The Daniel and Jane Carpenter Award was established in 2006 by Daniel M. Cain ’64 in honor of the late Daniel and Jane Carpenter and their commitment to, and support of, the Williston Northampton School, its students, parents, and alumni. This award is given to an active volunteer or volunteers who, through “effort and energy” as well as financial contribution, has had a substantial impact on the school.
The class of 1968 Reunion Committee certainly are worthy recipients — a collection of dedicated alumni and friends that stay connected by continually supporting the school with their time, energy, and financial commitment. The Committee includes Ted Babcock (who was not able to be in attendance for the award presentation), Jim Cain, Marc Griggs, Kent Haberle, Chip Keeney, Don Klock (also not in attendance) and Paul F. Wainwright.
Five years ago, this record-breaking class of 1968 set a new high-water mark for 50th reunion attendance, 50th reunion gift participation, and 50th reunion gift dollars.
Today, five years later, in honor of their 55th, they still are setting reunion attendance and giving records. They also launched a special 55th reunion initiative to create the Class of 1968 Endowed Fund for Financial Aid. To date, they have raised $777,000 for this endowed fund from a combination of cash gifts, pledges, and documented bequest intentions.
With more than $66,000 outright gifts already received to date, this Class of 1968 Fund will begin to provide financial aid to a student in the fall of 2024.
This 55th class has also continued its generous support of the Williston Northampton Fund – to date $68,000 has been committed for this year (ending June 30). To date, 30 classmates have contributed to the Williston Northampton Fund or to the Class of 1968 Fund for Financial Aid – and the majority have given to both.