2020 – 2021 Annual Report

Annual Fund 

The Annual Fund is our school’s number one fundraising priority every year, and the donations directly impact faculty and all students year-round. 

Every year, all members of our community—parents, faculty, staff, trustees, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends—are asked to make a tax-deductible gift to Bear Creek. The impact of these gifts can be seen in all students year-round as they support the programs that enrich and amplify their education and development so they can become the individual God intends.


The impact of participation is valued beyond the dollars. Participation with any size gift demonstrates commitment to Bear Creek, the mission, and to the school's continued success. It is a vote of confidence in our faculty too. The broader community and major donors all look at fundraising participation as a key indicator of satisfaction. If the community stands behind the school, they see Bear Creek as more deserving of their support as well. 

Through your generosity, the 2020 – 2021 Annual Fund raised more than $680,000 to benefit our students. 

The school looked a bit different last year, but our mission remained the same. No matter where our students were learning, remotely or in-person, they all experienced an excellent Bear Creek education. Because of your gift to the Annual Fund, we were able to offer a robust education to our students, keeping them engaged and motivated learners, allowing our teachers to be more innovative and creative than ever, and our community strong. 

Your donation allowed us to maintain a nurturing and safe environment for learning in and out of the classrooms. We welcomed students safely back in the classrooms, supported a stellar faculty, and funded curricular innovations and programs. Your support allowed for new technology and training for remote learning, outdoor classrooms and learning opportunities, and an upgrade to our HVAC system.  

Additionally, your gift also helped to provide $2.5 million in scholarships and financial aid to enable more families to experience the benefits of a Bear Creek education. 

Truthfully, we could not do this without you. Students, faculty and staff sincerely appreciate your generosity. 

Gratitude Gala 

The Gratitude Gala was a beautiful celebration of our Bear Creek community. Our annual gala and auction was held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. We were able to continue the time-honored tradition bringing together parents and friends of Bear Creek to celebrate community and fellowship in a festive atmosphere. The heartfelt testimonials and outstanding performances by our alumni, students, teachers, and staff, were enjoyed on over 200 screens by Bear Creek families, alumni families, faculty and staff, and grandparents from near and far.  

Each year the auction proceeds help fund The Bear Creek School today, tomorrow, and well into the future, with proceeds dedicated to a specific project each year. Through your generosity, the 2021 auction raised more than $250,000 to benefit our students, including more than a $130,000 Fund-A-Need directed to the teachers and staff. 

The generosity of our community will help move our school forward and fund two important planks of our new 2024 Strategic Plan, investing in people and investing in the program. It was an excellent opportunity to show our gratitude towards the teachers and staff as well as invest in an even better school experience for teachers, staff, and all students next year. 

Our own Bear Creek talent Kristine Shields and emcee Jeff Randall hosted the live event. It began with a performance from the Upper School choir and welcome remarks from President and Headmaster Patrick Carruth. 

The Gratitude Gala's success results from the Advancement Committee's dedicated efforts, our lovely volunteers—a special shout out to the incredible volunteers who helped host the pre-party, the outreach of our fantastic Parent Reps, and the generosity of our donors. Thank you!  

Thank you to the generous families who sponsored the gourmet dinner for our teachers and staff, who were deeply grateful to enjoy a delicious meal while they were being celebrated in the Gala. 

A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors, Cornerstone CGI, Bruner Orthodontics and Propel Insurance, and our partner A Platinum Event, whose support allowed this event to happen. 

This incredible annual event would not be possible without you. Thank you!