EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison announced its Imagine capital campaign for the construction of a new Performing Arts Center and other projects at a reception on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
All donors, parents, faculty members and many alumni and friends were invited to celebrate the campaign’s progress and learn more about the exciting new addition to the campus.
Other campaign facility projects which have been completed in this campaign include the construction of two new turf fields for soccer and lacrosse, STEM labs for Lower and Middle School classes and the renovation of the Sonawalla Center for Global Learning. A new Performing Arts Center will complete the campus.
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“Wardlaw-Hartridge takes pride in providing a complete education, emphasizing academics, athletics and the arts. We need outstanding facilities to support each of these aspects. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents and friends, we already have new labs and turf fields. Now, we need a performing arts center to complete this picture,” said Randy Rogers of Plainfield, a 1981 alumnus of the school, parent of two W-H graduates and Board of Trustees member.
Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School, welcomed the guests and provided an overview of the campaign. Mr. Webster also thanked the many donors who made gifts during the silent phase of the campaign.
“I know that when we provide a Performing Arts Center, our students will rise to new heights and our program will grow in its offerings and in its quality,” Mr. Webster said. “Imagine how much richer their performances can be in our new Performing Arts Center.”
Ted Osborne of Plainfield, Board of Trustees president and a 1971 alumnus of the school, unveiled architectural renderings of the new Performing Arts Center, which will include a 330-seat auditorium, stage with longer wings, scene shop, dressing rooms and control room. The new facility will provide an attractive venue for Wardlaw-Hartridge students to perform in plays, musicals and concerts and serve as a cornerstone to the campus.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School’s Imagine campaign leadership consists of a steering committee that includes Bill Jenkins of Oldwick (Assistant Head for Institutional Advancement), Peter Madsen of Westfield, Andrew Webster of Edison (Head of School), Jeanne Barbet, Ted Osborne and Randy Rogers of Plainfield, Robert Berry of Edison and Noorali Sonawalla of Edison.