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Melody & Rick Rogers Give $500,000 to Campaign

May 01, 2017

Melody and Rick Rogers’ daughter Marissa will graduate from Parish this spring, and their focus will soon turn to a new school family and college. But, as they look to the future, they are also leaving a legacy at Parish. Their generous contribution to the campaign will make it possible for Parish students to explore their passions and strengths, much like their own daughter has.

Marissa began dancing in 8th grade. Soon she found her way beyond the classroom to the Rosettes drill team. For the last two years, she has performed as a member of Parish Dance Company. Her passion has led her to experiences including performances at the Alamo Bowl, in the Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest’s Arts Festival.

“Marissa’s growth from 8th grade until her senior year has been a journey that I am grateful to have been a part of,” said Jessica Robinson, Middle & Upper School dance faculty and ParishEXTEND dance director. “I am blown away each time I witness the effort, passion and sheer strength of her movement.”

“At the core of the Parish experience is achieving a balance of interests that include vigorous academics, but also pursuits that reveal creative, athletic and other individual gifts,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School. “Melody and Rick recognize this from their family’s experience, and we are indebted to them for paying it forward, so to speak, so other students can have a even greater stage for experiencing the richness of learning.”

Giving to Parish is a family affair for the Rogers. Rick’s father, Richard Rogers (Mary Kay Ash’s son and co-founder of Mary Kay), is also a Parish alumni parent. In 1989, he created a celebratory gift in honor of 6th grade Parish Day School graduates by initiating a $10,000 challenge to create one of the first endowments for the School. Now, almost three decades later, we extend our gratitude to Melody and Rick for continuing that tradition of giving.

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