Join LFA’s Board of Trustees, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends at Gala 2023 on Saturday, April 29, where we’ll inspire next-level school spirit while joining together to fundraise for LFA’s Athletic Center Expansion. It’s in our court, so let’s have a ball!
Champion Presenting Sponsor
Humberto Martinez Jr. and Sara McKinnon-Martinez P’20, ’21, ’25
LFA All Stars Premier Gala Patron
Charlie and Jackie Pick P’26, ’26
Spirit Squad Patrons
Schaefer’s Wines & Spirits
Bill and Libby Graham P’24, ’25
Ayesha and Martin Ewing P’26, ’27
Prachi and Katsuri Rangan P’24
- Future Athletic Center Expansion
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Future Athletic Center Expansion
Lake Forest Academy is embarking on an ambitious capital project that will see a major expansion of the Academy’s indoor athletic facilities. This 45,000-square-foot Athletic Center expansion to the west of Crown Fitness & Wellness Center will double the indoor space for athletics, fitness, and recreation.
See more images and information about the project on the Athletic Center Expansion page.
Goals for the Athletic Center Expansion
- Support the Academy’s commitment to wellness opportunities to ensure the educational and personal success of students, faculty, and staff.
- Provide LFA’s 37 athletic teams with more functional and efficient indoor space for practice, training, and competition and recreational space for the entire LFA community.
- Deliver on the promise of a Top 20 college-preparatory boarding school experience with excellence in academics, arts, and athletics.
Message from Our Gala Co-Chairs
Trustee Charlie ’96 & Nicole Cooper
Karin (LFA Trustee) & Nick Fink P’22,’23 (The Fink Family)
Leslie & Stu Rosen P’25, ’25 (The Rosen Family)
Dear Fellow Parents and Friends of LFA,
We are proud to serve as the parent co-chairs of Lake Forest Academy’s Gala 2023, “Let’s Have a Ball,” along with alumni co-chairs Trustee Charlie ’96 & Nicole Cooper. This year, the Academy community will come together to raise funds in support of the Academy’s largest individual capital project in history – the Athletic Center Expansion.
I hope you’ll join us in supporting this exciting project that underscores the Academy’s commitment to the physical and mental well-being of its students, faculty, and staff through athletics. As parents, we know athletics are central to the LFA student experience, whether it's through playing competitively, trying out a new sport for the first time or cheering on classmates from the bleachers. These are the memories that bond our children and fill us with appreciation for their coaches and teammates.
The ball’s in our court! Join us at Gala 2023 for a night to remember.
Karin (LFA Trustee) & Nicholas Fink P’22, ’23 and Leslie & Stu Rosen P’25, ’25
Messages from the Community
Playing basketball at LFA was a pivotal experience in my life. Managing the schedule of training, games, and school taught me about balance. Overcoming injuries taught me about perseverance. Being a captain taught me about servant leadership. Tight games taught me about managing pressure. Tough games taught me humility. And trying to play defense taught me about defeat (you think I'm joking, but ask my coach and he'd tell you that I would struggle to guard a chair).
Most importantly basketball gave me a family with whom I am still close today. When starting at LFA, you can feel far from home. Open gyms on Friday nights and pickup games on the weekend introduced me to so many people when I was new. Eventually, my teammates became my roommates, next-door-neighbors, and best friends.
My coach, Matt Vaughn, changed my life in more ways than one. Beyond his tutelage of the game (and the life lessons he often "borrowed" from Hoosiers), he was a confidante, a mentor, and a big brother. He gave me tough love when I got in trouble at school, was honest with me about where I could improve as a player, and was the first to give me a friendly ribbing when I took myself too seriously. There was no adult I trusted more at school, and no one I wanted to make prouder.
Basketball introduced me to the people who helped me navigate my adolescence. And I am certainly not alone. High school athletics, in all its forms, is a vital outlet at a crucial time in life. The people it brings you in contact with will shape your future. Having a world-class facility means even more opportunities for world-class experiences.Max Bernstein ’04McKinsey & Company
former captain, LFA varsity basketball
The new athletic facility on campus will be a game-changer for our students. Athletics plays a crucial role in their development, both mentally and physically, as numerous studies have shown. With the new facility, all students will have the opportunity to practice at the same time, eliminating the scheduling conflicts that often arise throughout the year, especially during the winter and spring seasons. This not only allows more people to attend evening games but raises student support at each game and boosts school spirit, while also making it easier for them to manage their schedule.Dieter Villegas ’18Mathematics Teacher, soccer coach
The Glore Gymnasium was named for my grandfather, Charles Foster Glore, by my grandmother, Ellen Hixon Glore. My grandfather was a longtime Board member at LFA and was committed to the school. It was an honor to have our family name on the gym. He would be proud to know that the strong tradition of athletics lives on at LFA. I hope the new athletics facility brings joy to the students and that they’ll take advantage of this new, modern addition. I’m proud to know the Glore Gym has served the LFA community so well for 70 years and will remain a place for students to play and practice indoors. I encourage all of the female students at LFA to learn what Title IX did for women and their involvement in sports. Maude Glore ’66Ferry Hall
The Athletic Center Expansion will optimize the chance for Lake Forest Academy students to be their best selves as both students and athletes. The new facility will allow our sports teams to practice right after school. This means they will get to dinner earlier, start studying earlier in the evening, and get enough sleep to greet each day with energy and optimism.
