Phoenix Country Day School holds annual Bridge-the-Gap celebration

Phoenix Country Day School Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award for 2016 Christopher Walker at the annual Bridge-the-Gap event. (Submitted photo)

Phoenix Country Day School Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award for 2016 Christopher Walker at the annual Bridge-the-Gap event. (Submitted photo)

More than 600 parents, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered on the Phoenix Country Day School campus for the Pre-k-12 school’s fourth annual Bridge-the-Gap celebration, honoring the philanthropy of the entire PCDS community in support of the school.

The event featured food plates donated from 25 of the valley’s top restaurants, an array of unique silent auction items available with proceeds benefitting the school’s annual fund, and music from renowned PCDS alumni musicians, according to a press release.

A memorable highlight included the PCDS “Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award” for 2016 presented to Christopher Walker, a member of the school’s first graduating class. Since his graduation in 1965, Mr. Walker has distinguished himself in investment banking and spent over 20 years as a board member at Claremont McKenna College in southern California, as well as providing major philanthropic support of the fine arts.

As a nonprofit, private school, PCDS relies on the support of faculty, staff, current families, and alumni to bridge its operating costs, and the annual Bridge-the-Gap event celebrates the 75 percent of PCDS families that donate annually to support the school.

“PCDS is a national leader in education, and its strength is drawn from the immense feeling of community and support. Events like tonight recognize that commitment from PCDS families — when everyone is pulling in the same direction, great things really do happen,” Headmaster Andy Rodin stated at the event.

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