Donors

Thank You!

It is with appreciation and gratitude that we thank the following families for their commitment to progress and their investment in the Innovation Campaign and the future of Windward School.

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The Rosenthal Family

To be able to be a part of this campaign and contribute to Windward’s future is so important.

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The Rosenthal Family

To be able to be a part of this campaign and contribute to Windward’s future is so important.
 
If people can pay it forward, it's a great thing to do. To have other students be able to benefit from our contribution the way our children have benefited from contributions made by others brings everything full circle.
 
Allison and Bennett Rosenthal

Parents of Brooke '15, Miles '18, and Tess '19

The Schwartzberg Family

 It took just one visit to Windward for our family to know it was exactly where they needed to be. 

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The Schwartzberg Family

When Andrew Schwartzberg was a high school student in Potomac, Md., his father made a generous donation to help advance the independent school’s goals. As an adult, Andrew has returned to the school’s campus and seen firsthand the lasting impact of that gift. “It’s nice to go back and see, wow, what he did was pretty amazing,” Andrew says. Andrew has internalized that example in his own life as he and his wife, Jaime, instill a culture of philanthropy in their family, which includes daughters Sophie ’22, Ava ’24, and Kate ‘26. Andrew and Jaime have made a significant financial commitment to the Innovation Campaign, which Andrew also gives to with his time as a member of the Campaign Steering Committee.
 
“We are trying to show our girls that you have to be committed in every way to the causes you believe in—a give till it hurts mentality,” he says. Andrew and Jaime hope that their own daughters will have the same good feeling when they visit Windward’s campus after they have graduated. “It’s going to be great for our girls to come back in 10 years to see what that commitment has turned into,” he says. “You’re constantly paying it forward.”
 
Jaime and Andrew Schwartzberg
Parents of Sophie ’22, Ava ’24, and Kate ‘26

The Kaplan Family

Kaplan Family

Your gift to the Innovation Campaign will be a source of pride as you consider the ways in which you have made the world better.

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The Kaplan Family

"Your gift to the Innovation Campaign will be a source of pride as you consider the ways in which you have made the world better."
 
As the CEO and President of Douglas Emmett Inc., a REIT traded on the New York Stock Exchange, Jordan Kaplan knows a thing or two about getting good value from an investment. 
 
When making charitable gifts to an organization, there are two important ingredients, Jordan says: stable, effective leadership and a track record of efficiently and successfully deploying the donations. The fact that both elements were firmly in place at Windward led Jordan and his wife, Christine—parents of Claire ’19 and Jace ‘25—to make an early gift to the School’s Innovation Campaign.  “This is not an act of blind trust,” Jordan explains. “It is trust that we have in the cultural incubator Windward provides to shepherd our children to young adulthood.” The campaign will comprise two parts: Part 1 will include an Academic Hub and Student Support Center, along with a renovated Performing Arts Wing; Part 2 will feature an Arts & Innovation Center that will offer presentation and performance spaces that are on-par with university and professional venues.
 
The fact that Claire, as an Alumni, will not be able to make full use of the new program-driven facilities is not only irrelevant, Jordan says, but a motivating factor in making their gift. “What we have at Windward is the result of parents, who almost 50 years ago made a commitment to create a valuable community asset that can be passed on for the benefit of others,” he says. “They made substantial contributions to an extended capital campaign that transformed the School. What makes that so remarkable is that their kids would never benefit from the transformation. That is the kind of selfless act that establishes the culture of a society and sets an example for our children.”
 
Jordan and Christine’s own children— sons Skyler and Jace and daughter Claire—have seen their parents make philanthropy a focus of their life. The Kaplans have given generously to many local causes, including Palisades High School, the UCLA Foundation, St. John’s Health Center, LA Waterkeeper, and Sound Mind Sound Body, a UCLA charity dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. Jordan encourages others to make a campaign gift and support what he calls “the best-run school in the Los Angeles metro area.” He says: “Your gift to the Innovation Campaign will be a source of pride as you consider the ways in which you have made the world better.” 
 
