At the schools recent 118th commencement, as is customary, Board of Trustees President Kate Jeton presented the Drake Award. The award is given by the Board to honor individuals who inspire others to support Waynflete and its mission and who, themselves, have given years of outstanding service to the school. Each year the selection committee receives many wonderful nominations for the Drake award and this year was no exception. All on the committee unanimously supported the selection of this year's recipient, Sara Crisp and Gregg Lipton.
Sara Crisp and Gregg Lipton first became involved in the Waynflete community over 30 years ago when Sara–an artist and educator–joined the Lower School faculty. After enrolling their sons Isaac and Miles, Sara continued her service in a variety of ways, including class parent, class parent coordinator, and athletic program volunteer. Last winter, she was deeply involved in Wintertide, the auction in support of the school's financial aid endowment. As art chair, Sara secured original works from her colleagues in the art community. Sara and Gregg also donated several items to be auctioned during the event.
Gregg joined the Board of Trustees in 2006. With a background in building and design, he immediately dove into the Building Committee's work on the Franklin Theater and Sills Hall construction project. Gregg served as a committee member–and often as chair–for a decade on nearly every Board committee: Finance, Investment, Committee on Trustees, Campus Planning and Facilities, Strategic Planning, Lower School Design, and the Gym/Sills and Fore River Campus Design. In 2017, his tenth and final year as a trustee, Gregg chaired the Building Committee, leading it through the design and permitting phase for the Lower School and Gymnasium capital improvement projects.
As passionate donors and tireless advocates for Waynflete's strategic priorities, Gregg and Sara agreed to dedicate their energy to serving as co-chairs of the most ambitious capital campaign in Waynflete's 120-year history, Building on Our Strengths. For the last three years, they have led the campaign with a quiet calm, instilling confidence and inspiring others to support Waynflete in new and significant ways. Now entering its final weeks, the campaign has raised over $10 million in support of construction of the new Lower School, faculty support and financial aid endowments, and the Waynflete Fund, thanks in large part to Gregg and Sara's steady leadership and passion for Waynflete.
The Waynflete community is immensely grateful to Gregg and Sara for their many years of service and for their commitment to the future of the school.