In July of 2018, the League School established the Friends of League to bring together a group of professionals who could contribute to the school and its mission. Representing a cross-section of professional and personal expertise, the group is tasked with supporting the school by providing their time, strategic knowledge, and resources. The group recently reconvened in person for the first time in two years, but the individuals have been working behind the scenes on a variety of events.
“The Friends of League enhances the school’s knowledge base by providing expertise we might not have in-house,” said Chief Executive Officer, Larry Sauer. “As ambassadors, the members spread the word about the school’s work through their professional and personal networks.” The school hopes to expand the group’s geographic reach in keeping with the school’s strategic vision.
“Although my son, who has autism, didn’t go to school at League School, I am very appreciative of the school’s programs,” said Sammi Robertson, new Friends of League Chair, and President of Bailey’s Team for Autism. “Networking with others who support the Autism community is valuable, and it’s rewarding to help others who are facing these challenges navigate life.”
“I try to help where help is needed, and giving back represents the best of ourselves,” said Jim Major, Friends of League member, and retired Executive Director of MAAPS, the statewide trade association for approved special education providers. “It is heartwarming to see the commitment of the school’s staff and to see how the organization has evolved over the decades.”
Representatives from the real estate, insurance, legal, marketing communications, media, restaurant, finance, and home improvement industries; a children’s foundation; as well as a student’s parents, round out the roster. “The Friends of League have helped grow our network of ambassadors out into the community,” said Tim McCabe, Director of Development. “Their sponsorships and committee work have been instrumental to the success of our events and fundraising efforts.”