Christine and Jordan Kaplan
Parents of Claire '19 and Jace '25

The Factor Family

There is no finer educational institute than Windward, so it is our honor to be a part of its continued growth, expansion, and success.

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The Factor Family

There is no finer educational institute than Windward, so it is our honor to be a part of its continued growth, expansion, and success.
 

Our family has chosen to invest in Windward because it is likewise an investment in our family. The relationship we are building with the school by donating towards its future is a legacy we hope to foster in many generations to come. There is no finer educational institute than Windward, so it is our honor to be a part of its continued growth, expansion, and success. We are inspired by and passionate about the Innovation Campaign that will allow Windward to provide many new modern and exciting curriculums, projects, and facilities that will incubate, nurture and launch students' creativity, performance and ideas. Thank you, Windward!

Shannon and Dean Factor
Parents of Claire '22 and Alex '25

The Cayton Family

We recognize the benevolence of others before us that created Windward School and its unique programs.

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The Cayton Family

We recognize the benevolence of others before us that created Windward School and its unique programs.
 
Our son Derek has been the beneficiary of generous donors and we want to provide the same opportunities to future students. We wanted to be part of this transformative campaign which will be an asset to the Windward Community.
 
Andrea and Barry Cayton
Parents of Derek '21

The Crotty Family

crotty family

Our charitable giving begins with contributing to organizations that directly touch our family—and it doesn't get any closer to home than supporting our children’s education.

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The Crotty Family

crotty family

Our charitable giving begins with contributing to organizations that directly touch our family—and it doesn't get any closer to home than supporting our children’s education.  

Our charitable giving begins with contributing to organizations that directly touch our family—and it doesn't get any closer to home than supporting our children’s education.  

As a family at the beginning of our Windward journey, we are thrilled to support the School’s mission of “achieving excellence in a nurturing and inclusive community.”  This ideal reflects our values as parents and sets all of our children up for lifelong academic, social, and professional success. 

With the spotlight on the Innovation Campaign, we feel now is the time to support Windward and its promise of excellence long into the future.  This commitment to educational innovations in STEAM, Visual and Media Arts, and Entrepreneurship is critical in preparing the next generation of job creators and leaders, and its integration of the arts and technology into more traditional education is on the forefront of creative thinking in today’s classrooms.
 
We are so fortunate to join the Windward community in supporting our wonderful School.
 

Phyllis and Kevin Crotty
Parents of Elle ‘24 and Luke ‘26

The Asher/Fikre Family

Windward has established itself as a premier independent school in the Los Angeles area and the institution continues to grow and evolve in ways that make it an increasingly valuable asset for the community in which we live.

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The Asher/Fikre Family

Windward has established itself as a premier independent school in the Los Angeles area and the institution continues to grow and evolve in ways that make it an increasingly valuable asset for the community in which we live.
 
We are thankful for the great experiences our children were afforded during their years at Windward and we have enjoyed being a part of the school community for almost a decade. Windward has established itself as a premier independent school in the Los Angeles area and the institution continues to grow and evolve in ways that make it an increasingly valuable asset for the community in which we live.
 
We look forward to seeing Windward continue to impact the lives of children and families that come through the school and we are particularly eager to see the reach of the school expand into the broader community with ongoing efforts to achieve greater diversity. We are pleased to help Windward continue to flourish in any way we can, whether that be by supporting initiatives like the Innovation Campaign, giving to the Windward Fund annually, or volunteering our time in service of the school. 
 
Angela Asher and Ted Fikre
Parents of Asher '18 and Serafina '20

The Trilling Family

Trilling Family

We feel extremely fortunate to be able to support the Innovation Campaign, which will help create a great future for today’s Windward students and for generations of students and families who will experience their own joy and pride at joining this one-of-a-kind community.

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The Trilling Family

We feel extremely fortunate to be able to support the Innovation Campaign, which will help create a great future for today’s Windward students and for generations of students and families who will experience their own joy and pride at joining this one-of-a-kind community.

