30th Anniversary Celebration Breakfast


November 14, 2017

On Thursday, November 2nd, B.E.S.T. upper school Students, Alumni, Trustees, Funders, and Community Leaders gathered to celebrate B.E.S.T.’s 30th Anniversary! To commemorate such an important milestone in our history, we are excited to share our 30th Anniversary Video with all of you:

We began the morning by honoring and thanking Past President, Stuart Simms. Stu joined the B.E.S.T. Board in 1991 and served for President of the Board for the last nine years. Stu was named a Trustee Emeritus at the May 2017 Board meeting. We surprised Stu by inviting members of his family to join us, including his wife, sons, parents, brother and sister-in-law, and his niece and nephew. We announced the establishment of the Stuart O. Simms President’s Fund at B.E.S.T., which will provide transformational support for our students above and beyond the existing support provided by B.E.S.T. and our member schools.

Crystal Lee, B.E.S.T.’s Director of Advancement and Class of 1996 Alumna from Garrison Forest School was the Alumna speaker. Introduced by Molly Hathaway, Trustee Emerita, Crystal shared her personal story and the profound impact B.E.S.T. had and continues to have on her life.

We were honored to have Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County join us as our Keynote Speaker, who shared with students his own story of participating in the children’s march organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All upper school B.E.S.T. students received a copy of Dr. Hrabowski’s recent book Holding Fast to Dreams as a gift to honor the 30th Anniversary of B.E.S.T.

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary with current and past B.E.S.T. students, our leadership funders, and our partners made for a morning not soon to be forgotten.

Thank you to all those who participated in the video, including: B.E.S.T. Alumni,
Tiffani Collins and Josh Perry; B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus, Theo Rodgers; Co-Founding Head of School and B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus, Redmond C.S. Finney; and students from Bryn Mawr School, Gilman School, McDonogh School, and
Roland Park Country School.

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, Keynote Speaker; Jessica Suriano, Executive Director; Crystal Lee ’96, Alumna Speaker and B.E.S.T.’s Director of Advancement; Karlo Young, Board President; Stuart Simms, Trustee Emeritus

Garrison Forest School Alumnae with Garrison Forest B.E.S.T. Students

B.E.S.T. Alumni

B.E.S.T. Students from Severn School with Dr. Hrabowski’s book

Vernon Reid, B.E.S.T. Trustee and Past President with Theo Rodgers, B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus and Past President

B.E.S.T. students from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland with Kristen Tubman, World Language Department Chair and B.E.S.T. Liaison at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Keynote Speaker with B.E.S.T. Co-Founder and Trustee Emeritus, Redmond C.S. Finney

B.E.S.T. Students from Roland Park Country School and St. Paul’s School for Girls