A MESSAGE FROM THE SOAR TOGETHER CAMPAIGN CHAIR:
For me, Westminster has always been about coming home. The school became my second home shortly after I first arrived on campus more than 35 years ago, and it has remained one ever since.
Teachers like Richard Hopley, my Latin teacher, and my lacrosse coach, David Hovey, became like family. Their guidance and enduring support nurtured me throughout my years at Westminster and long after.
These enduring relationships are what truly make Westminster special and unique. When I returned to Westminster for my 30th reunion, I was inspired by how many of my former teachers remained on the faculty all those years later. Unlike so many other independent schools whose faculty members move on after a few years, Westminster attracts and retains engaged, committed and loyal faculty and staff who make a commitment to the school and build a real community.
In the last four years, I have had the pleasure to see Westminster anew through the eyes of my son, Curtis ’19. Although our passions differ — he loves a cappella singing and theater as much as I loved football and lacrosse — it’s been gratifying to see that Westminster nurtures his dreams the way it nurtured mine. Teachers like Bill Sistare and A-men Rasheed have supported and inspired him just as my teachers inspired me.
I support Westminster because the school has given so much to me and my family. In recognition of how much the Westminster family means to the Brockelman family, we chose to honor my late mother by funding the renovation of the school’s student center in Cushing Hall. I like to imagine my warm and gregarious mom smiling down on the students socializing, unwinding and having fun in the space named for her.
The Soar Together Campaign now offers an unprecedented opportunity to ensure that the Westminster family grows, thrives and remains strong for generations to come. In just five short years, the campaign has already raised more than $73.5 million. A generous anonymous donor will contribute an additional $10 million for financial aid if the campaign reaches $90 million by 2022. It is an ambitious but achievable goal.
I hope my story and the stories of other grateful parents, alumni and friends in these pages will inspire you to honor and give back to this remarkable community by participating in this historic campaign.
Above: Curtis Brockelman ’19 enjoyed singing and performing in the theater during his time at Westminster.
“In the last four years, I have had the pleasure to see Westminster anew through the eyes of my son, Curtis ’19. Although our passions differ — he loves a cappella singing and theater as much as I loved football and lacrosse — it’s been gratifying to see that Westminster nurtures his dreams the way it nurtured mine.”
Curt Brockelman ’86, P’19, Soar Together Campaign Chair