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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Jan. 13, 2014

CASE Names 2014 Independent Schools Award Recipients

ORLANDO, Fla.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today honored the 2014 recipients of its Independent Schools Awards during an awards luncheon at the annual CASE-NAIS Independent Schools conference in Orlando.

Two individuals and one foundation were selected for their commitment and service to primary and secondary independent school education.

Denise Martin received the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which recognizes advancement professionals for dedication to the profession, their institutions and CASE. Martin currently serves as executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation. Prior to this, Martin had a successful 25-year career with the Center for Early Education in West Hollywood, Calif., where she held leadership positions in advancement at the independent school.

In addition to her extensive fundraising experience, Martin is an experienced educator—she worked as an art teacher at an independent school in New York City at the beginning of her career—and previous consultant for cultural organizations.

Martin is a strong supporter and long-time volunteer of CASE. Most recently, she served as a member of the CASE Board of Trustees (2008-2013) and was chair of the 2008 CASE-NAIS Independent Schools conference.

Donald O'Neill received the Seymour Preston Award, which honors trustees for providing exceptional leadership to an institution. O'Neill has been a supporter of Malvern Preparatory School, located in Malvern, Pa., for more than 40 years. In addition to serving two, nine-year terms on the board, O'Neill served as board chair and was instrumental in establishing the school's alumni association and annual fund. In 1975, he was one of four people responsible for keeping the school from closing during a financial crisis. O'Neill, who was elected trustee emeritus in the 1990s, contributed the largest single gift in the school's history for its athletic complex.

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation received the John R. Chandler Award, which recognizes the long-term support of a corporation or foundation on independent schools. Northwestern Mutual, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., is one of the few remaining national companies to provide employee matching gifts to private, secondary education. Since 1995, it has matched dollar-for-dollar contributions made by its employees for a total of $40 million. Beyond the financial support, more than 1,000 employees donated nearly 30,000 hours to community service in 2013, volunteering for various nonprofit boards and school groups, including alumni associations. The award recognizes the foundation's work with K-12 independent schools, especially in the Milwaukee area, including Marquette University High School, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Catholic Memorial High School, St. Joan Antida High School and nearly two dozen other independent schools.

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