Tornadothon 2017 was a rousing success, and McCallie’s students and faculty were the biggest winners as a result of the hard work and generosity of hundreds of the school’s alumni and friends.
On Sept. 14, nearly 200 callers and volunteers gathered in downtown Chattanooga at the DoubleTree Hotel for an evening of fun, phone calls, fundraising and friendship to support McCallie’s Honor Fund, which which provides current-year funds to keep McCallie in its place as one of the best schools in the country.
After an opening reception and a performance of the Alma Mater by the McCallie Men’s Ensemble, callers got down to work and had an amazing night reconnecting with former classmates and helping McCallie School. Alumni and parents of both current students and alums enjoyed great food and fellowship while connecting with more than 1,200 people and 950 pledges for almost $300,000 to the Honor Fund.
“The response to Tornadothon was nothing short of incredible,” said Steve Hearn ‘74, McCallie’s vice president for advancement. “To see so many alumni and other friends of McCallie come out to spend time together having fun while supporting McCallie’s mission is truly inspiring and shows the character of the entire school community.”
Travis Schievelhud ‘97 was the top caller of the night securing 18 pledges to win a Yeti cooler, and several others hit double-figures in pledges. Schievelhud’s efforts helped the Class of 1997 win the class competition, followed by the classes of 2011 and 2005.
Among the parents of current students, the moms and dads of this year’s seniors led the way in number of new pledges to the Honor Fund. In the Middle School, the seventh-grade parents finished first. Both the Class of 2018 and 2023 went on to win the Parent Chick-Fil-A Challenge, winning their boys a Chick-Fil-A lunch and a TEPS day.
Tornadothon wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Honor Fund chairman Ward Petty ‘80, along with parent chair Kim George, alumni chair and Chattanooga Alumni Council President Jeff Scotchie ‘91 and so many other parent and alumni volunteers who worked to make the event such a success.
“It was great to see so many alumni and friends of McCallie coming out to support the Honor Fund and reconnect with their classmates,” said Amy Cloud, McCallie’s alumni relations coordinator. “The lifelong bond these alumni feel for each other and the school is something that is truly special to see and be a part of during events such as Tornadothon.”
For McCallie alumni and friends who couldn’t make it to Chattanooga for Tornadothon, there were phonathons held in New York, Atlanta and Birmingham the following Tuesday to continue the momentum and help further support the Honor Fund and McCallie.
“The show of support from our alumni is always gratifying,” said John Green ‘84, director of the Honor Fund. “Tornadothon was an amazing success this year, and we are looking forward to next year and beyond as we continue to look for ways to support our boys.”
Even though Tornadothon 2017 is over, alumni and friends of McCallie can still make a gift or pledge to support the Honor Fund’s 2017-18 campaign. Your gift of any amount will help provide McCallie's students and teachers with the very best instruction and experiences.