Parents' Fund

Parents' Fund

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Thank you, Class Captains!

Class of 2021

  • Lisa and Tim Broadbent 
  • Kim and John Church
  • Bonita and Howard Erbstein
  • Lindy and Warren Lilien
  • Lisa and Harry Segalas

Class of 2022

  • Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley
  • Diane and Joe Koziol
  • Paige and Chad Meuse
  • Betsey and Ted Pick

Class of 2023

  • Kate Betts and Chip Brown 
  • Alisa and Curt Brockelman 
  • Leslie and Kevin Coleman 

Class of 2024

  • Jane and Chris Hentemann
  • Icy and Scott Frantz

If you have any questions, please call or email Joyce Romano '92, P'14, Director of Parent Giving, at 860-945-7749 or

Taft Welcomes New Parents’ Fund Chairs

Taft is pleased to announce Neile and Chad Messer as the new chairs of the 2020–21 Parents’ Fund. Chad, Class of 1990, recently celebrated his 30th Taft Reunion.

Neile and Chad are active members of school life, having attended many events both on and off campus over the years. Their older daughter, Hartley ’20, graduated last spring, and Caroline ’22, is in her third year at Taft. They also have a younger daughter, Lindsay.

“We were honored to be asked to chair the Parents’ Fund as we are passionate about Taft and so happy to be able to give back to a school that means so much to our family,” the Messers told the school.

For the past 28 years, parents have shown their generous support of the Parents’ Fund with a participation rate of at least 90 percent.

Before accepting their new roles, Neile and Chad served as members of the Parents’ Committee for two years and spent countless hours volunteering. Chad takes pride in his Taft education and the opportunities it has provided him, and he wants to make sure that stays true for every Taft graduate.

“One of our favorite ways to spend time on campus has been to watch athletic events. We are fortunate to live an hour away from Taft and many of the other Founders League schools. Being on the sidelines is a great place to connect with faculty, classmates, and other parents,” the Messers stated.

“One of our goals as chairs of the Parents’ Fund is to work with Taft to keep parents as engaged as possible.”

We thank the Messers for leading the Parents’ Fund in a year of extraordinary challenges and opportunities.

In the spirit of fiscal and environmental stewardship, we no longer print the annual donor report. For your privacy, our online report is password protected; the password has been sent to alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school. Questions? Call the Alumni Office at 860.945.7900.    

Leadership Giving Societies

Rhino Society:
1st-5th Reunion: $250+
6th-10th Reunion: $500+
1890 Society: $1,890—$4,999
Red & Blue Society: $5,000—$9,999
Non ut Sibi Society: $10,000—$24,999
Head of School Society: $25,000—$49,999
Winifred T. Taft Society: $50,000—$99,999
Horace D. Taft Society: $100,000 and above

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