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Memorial Bricks for the Emmy Gaffey ’10 Memorial Garden

The Emmy Gaffey ’10 Memorial Garden, dedicated at Homecoming 2015, was the culmination of almost a year of planning and praying. Emmy, her twin sister Kate ’10, and their mom Kathy had been part of a close-knit circle of girls and moms since elementary school and through their high school years at the Academy. The heartbreak of losing the fun, lively Emmy in late 2013 prompted this group of friends to seek a way to preserve Emmy’s memory.

The Gaffeys, who gifted the garden to the Academy, envisioned a prayer garden, a place for students to sit with the Lord. As the plans for the garden began to take place, the idea to provide a venue for honoring the lives of other Academy alumni and friends began to take shape, too. With this in mind, engravable bricks were selected for the garden. 

A second dedication ceremony was held in the Memorial Garden at Homecoming 2016 as the following six alumni were honored with engraved bricks: Matt Anderson ’11, Beth Blunt ’11, Clayton Bruntjen ’11, Bob Carlson ’57, Virgien Clark ’51, and Chase Froese ’13. The Class of 2011 raised funds for the bricks for their deceased classmates while fellow classmate and forever friend Gib McCartney ’57 sponsored the brick for Bob Carlson. The memorial brick for Virgien Clark was supported by her nephews, and Chase Froese’s tribute was the outreach of friends of the Froese family. 

When the extended Academy community loses a member, the grief is shared by many. Having a place on campus where these precious people can be remembered is an important way to capture the heritage of the Academy for generations to come. The dedication of memorial bricks for Academy loved ones will be part of the annual Homecoming traditions. 

How to Honor Your Loved One with a Memorial Brick

The donation amount for a memorial brick is $500. This amount covers the cost of the brick itself as well as the engraving and installation of the brick. The remaining balance of the donation goes to the scholarship fund at WA. 

The engraved text for your loved one’s brick should be no more than 4 lines with a maximum of 13 characters per line. 

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for the Memorial Bricks Dedication at Homecoming is June 15. 

If you and/or your family or class would like to have a memorial brick dedicated for a member of the WA community who has passed, please contact Dawn Earl, Director of Alumni Relations, or you can click here to submit your donation and the text you’d like to have engraved.