EDS Capital Campaign Update

Phase 2 Launch

Campaign Goal: $1.1 Million

Dollars Raised to Date: $637,153

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We are half way there!

Since our last newsletter we have reached half of our campaign goal! We are so encouraged by the outpouring of giving we have received from our families. In only 4 months we have raised $551,753.


Now is the time to join together to reach our interim goal of $750,000 by the end of April. We are in the process of reaching out to all our EDS families so ANSWER THE CALL! We are in this together!


Campaign goal: $1.1 million

Dollars raised to date: $551,753

Latest Renderings

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Donor Spotlight: Somer and Aaron Brown

Why Do We Want To Advance the Vision?

The morning of our first meeting about the Campaign, the girls asked why we were staying at school that morning after carpool. When I explained to them that we were going to talk about building an EDS high school our oldest daughter’s eyes filled with excitement and she said, “Can you ask Mother Boo to build a college too?” While her reaction made us laugh, it also made the decision easy for us to get involved in this campaign.


EDS has not only provided an unsurpassed educational experience, allowing both of our children (who could not be more different) to thrive and grow as learners and as people, but has also become “home” to them. The educational environment at EDS simply cannot be beat – the faculty, staff, and parents alike all foster a feeling of family while pushing each and every child to be their absolute best. A week does not pass where we, as parents, do not learn something from our girls – whether it be the name of the composer who wrote the background music in a movie we are watching or the importance of “filling someone’s bucket”. Not only our children, but our entire family is better because of EDS.


While it seems light years away, before we know it our girls will be going off to high school and quite frankly, as it stands, there is not a high school in this area that gives us the comfort and confidence that our girls will continue to grow as students and people to reach their highest potential. This is why an EDS high school is not only important to us – it is a must-have. To know that our children will continue on the amazing educational and spiritual path they began in Pre-K 2 is an assurance that we cannot put a value on. To know that we will be a part of making that happen – not only for our children but for all of the children in the Lake Area now and for many, many years to come – gives us a sense of both pride and honor. While obviously we are happy to do this to insure our own girls’ receive the best possible high school education, we also feel that it is a way of giving something to our community that it desperately needs.


Whether it is a $1 or $1 Million, every cent that we collectively give to this Campaign is truly an investment in the future – our children’s future, our community’s future, and the future of our entire society. It is an invaluable investment that will give returns beyond our lifetime and I cannot think of a better way to spend both my time and my money than to insuring this Vision becomes a reality.


- Somer and Aaron Brown

Words from the Chairman of the Board: Rob Price, III

It was six years ago that I walked through the EDS campus when I was looking for a school for my son to attend. Both of my nephews were attending the school at that time, and I knew of the caring attention that they both received from the faculty. So it was really a no-brainer for me. I was really impressed with the organic, “outside the box” experience that the school’s curriculum offered. Programs like “The Leader in Me” and the “7 Habits of Successful Kids” told me right away that EDS was a different place to learn. But the loving warmth that could be felt from every faculty member I met is what really cemented the deal for me. With the smallest class sizes in town, my son has benefited tremendously from the individual attention you can only get at EDS. But, alas, I quickly realized that my son’s experience in this environment would end after the eighth grade. Does it really have to be this way? I then realized that I wanted to do something about that.


I joined the Board of Trustees three years ago with one goal in mind…making the new EDS high school a reality. The fundraising for the new campus had been proceeding quietly for years with many people wondering if it would ever happen, but we finally turned the corner last year. We had enough funds to start the process of building.


We immediately engaged the architect and engineers, and anticipate turning dirt this fall on what may be one of the most critical projects for the future of the SWLA area. We had enough, but not all the funds needed to complete 100% of the envisioned campus. That’s where the “Advancing the Vision” campaign comes in. We needed one last big push to get to our ultimate goal of building-out a complete facility. And that’s where you come in.


My many thanks to all the wonderful, generous people that realize the importance of this facility. Even if you have no ties to EDS, the value brought forth by having another private high school option in the Lake Charles area will benefit all the citizens of our community. Showcasing a school like the new South Campus will be a major attractant for new businesses coming to our area. Simply put, our area desperately needs a new facility such as this. It’s so fantastic that you chose to participate in this landmark project. As we move forward, please continue to spread the word of the value of our new school. Do all you can to send others’ generosity our way. You have my firm commitment that I will not rest until the first student crosses the threshold of this new school.


