano P’10 P’13
  • Joan N. Brantz G’15
  • Rebecca Ethridge Bubb ’02 and Michael Bubb ’03, P’33 P’35
  • Lisa and Mike Budd P’22 P’24 P’27
  • Sandra Burney G’21
  • Christopher Butters and Bette Druck
  • Jillian Stauffer Butters ’08 and Alejandro Butters
  • Jonathan Butters and Jacqueline Johnson
  • Melissa and James Calder P’32 P’35
  • Loyda Camacho and Jerry Fluellen P’20
  • The Campbell Family
  • Jocelyn Faulkner Casey ’97 and James Casey
  • Stephen and Riza Cebula P’24
  • Jamie and Rachel Chadwin
  • Steve and Sherrea Chadwin
  • Darren Check ’92 and Priya Jairaj Check ’91
  • Karen Cheney and Tom Avril P’16 P’21
  • Aleese Chorice P’28
  • Sarah Churchill ’08
  • Lisa and Artur Cideciyan P’21
  • Amy and Michael Cohen P’20
  • Reina and Michael Cohen P’23 P’26
  • Anne Schreiber Collins ’48
  • Paula Cohen Corbman and Scott Corbman P’03
  • Stacey and Daniel Cunitz P’22
  • Christopher D’Angelo ’98 and Katie D’Angelo
  • Desmond Daniels ’17
  • Davatzes Family Foundation
  • Alexandra and Nicholas Davatzes P’23 P’27
  • Keri and Jason Delp P’29
  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Shelly Dorfman
  • Gene and Joyce Douglas G’16 G’18
  • Shalona Douglas P’27
  • Bonnie Draper ’67
  • Marsha and Joseph Dratch P’00
  • Eileen Dunn and Sean Graber P’26 P’29
  • Annette Eddowes-Kiernan and Matthew Kiernan P’21 P’23
  • Laura and Riad El-Dada P’15 P’18
  • Karolye Eldridge
  • Andrea Emmons and Won Yoon P’24
  • Michael Erlich P’20
  • Scott Erman ’86 and Nancy Erman
  • Matthew Eskin and Kristin Romens P’27 P’32
  • Jane Esslinger ’07
  • Robert and Doris Fanelli P’04 P’07
  • The Faulkner Family Foundation
  • Karen Feisullin and Stephen Chrzanowski P’24 P’28
  • Anne Fields
  • Julia and Samuel Finney P’16
  • Carla Fisher ’85
  • Susan and Stewart Fisher P’13
  • The Fishman Family
  • Joyce Greenawalt Fleming ’60 and David Fleming
  • Nica Waters Fleming and Robert Fleming P’18 P’20
  • Molly McDonald Foley ’92
  • Doris Foster
  • Patricia Frankel G’24
  • Karl Frey G’23
  • Carol Frieder, AFSA and Samuel Frieder, P’76 P’80 P’82 P’85
  • Samuel Frieder ’82 and Wendy Frieder
  • G.W. Jr. Music, Inc.
  • John and Beverly Gandolfo
  • Donna Garner G’20
  • Heidi Miller Garnick ’82 and Robert Garnick
  • Lindsey Garrison ’07
  • Kathleen and Leonard Garza P’13 P’14 P’15
  • Arlene Wattis Gates ’59
  • Kevin and Janet Gift G’27 G’31
  • Saly A. Glassman and Ira S. Berman/YouThePlanet Foundation
  • Marjorie and Howard Gleit P’89
  • Marla Gold and Debra Brady P’22
  • Lauren Goldenberg ’80 and Leo Levin
  • Sean Gor ’22
  • Ann Packer Guillot ’66
  • Matthew and Audra Gurin P’12 P’14
  • Brenda Hamilton P’96 G’27 G’31
  • Dagmar Strandberg Hamilton ’49
  • Margaret Harrington and Mark Emery P’21
  • Edward and Mary Hayes G’19 G’21
  • Pamela Heacock ’78
  • Melissa Henry P’27
  • Maria and David Hill P’21
  • Jessica and Robert Hoepfl
  • Randy and Pam Hoepfl
  • In Honor of Richa Chauhan
  • In Honor of Lena Ingerman
  • In Honor of Louis Platt ’17
  • The Huggins Family
  • Elliot Ingerman
  • Ira Ingerman G’13 G’19
  • Randi Ingerman
  • Carolyn and Gabriel Jackson P’27 P’27
  • Ahashta Johnson and Daniel Odom-Woodlin P’22 P’30
  • David Jordan G’18
  • Rachel Kane, AFSA
  • Laine and Fred Kaplan
  • Jill Paul Kaplan ’98
  • Arati Karnik and Lex Denysenko P’28 P’30
  • Stephanie Hindin Katz ’70 and Stan Katz
  • Margaret Keane and Steven Locke P’13 P’15
  • Donna Bleznak Keller and Stefan Keller P’23
  • Hossein Kholghi and Victoria Mikus
  • John and Jean Kiernan G’20
  • Maria Kiernan and Salvatore G. Rotella, Jr. P’20
  • Kimberly and Daniel Kilpatrick P’22
  • Jonathan Korein and Jane Rovins P’07 P’11 G’27
  • Robert Krull G’23 G’27
  • Wayne Kurtz and Lisa Treadway-Kurtz P’14 P’18 P’22
  • Fiona Kyck and Paul Rossi P’24 P’27
  • Sandra Laiss-Sarkisian and Aram Sarkisian P’30
  • Miriam Lango and David Powlen P’25
  • David Leeser ’88 and Jodi Leeser
  • Robin Lerner and James Jolinger P’19
