Hunt Family Makes $3M Challenge GrantSep 08, 2017
Parish grandparents and community leaders Nancy Ann & Ray L. Hunt have made a matching gift of $3 million to the campaign, encouraging the Parish Episcopal School community on its path to a Limitless future.
The couple will match every leadership gift of $25,000 or more made during the 2017-18 school year. Their generous commitment brings the School halfway to its one-year pacing goal of $6 million – and further along the path of the multi-year Limitless campaign.
“Whenever the School has reached a major milestone, a critical juncture in its growth, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt have generously embraced our vision,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School. “We are grateful for this very tangible encouragement to Parish families, incenting them to step forward as campaign leaders to help us reach for a Limitless future.”
The matching gift was announced at the September 2017 opening of the Gene E. Phillips Activity Center – the first of two buildings to be erected as a result of the campaign. Now the Parish community is turning its focus to the capstone of the Limitless campaign: a new $24.4 million Performance & Community Center. Together, the two facilities will help Parish realize its Reimagine School strategic plan, unleashing exciting new possibilities for learning, exploration and growth for our students.
“As long as Nancy Ann and I have supported Parish Episcopal School, no matter how it has grown and changed, it has stayed true to its essential core,” said Ray Hunt. “It is a place where students are grounded in community and values and encouraged to think creatively, exploring the world around them. It is that kind of well-rounded, forward-thinking education that will give wings to the leaders of tomorrow.”
The Hunts have played pivotal roles in the expansion of Parish Episcopal School, which was founded as a day school in 1972 with only elementary school students and one campus on Hillcrest Road in Dallas. The couple played an important role as the School expanded to include PreK – 12th grade; added a second campus at the former I.M. Pei-designed Exxon Mobil campus on Midway Road; raised $20 million for its endowment; and built an emphasis on passion-based, creative learning that prepares students for the complex global society.
Nancy Ann Hunt is a Trustee Emerita of the Parish Episcopal School Board of Trustees. Ray L. Hunt is Executive Chairman of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.