KO celebrates a year of success at annual leadership dinner


At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, KO held its annual leadership dinner to celebrate the success of the past year. 

Director of Leadership Giving Jayne Rotter who helped organize the event described its meaning and impact it has. “The goal of the leadership dinner is to bring all the different constituencies at KO together to celebrate the successes of the previous year,” she said. “We had alumni, current parents, faculty who’ve been here more than 20 years, the senior leadership team, and the board of trustees.”

The event was held in the dining hall and library after a weather forecast of heavy winds and rain meant it could no longer take place in the outdoor tent. Ms. Rotter credited the parent chairs of the event, Deborah and Michael Fountain, parents of senior Chase Fountain and Stacey and Dan Weinstein, parents of sophomore Camryn Weinstein and Jaden Weinstein ’21, for helping make the transition to indoors run smoothly. 

“Thanks to the help of the tremendous chairs of the event, we really transformed the dining hall and the library into a venue,” she said. Elegant white flowers sat atop tables in the dining hall, and black and white balloons floated around the room.

As guests arrived at the library, they enjoyed appetizers and took pictures in front of the designated picture wall while KO’s jazz ensemble performed. 

Next, the group made their way into the dining hall for thirty minutes of speeches given by Ms. Rotter, Head of the Upper School Tom Dillow, Chair of the Board of Trustees Mary Martin, the parent chairs of the event, and this year’s keynote speaker, senior Alyssa Temkin. 

Alyssa said she was honored to be chosen as the speaker this year and wanted to use her speech to give back thanks to KO and share how her time here has impacted her. “In my speech, I wanted to share my love for KO and talk about some of the amazing experiences I have taken part in at KO,” she said. “I honestly just wanted to talk about KO and my personal experiences and the overall theme that, at KO, you should never be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and always take risks.” 

When Alyssa said her final words, the crowd rose to their feet applauding. “Alyssa was the highlight of the evening,” Ms. Rotter said. 

After the speeches, everyone sat down for dinner. Catered by Sage Dining, dinner featured a carving station with meat, salad, salmon, rice, potatoes, green beans, and dinner rolls. 

As the night came to a close, guests picked up tasty desserts catered by Sage Dining and a KO leadership dinner picture frame on their way out the door. 

Alyssa loved was getting to meet and talk to so many people. “It was so impactful getting to meet so many people who have special connections to KO,” she said.

Mr. Dillow emphasized the importance of holding this event as a way to extend gratitude to individuals who are essential to the advancement of KO. “The dinner was such a warm and positive KO event,” he said. “It was an opportunity to thank supporters of our school in person, whose generosity allows us to attract and retain a superb faculty and staff and the continued growth of our academic programs.”

The night was a great way for the members of the KO community to be together and enjoy themselves. “I think everyone had a wonderful time being together,” Ms. Rotter said, “and people were really happy to celebrate KO’s success and looking forward to what’s to come.”