Rob Price, III

Board Chairman

Campaign Committee Leadership

Executive Planning Committee

  1. Chairman: Steven Hale

  2. Rob Price

  3. Keith Portie

  4. Matt Lundy

  5. Lisa Rubino

  6. Jenny Leach

  7. Margaret Wukovits

  8. Amanda Meche

  9. Somer Brown


Cultivation and Involvement Committee

  1. Chairman: Somer Brown

  2. Jenny Leach

  3. Lori Hale

  4. Amy Donald

  5. Jay Marque

  6. Tammie Lebert


Event Committee

1. Co-chairman: Nealie Hale and Emma Mulhearn


Direct Mail and Peer to Peer

  1. Chairman: Margaret Wukovits

  2. Lisa Leubner

  3. Laurie Ardoin

  4. Amber Corliss

  5. Gretchn El-Mogazi

  6. Yolanda Fountain

  7. Aimee Goldman

  8. Holly Kelley


Prayer and Encouragement

1. Chairman: Boo Kay

2. Fr. Jack Myers

3. John Robert Black

4. Pepe Vasquez

5. Angela Bulhof

6. Bobbie Yellott

7. Gabe Fontenot

8. Martin Yokum

Thank you to all our generous donors!

Mr. and Mrs. Joey Ardoin

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Areno

Mr. Beau Barbe

Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Begnaud

Ms. Susan Blake

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Blake

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bonilla

Mr. Jeremy Boudreaux

Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Broderick

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Brown

Mr. Billy Buehler

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Burke

William T. and Ethel Lewis Burton Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Burton

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Camel

Dr. and Mrs. Brett Cascio

Kevin and Chantal Castille

Ms. Joy Castle

Dr. Stephen Castleberry

Kelli Castleberry

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Clemmons

Mr. and Mrs. William Condos

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cox

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Daigle

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Davis

Rev. and Mrs. Seth Donald

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Doucet

Mitch and Linda Drost

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Duplechin

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Earhart

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Elliot

Mr. and Mrs. Rick El-Mogazi

Mrs. Lesli Ericson

Ms. Audrey Evans

Mr. and Mrs. Lane Farque

Mrs. Heidi Fisher

Ms. Christine Fontenot

Mr. Gabe Fontenot

Ms. Sally Fruge

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Fruge

Mrs. Elayne Gabbert

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gilmore

Dr. and Mrs. Harry Goodwin

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gover

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Grogan

David and Kathy Grubb

Corinne Grubb

Dr. and Mrs. Steven Hale

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Hale

Mr. and Mrs. JD Hankins

Ms. Savannah Havard

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hebert

Mrs. Belinda Hebert

Mrs. Ashley Hughes

Ms. Gage Ibeck

JF Smith Group

Ms. Julie Robertson

Juliet E. Hardtner Trust

Reverend Frances "Boo" Kay

Mr. and Mrs. Don Kay

Dr. and Mrs. Mohammad Khan

Mr. and Mrs. Randall King

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lawton

Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Leach

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Leach

Dr. and Mrs. Brad Lebert

Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Leblanc

Mr. and Mrs. James Leubner

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Lundy

Mrs. Betty Manuel

Mrs. Candace Marque

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Marriner

Mr. Ed Martin

Dr. and Mrs. Butch Maze

Mr. and Mrs. Doug McElveen

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Meche

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Melton

Mrs. Missy Mickey

Mr. and Mrs. David Minton

Dr. and Mrs. John Moffett

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Navarre

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Nicholas

Ms. Kay Noble

Mr. and Mrs. Lonny (Amanda) Ogea

Mr. Keith Portie

Mr. and Mrs. JB Postell

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Potter

Mrs. Amanda Pousson

Dr. Alice Prestia

Price Family

Ms. Katie Quibodeaux

F. Warren Raggio

Ms. Jean Marie Rasbeary

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rau

Mrs. Jody Reed

Mrs. Libby Richards

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Riquelmy

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Rose

Ms. Mandi Royer

Dr. and Mrs. Greg Rubino

Mrs. Stephanie Savoie

Mrs. Taryn Scarborough

Mr. and Mrs. John Schnake

Mr. and Mrs. Corey Scroggs

Mr. Tom Shearman

Ms. Pam Spears

Mr. and Mrs. Gray Stream

Southwest Beverage

Mrs. Anna Temple

Ms. Brittany Theriot

Mrs. Alisha Tumey

Ms. Julie Van Dyke

Mrs. Kim Vasquez

Ms. Kailey Venable

Mrs. Ada Vincent

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Werner

Glenda Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams

Mrs. Sandra Williams

Mrs. Kyra Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williamson

Ms. Amelia Yakupzack



List reflects gifts received as of April 2018. Please contact the EDS Office of Advancement if an error has been made.

How Can You Help?

We ask everyone to pray for and encourage our committees as we continue to raise funds for our new middle and upper school. If you would like to get involved in additional capacities please call the Advancement office at (337) 433-5246 and ask for Allison Schnake, Director of Advancement.