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • Margaret Lockwood ’90
  • Charles and Clarabon Logan P’87
  • Susan and Terrance Lohr P’24 P’24
  • Harry and Phyllis Longenbach G’08 G’15
  • Kathryn Lopez
  • Laura Lundy ’84
  • Valerie Lush and Betty Danley P’21
  • Shuting and Hong Ma P’25
  • Andrea and Thomas Macey P’17
  • Jonathan Makler ’95 and Elise Makler
  • Susan and Todd Makler P’92 P’95
  • Carl and Marla Manstein P’08 P’12
  • Courtney and Matt Marsallo
  • Anne and Phillip Martin P’27
  • Lynne Koolpe Mass, AFSA, and Burton Mass, G’20
  • Elizabeth Mayers ’63
  • Cynthia and Thomas McCloskey G’32
  • Claire McCusker and Jonathan Levy P’19
  • John McGlynn ’09
  • Kelly McGlynn ’11
  • Margie and Kevin McGlynn P’09 P’11
  • Michelle McKiernan and Stephen Conway P’32
  • Keith McKnight ’04
  • Marianne Wehner Mebane ’48
  • Jacqueline Miles-Sousa P’19 P’22
  • Tracy Mills and Roderick Julye P’22
  • Rosanna Mirabile
  • Rosanne Mistretta and Steven Miano P’09 P’12
  • Ferne Moffson, AFSA, and Phillip Moffson, P’94
  • Carol Moore
  • Elizabeth Mosley, AFSA
  • Sandra Scott Mraz and Dave Mraz P’09
  • Holly and Barry Myers P’11 P’13
  • Shira Neuberger and Kelly Durand P’19 P’22
  • Lindsay and Paul Newlon P’27 P’31
  • Kimberly Nitzky ’93
  • Rich and Robin Nourie P’10 P’13
  • Anne Peterson Ogan ’65 and Nick Ogan
  • Deborra Sines Pancoe, AFSA, and Craig Pancoe, AFSA
  • Bernard and Mary Grace Panzak P’17
  • Kathryn and Hector Perez P’19 P’21
  • The Perry Family
  • Bethany Perry and Seth Newman P’19 P’21
  • Pine Forest Camp
  • Cameron Plenty P’18
  • Ivan and Susan Popkin P’89
  • Neil Powlen P’25
  • Aliza and Aaron Rabinowitz P’23 P’25
  • Janani Rangaswami P’27
  • Shalimar Reddy ’98 and Carl Ridenhour, P’18
  • Jake and Betsy Roak G’22 G’24 G’27
  • Conrod Robinson P’12 P’19
  • Jill and Gary Rosenfeld P’17
  • Noah Rosenfeld ’17
  • Susan Salesky Rudin ’57
  • Amy and Mitchell Russell P’11 P’16
  • Don and Dawn Salmon
  • Daniel Samuels ’06
  • James Samuels P’22
  • Robert Sanchez P’03 P’05
  • Rodney and Tracey Sandmeyer P’08 P’11
  • Kenan Sayers ’18
  • Margaret and Steven Sayers P’16 P’18
  • Martha Scache
  • Steven Scharf ’79 and Renae Scharf
  • Brian Schiff and Susan Kardon
  • Devin and Megan Schlickmann
  • Genevieve Schmidt Camacho and Thomas Quinn P’20 P’23
  • Irvin and Marilyn Schorsch P’20
  • David and Barbara Seidenberg P’10
  • Catherine Matlock-Shally and Rudolph Shally P’16 P’19
  • Ross and Lori Shanken P’17 P’20 P’24
  • Arlen and Marijke Shenkman P’20 P’25
  • Hal and Fran Sheppard P’16
  • Cynthia Silverman, AFSA, and Jerry Silverman P’01 P’05
  • Jacqui and Jay Silverman P’19
  • Matthew Silverstein ’96
  • Richard A. Simon ’82
  • Jane Smith ’80 and Jeffrey Ginsberg, P’12 P’14
  • Joanna Smith P’28
  • Amy and Michael Solwecki
  • The Sperger Family
  • Debbie Stauffer, AFSA, and Carol Palmer, AFSA, P’08
  • Gregg Stein
  • David and Anne Steinberg P’17 P’19
  • Anna Stevens and Derrick Guyton P’25
  • Marianna and Michael Sullivan P’94 P’98 G’27 G’30
  • Lillian Swanson, AFSA, and Dave Warner
  • Sarah Sweeney-Denham and Dan Denham
  • Yvonne Thomas-Curry and Kenneth Curry P’22
  • Ann Thompson and Patrick Mutchler P’07 P’11
  • Nicole and Brian Thorne P’21
  • April Tvarok, AFSA
  • Tyson Memorial Fund
  • Carina and David Urbach P’19 P’21
  • Matthew Velazquez ’26
  • Diane Vernon P’76
  • Angela Wagner
  • Gary Waldman ’87 and Sloane Waldman, P’18 P’22
  • Maggie Waldman ’22
  • Sophie Waldman ’18
  • Christine J. Washington P’94 G’23
  • Malikha Washington and Gregg Moritz P’23 P’24
  • Beverly Weems P’99
  • Cynthia and Daniel Weinstock P’17 P’19
  • Linda Hano Weinbtraub ’55
  • Richard Wertime P’97 P’02
  • Brent Whitman ’80 and Doug Jensen
  • Virginia Wilkinson, AFSA, and John Wilkinson
  • Lynn Willson
  • The Windmill Foundation
  • Amy (Stein) Wood and Family
  • Coleen Young and Jonathan Waldman P’23 P’31
  • Karen Zinn and Doug Brownlie P’17

