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A Night for the Red & White!

A Night for the Red & White, March 2, 2019


Thank you to all who attended this year’s event on March 2, 2019 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, where more than 600 Shaker parents, teachers, staff and community members came together in support of the Shaker Schools.

Whether you attended the event, bought raffle tickets, bid on items from the silent auction or donated to the Innovation Fund in support of the District’s i 3 initiatives, your contributions make it possible for us to continue providing a world-class education to all Shaker students at every building and grade level.

Thanks to your generosity, we were able raise more than $42,000 in direct donations for the District’s i 3 initiative supporting STEAM learning. If you did not yet have an opportunity, please view the video presentation highlighting innovation in the Shaker schools. To add your support for this initiative, you may donate online at any time.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our event co-chairs, Renee Boyle, Tiffany Meagrow and Jen Pethel, as well as the many committee members who donated their time and talents to making this event a huge success! We are also grateful to our corporate sponsors, advertisers and auction donors for their contributions. It truly takes a village to support our wonderful teachers and students. THANK YOU!

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters of the Red & White! Click the image below to preview our event program.

Shaker Speaks Series 2019

Each “Shaker Speaks” event features Shaker alumni who will share their insights and invite participants to listen, learn, discuss and connect about the issues and ideas. Proceeds from the event support the Shaker Schools Foundation.

Only 50 tickets will be available for each event unless otherwise specified. Tickets are $50 and each evening will be hosted in Shaker Heights.

Light refreshments will be served at all events. Directions and final event details will be emailed the month prior to the event.

Buy tickets for any or all events by clicking the ticket button below.

Mariama Whyte, Class of ’93, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7 p.m.



Singer, songwriter, actor and educator Mariama Whyte will entertain us with an evening of song and stories in a private home. Mariama has wowed audiences in leading roles with the Broadway national tours of The Lion King and The Color Purple and in numerous productions with The Cleveland Playhouse and Karamu House, where she recently performed in Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone. She also performed a special Nina Simone tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in honor of Simone’s 2018 induction. Mariama has performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, shared the stage with famed music producer David Foster, Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child, and enjoys performing at Cleveland venues like Nighttown and the Bop Stop. She has also had success as a recording artist, in modeling and in independent films. While growing up in Shaker, Mariama honed her musical and acting skills at Karamu House, Music School Settlement, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Shaker Heights High School where she served as concertmaster of the Shaker Orchestra. Mariama loves working with youth and is currently a teaching artist with Playhouse Square. She has also served as a teaching artist for Cleveland Play House and Cleveland Public Theatre. Mariama is the sister of Shaker Heights Middle School principal Miata Hunter, Class of ‘92, and is the proud parent of a Shaker Middle School student.

Jamie Babbit, Class of ’89, Sunday, July 7, 7 p.m. at Shaker Rocks


Jamie will regale us with tales of her experiences as a screenwriter, producer and director based in Los Angeles. Jamie has directed several features and produced and directed multiple award-winning television shows, including the hit Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and the HBO series GIRLS and Looking. She received a best directing Emmy nomination for HBO’s Silicon Valley. Her feature film credits include Fresno, a 2015 SXSW Premiere starring Natasha Lyonne and Aubrey Plaza, and the queer comedy, But I’m a Cheerleader, which debuted at The Sundance Film Festival. She has been profiled in The New York Times, Out Magazine, Time Out, The LA Times, Filmmaker magazine, The Huffington Post, and was listed by Variety as a “director to watch.” Jamie began her career as Martin Scorsese’s intern on “The Age of Innocence” and worked underneath David Fincher on “The Game.” She directed three shorts that premiered at Sundance and her last short , Stuck, won a jury prize at Sundance. Jamie was inducted into the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.

Aaron David Miller, Class of ’67, Date is T.B.D.


Join us for a fascinating, interactive conversation with Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. For two decades, Aaron served in the Department of State as an analyst, negotiator and adviser on Middle Eastern issues to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State. He has written five books, including his most recent, The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, and his column “Reality Check” appears in Foreign Policy Magazine. He is a CNN Global Affairs Analyst and a frequent commentator on NPR, BBC and Sirius XM Radio. Aaron was inducted into the Shaker Schools Hall of Fame in 2018.


September 28 & 29

The Shaker Schools Foundation and Shaker School’s Alumni Relations would like to thank the entire community for coming out to celebrate Shaker at the many Homecoming and Hall of Fame events on September 28-29, 2018!

We are especially grateful to the eight newest inductees into the Shaker Alumni Hall of Fame. On Friday, September 28th, they addressed students at an assembly at the High School and then met with smaller groups of students with similar interests to share their expertise and words of advice. Read some of their inspiring remarks in the Shakerite article. The inductees were honored at a dinner at Shaker Country Club on Saturday night.

Shaker neighbors, families, alumni and community members enjoyed a Friday night event at the Dealership on September 28th and a family festival and winning football game by the Shaker Raiders on Saturday, September 29th. Go Raiders!



Dr. Abby Goulder Abelson, ‘72, chair of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Rheumatic & Immunologic Diseases and president of the Rheumatology Research Foundation; Michael Green, ‘80, founder and CEO of the Center for Environmental Health; David A. Hansell, ‘71, commissioner of Child Welfare Services for New York City; Judy Harris, ‘66, senior counsel and past managing partner of Reed Smith, who also served in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and at the Federal Communications Commission, and is a mental health advocate; Aaron David Miller, ‘67, vice president for new initiatives, distinguished fellow and director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a CNN global affairs analyst; Kathy Roth-Douquet, ‘82, attorney, author, military family advocate, and CEO of Blue Star Families; Jamil Smith, ‘93, renowned journalist and senior writer at Rolling Stone Magazine; and Abdul Williams, ‘90, film writer and winner of the 2018 NAACP Image Award for outstanding writing for the BET miniseries, “The New Edition Story.”

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