From the college counseling perspective, sports team membership is part of developing a well-rounded student, a characteristic that makes for a strong college applicant. It also provides opportunities for leadership and teaches time management and organizational skills, which are critical for success in college. For those students who plan to play at the collegiate level, the Athletic Center Expansion will be important in providing them with a high-caliber facility for training and competition. With this new athletic building, all of our facilities—academic, athletic, community—now reflect the present-day institutional strength of LFA. Andrew PoskaDean of College Counseling, prep hockey coach
Some of my best intangible skills were built from the foundation of golf and athletics. LFA expected the most out of students. Playing golf while juggling school taught me discipline and time management, which helped me when I played in college. Everyone within my LFA athletics experience helped support me and my goal to play D1 golf. My teammates helped me advance my game. Being able to compete against the boys, as there was no girls team at the time, helped me hit the ball farther and gain confidence at long-distance shots. I was able to have a leg up when making the transition to NCAA yardages. My teammates were always there for me in season as well as off season as practice partners. As an individual sport, it is so easy to get mentally frustrated, but my teammates kept my competitive edge intact.
Mr. Lewis was not only my golf coach but also my mentor and college counselor. I started my recruiting process early, during sophomore year, and looking at schools and choosing a program seemed daunting. He always believed in me and wanted the best for my future. I have never looked back at my decision to commit to Boston College, and I wouldn’t have been able to seamlessly make that decision without him.Katie Kim ’15Solutions Analyst, Roku,
former captain, LFA varsity golf
For me, the Athletic Center Expansion is all about giving the LFA community a place that they can always call home. This building will give students a place to grow athletically and socially while keeping physically fit. When they walk through those doors, they’ll be able to unwind and just have fun. It’s about providing a better way of life for the students. The new space will give us the ability to hold numerous practices at the same time; our students can then go to dinner and have time to connect with their friends before study hours. In addition, our student-athletes will be able to train all year and have extra time to work on their craft and become stronger in their sport.
The new facility will also allow coaches to get practices done on schedule and have more time to spend with family and friends. Lastly, I want to make sure all alumni know that this is their home. The LFA athletic spaces will always be a place for them to be proud of, a place they can always use, and a place where, when they look around, they know they helped lay the foundation for today’s students. I hope everyone will have the opportunity to see this new facility and appreciate the positive impact it will have on campus life for every student. Darrin Madeley P’11, ’14Athletic Director, Director of Summer Programs,
prep hockey head coach, varsity girls softball head coach
Being on a team at LFA exponentially enhanced my Academy experience. I have fond memories of going from complete strangers on day one, to being really close with my fellow teammates in a short matter of time. This bond continued throughout my time at LFA. Joining different teams in a wide range of sports allowed me to meet classmates of all ages. I was able to learn from the experiences and teachings of the grades above and passed down valuable tips to the ones below.
Through basketball tournaments over Thanksgiving, I was fortunate, as a boarder, to celebrate the holiday with my teammates and their families. This remains a special memory to this day. Experiences like this contribute to why LFA is such a special place, as friendships extend beyond campus. I have LFA sports to thank for that.Cedric Chong ’19University of Auckland,
former captain, LFA varsity basketball and track; football player
Coaching at a small school like LFA should always be student centered. I strongly believe that if you focus on building the character and resilience of the player first, everything else will fall in line. Sports are the center of what creates leaders in life. My coaching philosophy goes past teaching a sport but how can these skills translate into real life.Tanika GolotaAthletic Coordinator, girls basketball coach
Business Sponsorship & Family Patron Levels
Your Gala game day experience like no other as we raise funds for the Athletic Center Expansion – the largest capital project in LFA history!