 

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Answers To Common Questions

Why are we raising funds for Abington Friends School?

AFS has built a strong foundation with faculty excellence and distinctive student and curricular programs. It is now time to make significant upgrades to our facilities to better support our students and the AFS community. Through Now More Than Ever: The Campaign for Abington Friends School, we have built a multi-purpose athletics center and have future plans to build an all-weather track and synthetic turf field.

What is the cost of the proposed projects?

Phase I included the construction of the $9.65 million Richard N. Berman Athletics Center. As of September 2019, $8.48 million had been secured, and AFS campaign leaders are actively working to raise the balance needed to fully fund the project.

 

Phase II will include the construction of an All-Weather Track and Field, with an estimated budget of $3 million.

Now that the Athletics Center is completed, when will we begin to build the track and field?

The Richard N. Berman Athletics Center officially opened on September 6, 2019, and fundraising work continues to fully fund the $9.65 million building. We will not begin fundraising or construction plans for the track and field in Phase II until 100% of the funds for the $9.65 million building have been raised in cash and/or pledges.

How will campaign gifts be used?

All contributions made to this campaign can only be used for the projects outlined in the case for support. Campaign funds will be deposited into a separate, restricted “building fund” account and reserved only for expenses related to the expansion and renovation of the school.

How much should I give?

All members of the AFS community are invited to support this campaign. We encourage those supporting the campaign to consider making a stretch gift by pledging their support over a five-year period. AFS does not assume to know the nuances of individual financial situations, but we hope that every AFS family will consider making a gift at a level meaningful to them. Contact Courtney Marsallo, Director of Major Gifts at 215.690.7673.

What about commemorative and memorial opportunities?

We invite those interested in learning about available naming opportunities to contact Courtney Marsallo, Director of Major Gifts, at 215.690.7673 or cmarsallo@abingtonfriends.net.

Is this in addition to our annual support of The Fund for AFS?

Yes, this initiative seeks gifts in addition to your yearly support of The Fund for AFS. The essential everyday needs of the operating budget, as supported by The Fund for AFS, do not disappear during a Capital Campaign. It is essential for AFS to maintain a healthy annual fund during the campaign.

In addition to my gift, how else can I help?

AFS is grateful to those community members who are willing to dedicate their time and energy, in addition to their gifts, to help advance Now More Than Ever. If you are interested in learning more about campaign volunteer opportunities, please contact Courtney Marsallo, Director of Major Giving, at 215.690.7673 or cmarsallo@abingtonfriends.net.

Have Questions About The Campaign?

Contact Courtney Marsallo at
cmarsallo@abingtonfriends.net or
215.690.7673