Fellow alumnae and friends,
We did it! We set out to save the President’s Home, and we did it! Over the course of just six weeks, hundreds of alumnae from across the country rallied and contributed more than $400,000 toward Phase I of the Home Again campaign to restore and reopen this historic structure so vital to Stephens’ past and future.
President Lynch and her family moved into the home on Dec. 1, 2011, and soon after, the President’s Home Preservation Society was formed to quickly move into Phase II of the Home Again campaign. Their goal is to finish the public spaces of the Home and return it to its former grace and elegance. I know we can do it!
The value of having the President’s Home open and accessible to the Stephens community is priceless. I remember very clearly the time I spent in the President’s Home while I was a student in the late 1940s. Fireside chats, teas, even fashion shows made me feel special and gave me a deep sense of community – the President’s Home is OUR home, too. Such traditions are slowly coming back, as the Home has already hosted a faculty reception, a Ladies at Tea student event and an alumnae luncheon in just the few months after the home reopened.
There are many more opportunities to open the home to the Stephens community with your assistance. Now that the Home has been saved, approximately $350,000 will be raised to complete the structural renovation, landscaping, interior design, and furnishings to create a timeless, inviting home in which to entertain alumnae, students, faculty, and guests of the College. An additional $100,000 will be raised to create an endowed maintenance fund for future preservation, so the Home remains a symbol of Stephens’ rich history and a beloved place of celebration and comfort for its community.
Please join me in completing this project and give to our alma mater. Let’s finish the President’s Home!
Jean Steven McVicker '49
President’s Home Campaign Chair
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