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Phillips family gift supports new Activity Center

Sep 14, 2016

Parish Episcopal School will begin construction this month on a new multipurpose activity center at its Midway campus. Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School, announced that the new building will be named the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center in honor of the Dallas businessman, Parish grandparent and alumni parent, and longtime supporter of the school. Together, Gene Phillips, wife Roxanne, son Brad Phillips, and his wife, Terri, gave a joint gift of $1 million in support of the School and the new facility.

“The generosity of the Phillips family empowers Parish to make another leap forward in realizing our community’s vision for the School and its students,” said Monaco. “The Gene E. Phillips Activity Center will be a community hub where students at all grade levels can pursue passion-based learning while exploring diverse experiences in academics, arts and athletics.”

The Gene E. Phillips Activity Center is part of a larger vision to Reimagine School and redefine the high-quality college preparatory experience. The expansion of the School’s facilities, which in the years ahead will also include the construction of a new Performance & Community Center, will contribute to an environment where students can develop their passions to become creative learners and bold leaders prepared to impact today’s complex global society.

“Parish Episcopal means a lot to our family, and we wanted to contribute to the future of the School in a meaningful way,” said Gene Phillips. “By contributing early and making a foundational donation to the campaign, we are excited to address a pressing need for the long-term vision of the School and help extend its capabilities for the next generation of students.”

The Gene E. Phillips Activity Center is the first step toward enhancing the School’s Midway campus and providing new academic, athletic, artistic and community spaces for the students. Designed by BOKA Powell, the highly adaptable, 20,000-square-foot center will accommodate diverse programming as the School’s needs evolve through the years, from robotics competitions and debate tournaments, to talent shows and basketball practices.

“Part of what first attracted us to Parish was the infectious enthusiasm of the teachers and staff,” said Brad Phillips, Parish parent and board trustee. “It is a community-oriented, well-rounded environment that was made possible by others who came before us. This gift is our family’s way of saying ‘thank you’ and paying it forward to those who will come after us.”

The opening of the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center is scheduled for Fall 2017.

Watch a video of the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center groundbreaking event.

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