Our family joined the Windward community in the Fall of 2018, and when we say “our family,” we definitely mean all of us. Max ('24) has grown as a student, built many close friendships, and the thing he’s most proud of in his athletics is that his jersey says “Windward.” And it’s not just Max whose life has been shaped by the school. We’ve developed terrific new friendships with other parents, built our own warm connections with Windward staff and faculty, and Max’s grandfather has loved coming to sporting events and the Grandparents' Brunch.
 
There is an old cliché about Middle School being the hardest years of a child’s life. Thanks to Windward, Middle School was a time of joy and pride for Max, and we look forward to many happy adventures ahead as he continues on his journey through high school. We feel extremely fortunate to be able to support the Innovation Campaign, which will help create a great future for today’s Windward students and for generations of students and families who will experience their own joy and pride at joining this one-of-a-kind community.
 

Wendi and Stephen Trilling
Parents of Max ’24

The Venit Family

Investing in the school is investing in our children. It's not about growing bigger, it's about growing the inspiration and creativity of our children in a safe environment, with traditional, progressive, and innovative educators.

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The Venit Family

Investing in the school is investing in our children. It's not about growing bigger, it's about growing the inspiration and creativity of our children in a safe environment, with traditional, progressive, and innovative educators.

Windward has consistently shown ways to grow while bringing the Windward community closer. Investing in the school is investing in our children. It's not about growing bigger, it's about growing the inspiration and creativity of our children in a safe environment, with traditional, progressive and innovative educators. We value the school's foresight for creating the best possible space with new tools for our children, and our children's children, to grow and learn. We plan for the future, but as visionaries, one can see that the future is in the here and now.

Trina and Adam Venit
Parents of Olivia '20

The Gersh Family

Gersh Family

Giving generously of our time and resources to Windward, and specifically to the Innovation Campaign, has been a source of joy for our family. 

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The Gersh Family

Giving generously of our time and resources to Windward, and specifically to the Innovation Campaign, has been a source of joy for our family.
 
Putting a high value on education is intrinsic for me, and is not something I was taught or was culturally conditioned to. When I was little, I built a pretend classroom in our basement and would spend hours there ’teaching’ imaginary students, making and grading assignments, organizing my desk, redecorating the space etc. I’ve been lucky to love school all my life, whether as a student, a parent of a student, or as a teacher. Learning communities ought to be magical, and Windward is the best secondary school we’ve known through our 29 years of raising our four children. It is ambitious and strategic in all planning and pursuit, but also conscious and caring and kind—a place where rigor and nurture live in perfect balance.

Giving generously of our time and resources to Windward, and specifically to the Innovation Campaign, has been a source of joy for our family. To align how we value education with our capacity to make a difference is not only a show of confidence in Windward’s true excellence, but also an investment in the vision for its future and for the future of every Windwardian.

Our children will never be direct beneficiaries of current plans for campus expansion, but Greta and James have each spent six formative years enjoying the forward thinking, generous support of the families that came before ours and, they, in turn, can be proud of the legacy a commitment to Windward ensures. We’ll be a part of this place forever!
 
Maria Mancuso Gersh and Gary Gersh
Parents of Greta '18 and James '20

The Brooks Family

We chose to invest in the Windward Innovation Campaign because our family is committed to education and continual growth and learning.

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The Brooks Family

We chose to invest in the Windward Innovation Campaign because our family is committed to education and continual growth and learning.  
 
Windward has embraced our children (Olivia, Sophie, Liam, and Estée) and given them myriad opportunities to expand their minds and hearts. We are honored to be able to support Windward in their dynamic efforts to grow and excel. We are grateful that our investment will help Windward offer these opportunities to the entire community.
 
Nicole and Brad Brooks
Parents of Olivia '20, Sophie '22, Liam '25, and Estée '27

The Gargiulo Family

 It took just one visit to Windward for our family to know it was exactly where they needed to be. 

