The Fund for RE

Your time is also a gift

Alumni, parents, parents of alumni (PALs), grandparents, faculty and staff work together on an annual basis to raise funds that support the current operations of the school.

Volunteer solicitors make a direct and lasting impact on Ransom Everglades by sustaining its growth and promoting its ability to respond to immediate priorities. Each year, with the support of our staff, more than 250 volunteers serve as front-line ambassadors and make personal contact with their peers. A key goal for all committees is to increase the number of individuals participating in The Fund for Ransom Everglades with gifts to the school.

To learn more about volunteer committees within The Fund for Ransom Everglades, we invite you to explore the program areas below.

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  • Alumni

    Alumni of all class years reach out to their fellow alumni to keep them connected to the school and encourage their support through making a gift to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. List of Current Class Agents
    Alumni Fund for RE Chairs: Phil Cassel ’03 and Todd Mestepey '91

    Young Benefactor Circle Chairs: Marissa Schwartz Gimelstein ’06 and Arturo Pedroso ’03
  • Reunion Giving

    In their reunion year, Reunion Giving volunteers help raise funds from their classmates to celebrate their time together at Ransom Everglades and support the school. List of Current Class Agents
  • Parents

    Parents of current RE students reach out to other parents, helping them to connect to the school and asking them to consider gifts to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. Parent volunteers are organized by grade teams with Parent Grade Chairs who lead each team. List of current parent fund volunteers
    Chairs: Karen and Steve Holzman P'21

  • PALs (Parents of Alumni)

    Parents of RE alumni reach out to their peers, helping them to remain connected to the school even after their children have left and asking them to continue supporting The Fund for Ransom Everglades. PAL volunteers are encouraged to attend and support REPALs events, as well.

  • Grandparents

    Grandparents of current RE students reach out to other grandparents, helping them to connect to the school and asking them to consider gifts to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. Grandparent volunteers encourage their peers to attend RE events, including Grandparents Day, so that they may see the wonderful opportunities available to their grandchildren.

    Chairs: Toby Ansin P’81 ’84 ’90, GP’25 ’26 '27 and Suzie Sayfie P’88 ’89 ’91 ’93, GP’21 ’25 ’26 ’26 '27 '27
  • Faculty and Staff

    Current RE faculty and staff reach out to their peers to ask for their support of the school. Faculty and staff are organized by campus and department with Faculty Chairs for the upper and middle schools, as well as an overall Staff Chair, who lead each team.

    Chairs: Astrid Dalins, Bob DuBard, Corey Goff P’24 '26, Joe Mauro, Ginny Onorati P’03 and Monique Regis

“Year after year, we have experienced the intellectual and personal growth that transforms students at this extraordinary school through our daughter’s eyes and look forward to another year watching her learn and excel. As Parent Chairs of The Fund for Ransom Everglades, we are honored to work with more than 150 parent volunteers to ensure that the school continues to provide countless opportunities for our children in and out of the classroom.

When asked why we support Ransom Everglades and why we took on this role in particular, one thing stood out: everything about The Fund for Ransom Everglades embodies the phrase ‘it takes a village.’

It takes a village of passionate faculty and staff to prepare our children for a bright future. The Fund for RE provides the resources they need to guide our children along their personal journeys at RE.

It takes a village of dedicated volunteers to engage every parent in discussions about giving back to RE. This is an opportunity for us to be a part of something big and make an impact. When we all work together, we are inspired by the enthusiasm of so many who believe in RE.

It takes a village of generous and loyal donors to contribute more than $3 million annually, allowing RE to provide the margin of excellence that sets the school apart. Every gift is important. Our collective support demonstrates the strength of our community.

On behalf of the seven grade teams of parent volunteers, we hope that you will join us with a gift to The Fund for RE that is meaningful for your family. We joyfully make our gifts each year because every aspect of the Ransom Everglades experience has lived up to our expectations: our daughter is thriving and our family is part of an amazing community.”
Karen and Steve Holzman P’21
Parent Chairs, The Fund for RE


Your time is also a gift.

To volunteer, contact Melissa Bonafonte, Director of The Fund for Ransom Everglades, at 305 460 8215 or via email.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.