While our donors are unique and choose to support Tilton in a variety of ways, they share one common bond. Each has a passion for upholding the Tilton Experience for generations to come.
Ralph and Darlene Sellers GP'14, '17 have been loyal Tilton Fund donors since their eldest grandson, Christian, stepped foot on Tilton’s campus in the fall of 2010. Christian was followed in his Tilton Experience by his younger brother, Nick ‘17. Active in the Tilton community, together Christian and Nick have checked just about every box at Tilton: JV and varsity boys’ soccer, JV and varsity boys’ lacrosse, wrestling, snowboarding, theater productions, Student Ambassadors and Student Government. Christian was the recipient of the prestigious Michael Baker Award honoring excellence in +5, while Nick was crowned a New England champion for soccer.
With Christian now a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire and Nick a junior at Tilton, the Sellers continue to be proud supporters of Tilton School.
In their words:
“As the grandparents of the Ferre boys, Christian ’14 and Nicholas ’17, we have been greatly impressed with the changes and development of our two grandsons. The opportunity to reach out and explore new ventures -- intellectual, athletic, and social -- so exceeded our expectations that we found our day student grandsons, by choice, spending more time at Tilton than at home. We are happy to support the Tilton Fund for all that Tilton has done and is doing for our boys.
The Vogel (Bill & Susie P'14, Will '14) family first became interested in Tilton when considering the school for a postgraduate year for their son, Will. They were so taken by their first impressions, however, that Will opted to join the Tilton community midway through his junior year. He immediately made an impact on the hockey and lacrosse teams, but it was something more surprising that would emerge from Will’s Tilton Experience - a growing interest in theater. Will credited Tilton School as a place where he could “strike a balance between pursuing passions and finding new interests.”
Will is now a student at Birmingham-Southern College, and the Vogels proudly support Tilton School as their way of saying ‘thank you’ for their son’s Tilton Experience.
In their words:
“The Tilton Experience truly allowed our son, Will, to realize the Power of Potential: as a student, as an athlete, as a leader, and as a citizen. The Tilton community embraced our family, encouraged and supported Will, and challenged him to explore new personal frontiers. We are so grateful for the opportunities made possible for Will and could not be happier to proudly support Tilton.”
J. Christopher Burch '72: More than 40 years after his graduation from Tilton School, Chris Burch still remembers that one really special thing about Tilton School - someone really knew his name. It was the Headmaster, John MacMorran.
Today’s it’s people that remember his name. On campus his name is now interchangeable with Burch Field, the very field that was dedicated in Chris’ honor in the fall of 2014 after he donated more than $2 million toward the state-of-the-art artificial turf facility.
In the business world, his name is known as the man who has built a 30-plus year career as an investor, brand builder and entrepreneur, guiding the rise of more than 50 companies, including the luxury lifestyle brand Tory Burch of which he was the co-founder. Chris has redefined innovation, essentially cornering the market in the retail and lifestyle brand industries. He is the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital, a firm with offices in New York City and Shanghai, China. Today the investment portfolio of his firm includes wearable devices company Jawbone; office supplies innovator Poppin; wireless phone charger Powermat; and fashion brands BaubleBar jewelry and Chubbies shorts. His most recent venture is a 50-50 partnership with well known talk show host Ellen DeGeneres – the two are currently collaborating on a housewares, clothing and pet toy line know as “The E.D.”
In his words:
“Tilton School is going to be here for a long time. It’s going to be a very special piece of a lot of young men and young women’s lives. They run the school in such a lean, mean, beautiful way that every dollar is actually used in a really good way. When I look at giving, I look at every dollar I give to Tilton as $100 to something else. I think it’s important to put in everyone’s estate, I think it’s important as a parent, when we can afford a little bit to give to something that actually makes a difference in people's lives, and certainly made a difference in my life.”