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The Gargiulo Family

“We believe that if you have the ability to leave something better than you found it, then you should.” 
 
When the Gargiulo family decided to up and move six years ago from Connecticut, they had no idea what lay ahead for them on the other side of the country. 
 
“It was one of the biggest and best family adventures we’ve ever been on. It was also one of the most terrifying and challenging,” says Ed.
 
But it took just one visit to Windward for the family to know it was exactly where they needed to be. 
 
“We immediately sensed how balanced it was from all angles: academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, service learning…and even the parent body.”
 
Evanne and Ed credit much of their family’s smooth transition to the West Coast to Windward—a community that their three children, Ava ‘21, Emma ‘21, and Jack ‘24, are thriving in and one that has become an anchor where the family feels incredibly comfortable and loves to spend their time. 
 
“Evanne and I realized what a transformative impact our own Middle and High School institutions had on establishing our foundations as people—our work ethic, our interests, our empathy towards others, etc. We asked ourselves how could we not contribute to the institution that is currently having this same impact on our three kids,” Ed says.
 
All three of Evanne and Ed’s children have varying passions, from athletics to Global Studies, which is not only a testament to Windward’s diverse offerings, but also reinforces the need for new, dynamic program-driven facilities. 
“This campaign will be such a transformative initiative for Windward and will have a very deep impact on almost every aspect of this great school, and everyone will benefit, no matter what a student is involved in or where their interests take them. Even if they will have graduated by the time these buildings are constructed, there’s no doubt that the reputation of their alma mater will continue to soar, their siblings may benefit, or their family will leave behind a legacy they will be proud of,” Ed says. 
 
Evanne and Ed Gargiulo
Parents of Ava ‘21, Emma ’21, and Jack ’24

The Weiner Family

Windward is a culture of friendship and philanthropy, where all families have always joined hands together, to not just create the best environment for their children, but to pay it forward for the next generation of Windward children.  

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The Weiner Family

Windward is a culture of friendship and philanthropy, where all families have always joined hands together, to not just create the best environment for their children, but to pay it forward for the next generation of Windward children.  
 
Windward is a school like no other—an extremely fine academic, nurturing and wonderfully diverse environment;  and, we are all very fortunate that our children are receiving one of if not the very finest education and social experience available.  With that extraordinary privilege comes some level of responsibility and opportunity.
 
I am a firm believer that it is important to leave a place, particularly a school that has so enriched our children and thereby our respective families, in a much better position than we found it.  I have had the privilege to co-chair the annual fund for many years, to co-chair prior financial campaigns, and to serve on the Windward board of trustees for over eight years, long after my children have left for college, and now are embarking on law school, in my daughter Jenny's case, and a real estate finance career in the case of my son, Matthew.  We have eagerly participated in each and every campaign since our children started at Windward.  And the Innovation Campaign is the latest opportunity for Windward families to become involved. 
 
This is an important next step in Windward's wonderful evolution, for our children, for the families that follow, and someday hopefully for our children's children someday to enjoy. Windward is a culture of friendship and philanthropy, where all families have always joined hands together, to not just create the best environment for their children, but to pay it forward for the next generation of Windward children. This is everyone's opportunity to do just that, and to help the Windward community's collective vision, become a reality. It is an opportunity to join in something very special, of which we can all be very proud.
 
Candice and Perrie Weiner
Parents of Jenny '16 and Matthew '17

The Weitman Family

If it were not for the vision and generosity of the families that came before us, we would not be in the position that we are in today to have the facilities, administration, and staff that makes Windward so special.

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The Weitman Family

If it were not for the vision and generosity of the families that came before us, we would not be in the position that we are in today to have the facilities, administration, and staff that makes Windward so special.
 
Our current students are the beneficiaries of all of the previous families generosity and support that came before us. Windward is a special school that continues to build its legacy in the landscape of premier schools in Southern California. In the time that our family has been at Windward, I have witnessed firsthand how we continue to deliver and exceed expectations for a 7-12 grade environment. If it were not for the vision and generosity of the families that came before us, we would not be in the position that we are in today to have the facilities, administration, and staff that makes Windward so special.
 
