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Fund-A-Need 2024

The annual Fund-A-Need (FAN) is an opportunity for the Gator community to support a specific area at Annie Wright Schools that enhances programming and learning for our students and community at large.


Embark on a transformative journey to build a new fitness center at Annie Wright Schools, promoting lifelong wellness for students from Preschool to Grade 12. This initiative extends beyond traditional fitness spaces, encompassing a faculty and staff fitness room, yoga studio, and enhanced athletic facilities. 


List of 3 items.

  • Fitness Center

    The primary focus of this project is to activate currently unused space on campus to create a brand new fitness center for students and faculty/staff. This building will be situated along the west side of the Kemper gym and will include three distinct wellness spaces:
    • Yoga studio space
    • Cardio fitness room
    • Faculty & staff fitness center, separate from student access
    In addition to creating a new, more practical space for students and staff to exercise, this project also represents an ongoing investment into the culture of wellness at AWS. Students of all ages will benefit emotionally, physically and cognitively from these spaces, and will build healthy lifestyle habits at every stage of their development.
  • Expansion of Training Room

    The construction of the new health center will create additional space in our current weight room, situated above the Kemper Gym. With cardio equipment migrating out of the current training room and a new full-time athletic trainer on staff, this space will be more fully activated to better serve student-athletes of all ages.
  • Facility Updates & Renovations

    Also wrapped into this project are the addition of two exterior restroom facilities at the back of the Bessler Gymnasium with access for James Field. This is a much-needed addition for students and guests alike, who do not currently have access to restrooms from this outdoor space. In addition, the locker rooms in the Kemper Center will be updated to current standards and become more usable for our student-athletes and visiting teams.



This year's Fund-A-Need is tied to the creation of a space that seeks to build and inspire wellness for our entire community. As our school grows, so too does the need for additional spaces that allow students & faculty room to move, stretch, teach, train, and ultimately, to be the best versions of themselves.

We envision a holistic approach to well-being, fostering physical strength and mental resilience. Join us in creating a vibrant space that is fit for the future where health is integral to our educational community. Your support will shape a space that reflects our commitment to student and staff wellness—a testament to our dedication to a healthier, more empowered generation.


Annie Wright's community has generously supported the growth of our Schools through Fund-A-Need's past: Science, Play Spaces, a Kemper Theatre upgrade, improving Community Spaces, the addition of a new Arts Hub, and more. We are so grateful.


Join the Annie Wright community at the Gator Gala on March 9 and raise your paddle to support the 2024 Fund-A-Need: Strong Gators, Bright Minds. If you cannot attend the gala in person, you can make a gift online here, mail a check to the address below, or contact Grace Finch at With every gift, the spirit and strength of Annie Wright shines through. 

Please mail checks  to:

ATTN: Philanthropy
Annie Wright Schools
827 N Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403