Dunn School will hold a grand opening for the Cindy Bronfman Leadership Center, 3:30 p.m. March 13., on the Dunn campus, 2555 W. Highway 154, Los Olivos.
The Cindy Bronfman Leadership Center is part of the $10.1 million Leading Matters Campaign that funds the new building, endows scholarships, and supports the leadership curriculum. The building is the first new structure on campus in almost 20 years.
The center will be the hub of the leadership program, which helps students discover strengths, take initiatives, and increase confidence in their abilities. The leadership center includes an innovation lab, a student-run café, a college counseling center, and several spaces for student study, reflection and collaboration.
“Ten years ago, I asked Cindy to kick off this campaign with a $1 million gift to the building,” said Mike Beck, head of Dunn School. “She was on the Board of Trustees and is the parent of a graduate. She continues to be an advocate for Dunn School.
“Cindy and Adam Bronfman’s gift has allowed us to provide space for our students and reinforce our mission of whole-student education for a lifetime of learning and leadership.”
Adam Bronfman, managing director for New York-based The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, is a leader in the worldwide Jewish community, known for his philanthropic vision in promoting learning and outreach.
Beck, who will retire from Dunn in 2021, said of the 10-year campaign: “Our parents, alumni, trustees and friends have made this a successful campaign that I am proud to see completed before I leave.” Beck and his wife Maura are moving to Virginia to be near their grandchildren.
Dunn School, established in 1957, is a 6-12 grade middle and college-prep high school. The 55-acre campus is home to 250 day and boarding students who represent 16 countries as well as students from Santa Barbara County.