It was an easy decision for our family to give to the Innovation Campaign. We are the beneficiaries of the people who gave before us and it is our privilege to pay it forward to the future generations to come. Everyone in the Windward community comments on how special the school is today and our family is excited to be a small part in paving the way to the continued upward trajectory of the Windward Legacy.
 
Amy and Brian Weitman
Parents of Chloe '17 and Zach '22

The Eskovitz Family

Windward has given our family so much. We want to pay it forward by investing in the School, ensuring that students continue to have such special formative experiences.

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The Eskovitz Family

Windward has given our family so much. We want to pay it forward by investing in the School, ensuring that students continue to have such special formative experiences.

James Moran, Daniel Koh, Jordan Fox, Alesia Young, Christine Bodie, Julie Friedrich, and so many others teach Windward students life lessons and give them priceless performing arts experiences. Assisting this tremendous faculty by contributing to the Innovation Campaign will guarantee that students benefit from their teaching for years to come.

Katherine and Sean Eskovitz

Parents of Phoebe '21, Lexi '24, and Dylan '24

The Bhavnani Family

There is nothing more important to us than our children. They represent out future, our legacy and define who we are.

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The Bhavnani Family

There is nothing more important to us than our children. They represent out future, our legacy and define who we are.
 
We want them to be able to have the ability to know who they are, what they enjoy and what they are good at while giving them the self confidence to do anything that they set their minds to. Windward School has done this and more for our son Jai and we are so happy to invest in this amazing institution that has allowed our son to flourish and become an incredible young man with such a bright future.
 
Our son Jai is a “disruptor,” a very creative and innovative your man. He has thrived at Windward because of amazing programs & dedicated teachers that he has had. We believe that the Innovation Campaign is a perfect way for our family to thank Windward for everything that they have done to help mold Jai today and in the future.
 
Kamila and Dilip Bhavnani

Parents of Jai '20

The Green Family

green family

Knowing that we are helping to shape the future of the School—just as the School is helping to shape our children’s future—is truly a wonderful thing.

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The Green Family

green family
As parents of two Windward students, Ava ’20 and Liam ’24, we have been most impressed with the healthy and balanced approach Windward maintains toward Middle and High School education.
 
When we were looking at secondary schools for Ava, we knew we wanted her to be in an environment where academics and social/emotional development were of equal importance in the culture of the school. 

Every decision that is made at Windward—each program that is created and everything that happens on campus—is done thoughtfully, intentionally, and with the best interest of its students in mind. Our children have flourished and are becoming the best versions of themselves as a result of Windward’s joyful approach to learning, and we are so grateful to have two teenagers who get up every day and love going to school.

Through Windward’s extraordinary Dance program, which Ava has been a member of since 7th Grade, she has had the opportunity to grow and flourish as a dancer in the same way that she has in her academic classes. She has been exposed to a caliber of dance and a level of dance education that is far beyond what most non-Performing Arts schools offer. 

Over the years, Ava has been so fortunate to be able to practice her craft in a beautiful, spacious dance studio where she has spent countless hours training with unbelievably talented teachers and guest artists.  She was able to do this because of the generosity of Windward families who helped build the Science, Dance, and Music building, which was completed in 2009. Although Ava will graduate before the completion of the new Innovation and Arts Center, we are excited that our gift will go toward the building of a new, state-of-the-art facility that will benefit all of the performing arts programs. The new studios and flexible spaces will elevate so many of the amazing programs offered at Windward and will benefit Windwardians for years to come. 

Our family is so grateful to be part of the Windward community, and it is our pleasure to give back in any way we can.  Knowing that we are helping to shape the future of the School—just as the School is helping to shape our children’s future—is truly a wonderful thing.
 
