Hoops, There it Was!

In early March, alumni from the classes of 2008-2018 battled it out during MICDS Madness, our annual young alumni virtual giving challenge. Eleven classes competed for the Championship, and this year’s competition was wild and windy with daily lead changes, twists, and turns. In one of the most fiercely fought Madness campaigns in recent history, 82% of the classes met, exceeded, or came within two gifts of their individual class goals! And, volunteer class reps consulted their playbooks and pulled out all the stops in an effort to lead their class to victory. When the dust settled, the mighty class of 2009 claimed the top spottheir first-ever win! Texting, emailing, smiling, and dialing right up until the midnight deadline, they were determined to win at the annual MICDS Big Dance.

Teamwork really does make the dream work: even though they were competing against each other, 2008-2018 came together to make 181 gifts to the School achieving 120% of their overall participation goal—in only 7 days’ time!

Madness is a fun-spirited challenge that gives our young alumni the opportunity to give back while also reflecting on their own experiences at the School and the impact it has had on their lives. Their generosity supports the MICDS Fund, and a good number of gifts were made in honor or in memory of beloved faculty and classmates.

Massive appreciation to our loyal group of alumni Madness Class Reps who tirelessly engaged with their classmates to encourage participation. We are extremely grateful to our volunteers, and Madness wouldn’t be nearly as successful without you! Our students and faculty, who are the direct beneficiaries of your support, thank you.