Not exactly! The candy Airheads Xtremes do play a role in a wonderful story of community, personal connections, and generosity. Tasha Lemon, who most of us know, is the head of athletic concessions and one of Chef Pat’s leading colleagues in the Webster Refectory. However, this quintessentially Episcopal story centers around a relationship between Tasha, the concessionaire, and David Chauvin III, a member of Episcopal’s class of 2031.
David and his parents, Nicole and David Chauvin, live near the school’s campus. Over the years, that proximity and the family’s connections to Episcopal have led to a close relationship between “little David” and Tasha. Their remote location allows the Chauvin Family to attend virtually all games and meets held at Episcopal’s main field and track.
According to David’s parents, “at least once a week the Episcopal Concession Stand provides little David supper.” However, the Concession Stand is no more; it was demolished in May 2018 to make room for a beautiful new Field House. But fear not, Chauvin Family, a new, well-equipped concession stand will be part of the new Field House set for completion in spring of 2019.
No one, perhaps besides Tasha, is more excited to hear this than little David. David is a “regular” at the Episcopal Concession Stand and his favorite treat to buy is Airheads Xtremes. Knowing this, Tasha is always prepared for her most loyal customer. Her kind, caring, and dedicated attitude is respected by everyone in our community, and especially little David. Tasha sees David coming and the Airheads Xtremes are ready . . . ready to be handed over the counter to David with a smile.
As Nicole and David, Jr. considered how they would participate in the Spirit • Mind • Body Campaign, their connection to Tasha and frequent visits to the Concession Stand led them to the new Field House and then, very naturally, to the Concession Stand. The Chauvins made a pledge of $100,000 and reserved the Concession Stand for naming. In making the gift, Nicole says, “It was an easy decision to support the Campaign and to focus our gift on the Field House and Concession Stand. We love the school and we appreciate the warmth and care that Tasha has shown little David and our family over the years. She is a very special person, among a great community of teachers, coaches, and staff, who are devoted to all the students.”
One bit of karma: The Chauvin’s made their capital campaign commitment on the very day that the old Concession Stand was demolished. The school is grateful for the Chauvin’s dedication and generosity. While continuing their support of The eFund annually, they have added this five-year commitment as an additional “vote of confidence” and demonstration of their belief in and devotion to Episcopal and its mission.
Construction is now underway on the new Episcopal athletic field house. This innovative facility will be used by every student on campus with space for physical education classes, strength and conditioning and team sports activities. To learn more about the project, and the Spirit • Mind • Body Campaign, watch the new field house video below.
Andy Spencer joined Episcopal in 2017 as the Director of Advancement after 17 years as the Chief Advancement Officer at the Lovett School in Northwest Atlanta. Under Andy’s direction, Lovett ran a $2.2 MM Annual Fund and completed two capital campaigns of $52 MM $94 MM. Andy’s 36-year career in the independent school world has been very comprehensive, including coaching, teaching, dorm supervision, admissions, alumni relations, and development. Prior to his time at Lovett, Andy spent 16 years as an admissions officer and director of development at Virginia Episcopal School (VES). Andy is a VES alumnus and graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. Andy and his wife, Mary, have two children, both graduates of Lovett and UNC - Chapel Hill, and a cairn terrier, named Dean. Andy enjoys history, sports, classic cinema, gardening, backyard birding, fishing, canoeing and hiking, and the outdoors in general.