The High Point Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Marsha Slane and her daughters, Landon and Heath, committed $1 million to support bringing the Say Yes to Education initiative to Guilford County to honor the memory of Jack.

Marsha and her husband, Jack, who died in 2014, have been longtime supporters of education and have specifically played a key role in the Early Childhood Intervention Program run by the United Way of Greater High Point.  The Slane family have been tireless advocates for quality daycare for economically challenged children.

“My daughters and I are honored to make this gift to Say Yes to Education in honor of our beloved husband and father, Jack Slane,” stated Marsha Slane. “Jack truly loved and believed in High Point and he had a special interest in providing educational opportunities for children and families who struggle economically.  We feel that Say Yes will perfectly align with our long-term commitment to early childhood intervention and change our community forever.”

The pledge, which illustrates the widespread support for this initiative in High Point, comes from a family who has long been known for their generosity to the community through their involvement with the United Way of Greater High Point, the High Point Regional Health Center, High Point University, Family Service of the Piedmont and the High Point Community Foundation.  They have been recognized as both Citizens of the Year through the High Point Enterprise and the Philanthropist of the Year through the High Point Community Foundation. The Slanes have also been key advocates and leaders in the High Point business community through their family business, Slane Hosiery.

“Marsha and Jack have always been avid supporters and cheerleaders for High Point,” noted Ann Busby, community leader and Say Yes volunteer. “The impact the Slane family has had upon children and families in High Point over the years has been immense.  We are so proud and grateful for their support of Say Yes.”

All pledges are contingent on Say Yes to Education officially selecting Guilford County as the nation’s next Say Yes community. In January, Say Yes notified Guilford that it is the leading candidate for this designation. To be officially selected, Guilford County must achieve several remaining goals – one being fundraising. Say Yes intends to make a decision by this fall.

“We are so grateful and pleased to have the Slane family supporting the Say Yes initiative,” shared David Miller, Vice Chairman, HPCF and Say Yes planning committee member. “I continue to be excited and proud of the incredible support the High Point community is giving to this groundbreaking initiative.  Marsha and Jack have always been leaders with vision and I know this generous gift will inspire others to follow suit.”