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Special Announcement from the Center for Innovation and Performing Arts Campaign Committee

February 2022


Dear Fellow Members of the Cape Henry Collegiate Community,

For decades, Cape Henry Collegiate’s evolving curricula and desire to provide exceptional opportunities to our students have been essential to the School’s success and its mission to know, value, and challenge each student. Over the years, we have undertaken significant capital improvement projects to enhance our campus. Today, we announce that the time has returned for Cape Henry to take our campus to the next level!

Three years ago, the Cape Henry Collegiate Board of Trustees unanimously approved moving forward with a feasibility study and subsequent “silent phase fundraising” for a capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art, transformative Center for Innovation and Performing Arts. In June, we will begin demolition of the existing Perry Family Auditorium and adjacent spaces in order to make room for a two-story performing arts center and innovation hub. In the new performing arts space, our students, faculty, and community will find a theater with significantly increased seating capacity including a balcony, an enlarged stage with fly space overhead, cutting-edge projection technology, and substantial, professional back-of-house spaces. In working with Tymoff+Moss Architects and our theater and acoustic consultants, we are creating an amazing performance and community space for our musicians, actors, and students. At the same time, we are investing in technology and equipment so that the students who work behind the scenes will learn sound and lighting engineering skills while also being trained on a motorized overhead lift system. Adjacent to this theater, a new orchestra room and dance studio will allow us to accommodate these growing programs.

Our open-concept Innovation Hub will provide space for students to build, create, and imagine. A new engineering lab connected to a large fabrication lab will allow us to take our engineering program to the next level… from design and modeling to building and constructing with wood, metal, and plastics. This space will also serve as the scene shop where students will build sets for our theater productions. Other open, collaborative spaces will allow students to explore robotics, artificial intelligence, and computer science. The Innovation Hub is also a space where entrepreneurship, leadership, community service, and job shadow/internship programs will be developed.

This new Center for Innovation and Performing Arts will provide beautiful new spaces on our campus for our students and community. Most importantly, the spaces will encourage and allow students to explore and experience new learning opportunities. As our spaces change, our curriculum will evolve to tap into the power of innovation and imagination.

To date, we have over $8.0 million in cash and pledges committed to this important campaign, which includes a $1.5 million leadership gift from CHC Trustee and parents David Ervin and wife Addy (Taylor '24 and Joslyn '27), alumni parent George Clarke (Laney '12) and the MEB family. Cape Henry is also fortunate to have received an additional leadership gift of $750,000 from Trustee and alumni parents Ron and Cindy Kramer (June '12, Alex '14, and Austin '16). One hundred percent of our current Board of Trustees, as well as a select number of former Trustees, grandparents, and foundations, have contributed generously toward the $8.0 million, and we are now well-positioned to announce this project and to seek your support. Together, we can transform not only our campus, but our students’ opportunities and experiences as we prepare them for their exciting futures.

Please take the time to look over the brochure and view the video to familiarize yourself with the exciting work that has been done so far and the vision for the future. We will be reaching out to all of our current families, grandparents, former parents, former Trustees, Founders, and alumni to ask that you join us in this important campaign. We need your help to raise an additional $3.0 million. In fact, we can’t do it without you!

We look forward to your partnership in this exciting endeavor.

Most sincerely,

The Campaign Committee
The Center for Innovation and Performing Arts
Cape Henry Collegiate

Tom Atherton – Campaign Committee Chair; Former Head of the Board of Trustees and alumni parent
W. Trent Dudley '88 – Current Head of the Board of Trustees and alumni parent
Scott Duncan – Trustee and alumni parent
Chris Garran – Head of School and current parent
Ron Kramer – Trustee and alumni parent
Maureen Olivieri – Trustee, grandparent, and alumni parent
James Sparks – Former Head of the Board of Trustees and alumni parent
Kristy Redmon Winfield '95 – Alumni and current parent
Julie Scherrer – Former Associate Head of School, Capital Campaign consultant, and alumni parent

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