Sheri and Michael Green

Parents of Ava '20 and Liam '24

The Kovner/Moss Family

We love that Windward is always endeavoring to improve, to re-evaluate best practices, redefine pedagogical approaches, and to ultimately provide the healthiest and most superlative experience possible.  

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The Kovner/Moss Family

We love that Windward is always endeavoring to improve, to re-evaluate best practices, redefine pedagogical approaches, and to ultimately provide the healthiest and most superlative experience possible.  
 
As a second generation Windward family, we feel great pride in being part of this remarkable community. From its founding, Windward has embraced and reflected unique ideals: independent thinking, authenticity, inclusion, academic rigor, compassion, athletic distinction, equity, artistic exploration, and social justice.
 
As Windward has grown and flourished, it has been able to retain these core values while deepening its commitment to innovation and excellence. It is rare that an institution can be true to its original principles while developing into an even more effective, robust, and extraordinary place. Through its incredible leadership, faculty, staff, students, and families, Windward has achieved that rare balance.  We love that Windward is always endeavoring to improve, to re-evaluate best practices, redefine pedagogical approaches, and to ultimately provide the healthiest and most superlative experience possible.  
 
We share Windward’s ethos and paradigm and wholeheartedly support the Innovation Campaign.
 
Emily Kovner '91 and Eric Moss
Parents of Miller ’20 and Addi ‘24

The Gutman Family

The terrific campus and facilities our family enjoyed were the result of the financial support of families which came before us.

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The Gutman Family

The terrific campus and facilities our family enjoyed were the result of the financial support of families which came before us.
 

The education of my children was always of paramount importance. I was long a Windward cheerleader, supporting this special school that valued each child’s individuality, that nurtured the artists, the scientists, the athletes, the global citizens, and those who identified with all or some combination of interests. I was so grateful for the dedicated and engaged teachers and the exceptionally forward-thinking administration. It was an honor for me to serve as a team parent, on various committees of involved parents, as President of the Parent Guild, and on the Board of Trustees. Windward was our home; our community. The terrific campus and facilities our family enjoyed were the result of the financial support of families which came before us. As my son was graduating, it felt appropriate to pledge to support the further expansion of Windward to continue to enrich the experiences of future students.

Jane Gutman 
Parent of Peter '12

The Farar Family

We hope that by investing in the school, we can help Windward reach its goals of keeping the school on the cutting edge.

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The Farar Family

We hope that by investing in the school, we can help Windward reach its goals of keeping the school on the cutting edge.

We have always felt that it is important to give to the school, not only to enrich our own children’s education, but to help support Windward’s continuing educational programs. Additionally, as we learn about new technology and opportunities, we recognize it is important for the school to grow. We hope that by investing in the school, we can help Windward reach its goals of keeping the school on the cutting edge. Although we have been incredibly impressed and inspired by each phase of the Innovation Campaign, we are especially excited about the new theater and arts facility.

Lani and Justin Farar
Parents of Evan '24 and Bella '26

The Abrams/Soref Family

We have seen firsthand how Windward’s expansive, cutting-edge programming, dedication to diversity, and support of the arts (all made possible through charitable gifts), has had a transformational impact on our daughter.

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The Abrams/Soref Family

We have seen firsthand how Windward’s expansive, cutting-edge programming, dedication to diversity, and support of the arts (all made possible through charitable gifts), has had a transformational impact on our daughter.
 
Our family joined the Windward School community in 2009 when our daughter, Jolie Abrams, entered 7th Grade. Early on we were impressed that Windward “walked the walk” and did not just “talk the talk” to be an active partner in Jolie’s academic and social growth. Giving to Windward is personal to our family. We have seen firsthand how Windward’s expansive, cutting-edge programming, dedication to diversity, and support of the arts (all made possible through charitable gifts), has had a transformational impact on our daughter. Although our daughter graduated Windward in 2015, we will always remain invested in Windward. 
 
Randye Soref and Michael Abrams
Parents of Jolie '15

Funds Raised

  • $21M
  • $40M