The Riverfront’s loss is Sanford’s gain, as our school will have the honor of hosting the 4th annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s event for Team Fox-Delaware on Sat., Sept. 22, from 8 am to Noon at the Sports Center. Proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, a cause near and dear to the heart of the late Chip MacKelcan who retired from Sanford after serving as head of school for 13 years.
Chip’s relationship with the foundation began in 2009 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Although physicians later changed that original diagnosis to Multiple Systems Atrophy, Chip’s passion for the foundation’s work continued. Last year, to pay tribute to Chip, a Sanford griddle team composed of students and faculty participated in Pancakes for Parkinson’s. This year, Chip’s Griddlers are back in action, hoping to help Team Fox-Delaware reach their goal of $100,000.
Philanthropy is an integral part of the Sanford culture. Our parents, students, and staff generously give back to the community by contributing their time, talent, and treasure—so when this opportunity presented itself, our leadership team jumped at the chance to get involved.
“Efforts in local communities rely on the generous help of so many,” says Carroll Ivy Laurence, Team Fox-Delaware committee member. “This year our Pancakes for Parkinson’s event needed a new location, and a core group of volunteers helped scout a new spot. The late Chip MacKelcan immediately took action, reaching out to the Sanford School. School leaders stepped right up to help out. The gym and grounds are perfect for hosting the hundreds expected for our pancake breakfast. The facility is, of course, family-friendly and really will allow us to meet our goal of raising awareness and needed funds to speed better treatments to the Parkinson’s community.”
Assistant to the Head of School Loren Yates, who was also Chip’s assistant and the organizer of this year’s Chip’s Griddlers team, has worked diligently and tirelessly to make sure that the event is successful. Loren’s masterful event planning skills and her understanding of Chip’s passion about Parkinson’s research and volunteerism have made her the perfect point person to work with the Team Fox committee.
Head of School Mark Anderson, who succeeded Chip in July of 2011, is excited about Sanford’s participation, stating: “We are pleased to welcome the Pancakes for Parkinson’s event to our campus. Sanford prides itself on modeling for our students the importance of giving back. Events like Pancakes for Parkinson’s allow Sanford to live the values of service and leadership in the Wilmington community. Also, the timing couldn’t be better. We are honoring Chip just two days after the breakfast with Sanford’s Founder’s Day award. At that time, our community will again have an opportunity to pay tribute to a leader who gave so much to our wonderful school.”
For more information about Pancakes for Parkinsons, visit our website.