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Front Row Seat Annual Fund

Where Every Student Has a Front Row Seat to the Very Best Education

What is the Front Row Seat Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a campaign for many individual gifts, large and small, which provide the funds necessary to ensure the school maintains its high level of excellence in education and programming. No matter the size of the gift, each contribution to the Annual Fund is vitally important. 

Because undesignated gifts to the Annual Fund support the most pressing needs of the school as determined by our leadership, it is our highest philanthropic priority.

 Like other private schools, St. Mary's supplements costs through the Annual Fund where donations are tax-deductible - unlike tuition. Contributions to our Annual Fund bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of operating the School, keeping prices competitive while maintaining the small, close-knit community that makes St. Mary's such a treasured institution. 

Charitable contributions make up approximately fifteen percent of the annual operating budget at St. Mary's. 

Did you know? Last year, gifts to the Annual Fund established the new Annual Fund Achievement Award, a $1,000 cash scholarship awarded each spring to an outstanding graduating fifth-grader. They also funded technology upgrades that allowed St. Mary's to respond adeptly to the COVID-19 crisis, transitioning our school to a virtual learning environment and ensuring that education continued smoothly to our students. 

Your Support Matters! With your help and participation in the Annual Fund, there is no limit to what we can do to create exceptional experiences for our students today and prepare them for their success tomorrow. 

How to Give:
  • Text GIVE to 405-347-8185
  • Mail checks payable to St. Mary's Episcopal School Annual Fund to: 
    505 E. Covell Rd.
    Edmond, OK 73034
  • Make your donation securely online here. 
  • Or, contact Deborah Baucom, Director of Advancement, at 405-341-9541 or dbaucom@smesedmond.org

Guhl Family Realty Pledge

Since 2019, St. Mary's parents and brokers, Graham and Lauren Guhl, have generously supported SMES through the Guhl Family Realty Pledge. 

For every St. Mary’s Family who uses Guhl Family Realty as a selling or listing broker, Graham and Lauren will personally donate $1,000.

They will also donate $1,000 for every listing or buyer referral that comes from a St. Mary’s Family. If you’re considering buying or selling, or know someone who is, give Graham and Lauren a call at 405-315-6060.

Giving Levels:
Covell Club: $25-$99
Storm Club: $100-$249
Navy Club: $250-$499
Gold Club: $500-$999
St. Mary's Way: $1,000-$2,499
Scholar's Circle: $2,500-$4,999
Head of School Circle: $5,000-$9,999
Front Row Seat: $10,000 and above

Leadership Circle Donors: Contributions of $1,000 or greater qualify for membership in the St. Mary's Leadership Circle. Membership includes special recognition and invitations to donor appreciation events.