More than 100 members of the McDonogh community gathered to celebrate the School’s most generous donors and Circle of Philanthropy honorees at a dinner on Thursday, May 26. The event began with a cocktail hour on the Ritter Terrace after which honorees and their guests, Trustees, and members of McDonogh’s administrative team enjoyed a seated dinner in Paterakis Dining Hall.
Head of School Dave Farace ’87 gave a warm welcome and thanked members of the Rosenberg Society as well as donors in the McDonogh Fund’s Monument Society, Eagle Society, and Orange and Black Society for their generosity. He said, “Your incredible commitment to furthering the mission of the School and making a difference in the lives of McDonogh’s students and teachers is truly outstanding, and we are incredibly grateful.”
During the event, Sharon and Wally Boston ’72 and David Rothschild ’82 were inducted into the Circle of Philanthropy– the School’s highest level of recognition. They were honored for giving $1 million or more to McDonogh within their lifetime; having a noteworthy, school-wide impact or supporting and directing fundraising for a specific major school priority project; and going above and beyond the call of duty to do the “greatest possible amount of good” for McDonogh and the larger community. Dave Farace ’87 and President of the Board of Trustees Rob Young ’86 presented the awards.
Sharon and Wally Boston ’72
Wally Boston ’72 has a long history of serving McDonogh through leadership positions in the Alumni Association and on the Board of Trustees, In 2000, he received McDonogh’s Distinguished Service Award for his many contributions to the School. His wife and partner in all things philanthropic, Sharon Boston, has also been an enthusiastic proponent of the School. She served as McDonogh’s Director of Admissions during the 1990s and later was deeply involved with the Parents Association. During this time, the Bostons recognized a need in the School and funded the construction of the Boston Technology Center as part of a 2001 addition to Elderkin Hall. When their twin daughters Grace ’18 and Sarah ’18, fell in love with riding as lower schoolers, the Bostons focused their philanthropic efforts on the people and facilities of the equestrian program. Today, thanks to their support, the program enjoys national attention.
David Rothschild ’82
David Rothschild ’82, a passionate proponent of philanthropy makes his position known through word and deed. As the leader of the Rothschild Foundations, he has guided major philanthropic commitments to causes that inspire young people to find joy in civic engagement with a social impact. Building on the Foundations’ partnership with the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland, Rothschild catalyzed the launch of Greatest Good McDonogh in 2019 with an endowed commitment and partnership support.
He says, “Something kept me coming back to McDonogh. Perhaps it is the mission ‘to do the greatest possible good.’ McDonogh is open to innovation and places a great deal of value on service learning.” He adds, “I believe that giving people a taste for doing good early in life will change their lives and change the world.”