Kathy & Tim Eller Give $1 million to CampaignJan 01, 2017
When Kathy and Tim Eller sent their two sons to Parish Day School more than 25 years ago, they had no idea they were starting a legacy. Tim now serves as Board of Trustees Chair, and one grandchild is learning from her dad’s former teacher. Next year, her younger brother will join his sister on the Hillcrest campus.
Now, Kathy and Tim are adding to that legacy with a $1 million investment in the potential of Parish and its students. The gift supports both the new Gene E. Phillips Activity Center, now under construction, and the future Performance & Community Center.
“This campaign opens up all kinds of possibilities for Parish, some of which we can’t even begin to imagine,” said Tim Eller. “I have always admired the upbeat and dynamic energy here, and these new facilities will give the School and the students the space, both literally and figuratively, to express that in new directions.”
Tim is in his fourth year on the Board of Trustees and has been involved with the capital campaign since its inception. His background as an executive in building construction has made him an invaluable asset to the School as it has navigated the planning of the new facilities.
“Kathy and Tim are literally helping us build new traditions at Parish,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School. “Their investment at such a critical time for the School speaks volumes to me about their commitment to this community. It is truly an honor to have their endorsement of our vision.”
The Ellers identify the School’s balance between legacy and innovation as one of the reasons they continue investing both time and treasure in the School.
“We love that the Parish community continues to honor Gloria Snyder [Head of School 1980-2009] and the course she set, yet it also embraces innovation and possibility under the leadership of Dave Monaco,” said Tim.
The Ellers believe this balance and the School’s positive atmosphere have defined Parish since their sons attended.
“At the time, we wished our sons could have continued at Parish through upper school,” recalled Kathy Eller. “Now we delight in seeing how engaged our granddaughter is and the kinds of possibilities that will be open to her and her brother in their future years through high school.”
Knowing that their grandchildren are benefiting from the generosity of the parents and grandparents that came before them, they believe now is the time to give back.
“While our alumni support continues to grow, Parish needs the support of parents and grandparents. Now is our time to build on Parish’s remarkable legacy and innovate for the future,” added Kathy.