Champion Presenting Sponsor:
Limited to two Champion Presenting opportunities
- Corporations and businesses have an optional 90-second video advertisement (donor provided)
- Recognition in event communications as Champion Presenting Sponsor including event webpage and email communications
- Business logo featured in event gobo lighting
- Two sponsored social media posts on LFA’s Facebook and Instagram promoting Gala
- Champion Presenting Sponsor acknowledgment during program with logo/photo on screen
- Gala Pre-Party Leadership Reception at Wood House (Head of School home) – invite only
- CENTERCOURT VIP seating for 10 guests; close to the Gala performance and stage
- Dedicated server for your table’s cocktail service
LFA All-Stars – Premier Gala Experience:
Limousine service for 10 guests*
Gala Pre-Party Leadership Reception at Wood House
(Head of School home) – invite only
CENTERCOURT VIP seating for 10 guests;
close to Gala performance and stage
All-Star recognition during program
Premium wines at table
Dedicated server for your table’s cocktail service
Framed souvenir photo with Caxy mascot
*Up to 10 guests within 50 miles of Lake Forest
**Limousine can be arranged to chauffeur to an after-party location near LFA before returning home
- Be our Most Valuable Patron!
- Corporations and businesses have an optional 30-second video advertisement (donor provided)
- Prominent recognition as MVP on Gala webpage and email communications
- One sponsored social media post on LFA’s Facebook and Instagram promoting Gala
- MVP Sponsor acknowledgment during program with logo/family photo on screen
- Invitation to Gala Pre-Party Leadership Reception at Wood House (Head of School home) – invite only
- COURTSIDE seating for 10 guests
- Recognition as a Varsity Sponsor/Patron on Gala webpage and email communications
- All Sponsors acknowledged on LFA’s social media platforms promoting Gala
- Varsity Sponsor/Patron acknowledgment during program with logo/family photo on screen
- Invitation to Gala Pre-Party Leadership Reception at Wood House (Head of School home) – invite only
- COURTSIDE seating for six guests
Press Box/Technology Sponsor: $2,500+
- Help underwrite the audio-visual requirements and mobile bidding technology for Gala 2023
- Press Box/Technology Sponsor signage at event check-in and acknowledgement during the program with logo on screen
- Preferred seating for four guests
Show your Gala Spirit and join the Spirit Squad!
- Spirit Squad patrons acknowledgment during program
- Names of Spirit sponsors displayed prominently at bars located in Glore Gymnasium
- Preferred seating for two guests
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the purpose of Gala 2023?
Lake Forest Academy is embarking on an ambitious capital project that will see a major expansion of the Academy’s indoor athletic facilities. This 45,000-square-foot Athletic Center Expansion to the west of Crown Fitness & Wellness Center will double the indoor space for athletics, fitness, and recreation. Visit the Athletic Center Expansion webpage for a project overview and to see renderings of the project.
Q: Who will be in attendance at the Gala
Gala is an annual fundraising event that welcomes our LFA community at large – parents, alumni, grandparents, alumni parents, and friends – to celebrate with LFA faculty, staff, and trustees.
Q: What should I wear?
Gala 2023 attire is “Suits & Sneakers” – Cocktail attire (suits, dresses, gowns) with athletic footwear or flats/wedges to help us protect the gym floor.
Q: What is the format of the evening?
This year's run of the show will be a little different than in years past. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. in the Gorter Athletic Commons of Crown. At 7 p.m., you will move into the gymnasium for the program, student entertainment, dinner, and paddle raise. At the paddle raise, the auctioneer will invite you to raise your paddle to support the Gala project. The auctioneer will recognize donations by calling out paddle numbers. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to donate through a mobile app on your phone.
Q: What is the timeframe for the Athletic Center Expansion completion?
The LFA Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Athletic Center Expansion Project at its January 2023 meeting and further identified this project as the fundraising focus for the Academy’s 2023 Gala. We anticipate construction will begin in spring/summer of 2023 with a targeted completion date of early fall 2024. These targets are determined by the project's fundraising progress.
Q: How will the donations raised pay for this project?
Paddle raise proceeds and donations from the 2023 Gala will benefit the Athletic Center Expansion project. In addition, the Academy must seek major and principal gifts, including funding naming opportunities, in support of the project.
Q: Will donors have an opportunity to name spaces in the new Athletic Center?
Yes. There are multiple opportunities to name spaces in the new Athletic Center Expansion ranging from the commons area, to multiple squash courts, training room, indoor running track, and spectator seating, among others. Please contact Associate Dean of Advancement Garry Sloan for more information.
Q: How will campus life be affected during the construction?
Any construction on campus causes some inconvenience, but we do not anticipate any significant disruptions to classes or athletics. The expectation is that school life will continue as normal.
Q: Once completed, how will the Athletics Center Expansion project help LFA stand out amongst its peer schools?
LFA will be the only high school in Illinois that has both an ice rink and squash courts as a part of their athletic facilities.