Episcopal School of Jacksonville celebrated its 50th anniversary last week with a special Chapel service and Founders’ Day celebration, held at the Dale D. Regan Plaza on campus. The service included a proclamation from Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, remarks from Episcopal Founder David W. Foerster and keynote speaker Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
The ceremony also included the induction of new Honorary Trustees and Trustees Emeriti by Rob Clements, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Trustees Emeriti inducted this year included Thad McNulty and Ponte Vedra resident Kay Zambetti. Rick Jones was named an Honorary Trustee.
“Each of these inductees has long contributed to the success and well-being of Episcopal,” said Head of School Charles F. Zimmer. “From their involvement in multi-million dollar campaigns to ensure the success of the School to the gift of their time and talents, Episcopal is extremely grateful for all that Rick, Thad and Kay have contributed to our community over many, many years. As we honor our Founders on our 50th anniversary, it is clear to me that Rick, Thad and Kay personify for us today the Founders’ intent in ensuring the long-term viability of the mission of the School.”
Zambetti is the parent of three alumni (Mike ’80, Kaki ’82, Kirk ’86) and grandparent of Sarah ’08 and Emily ’10. Zambetti was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1985-1993. Her leadership roles while on the Board of Trustees included the Head of School search committee, buildings and grounds, athletics, advancement, finance personnel policy, strategic planning, admissions, endowment and library planning.
Zambetti also was Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1986-1989 (at the time, the Dean of St. John’s Cathedral was automatically the chair). Zambetti also served on the steering committee for the Journey to Greatness capital campaign that helped build the Munnerlyn Center for Worship and Fine Arts. Episcopal honored Zambetti in 1989 for National Philanthropy Day.
She has given to Episcopal for more than 30 consecutive years and is a member of the 50 by Fifty Society of lifetime leadership donors, as well as the Mary Packer Cummings Society. Zambetti was named an Honorary Trustee in 1995.