Information Session – Tuesday September 16th at 7:30am (with coffee)

We invite everyone to an Information Session on the Underwood Foundation  on Tuesday, September 16th at 7:30am in the Underwood Elementary Media Center.

Foundation Board members including Jackie Jordan will be there to discuss the Foundation’s goals and priorities for this year. If you would like learn more or have questions about the Underwood Foundation, please attend. We have great momentum from the Spring’s successful fundraising, but there is so much more to do! Learn about the Founding Donors Plaque, alumni efforts, how funds from Spring 2014 are being used, securing your tickets for the Spring Event, and more! Together we are the solution!

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A great start! What did the 2014 Spring fundraising cycle fund?

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If you were able to attend the Spring Event this past May, you heard first hand from Jackie Jordan and Steve Mangano that the Foundation met the 2014 – 2015 fundraising goal of $90,000 by July 1, 2014! What an incredible start and affirmation to our teachers, administration and community of our dedication to the school. What did those funds enable?

Specifically your funding has enabled the Foundation to:

– Fund 10 months of employment for an Underwood teacher. This enabled the school to retain all of the great elective programs that make Underwood a strong diverse school

– Fund a teaching assistant position for the 2nd grade classes. This helps mitigate the larger class sizes this grade has this year and helps ensure all children are achieving their full potential at this critical grade year

– Fund $9,000 towards the start of an Endowment. This will ensure the future sustainability of the school

As you can see, the funds could not have come at a better time. Without the support of the Foundation Underwood would have been forced to make some real programming cuts as well as overburden the 2nd grade that could have impacted learning outcomes and/or teacher retention school-wide.

Thanks to all again for a great start! And now, as we kickoff our annual Fall fundraising you will hear more from us in the coming days.

Our Underwood Foundation Logo has been unveiled!

We were happy to unveil the logo for the Underwood Foundation at the “Underwood Under the Stars” Event this past Saturday May 31st! We love how it encompasses all the wonderful components of our school community and program into one image:

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Below is the speech that was give by Susan Anderson, Board member:
“I am both honored and humbled to be in a room full of so many people that have decided to enthusiastically support our school in this new way. It is also my privilege to be standing here tonight with my sister Angela Marshall. Angela is truly gifted in her field of Graphic Design and thankfully she has also decided to enthusiastically support the Foundation.
I approached Angela about two months ago to ask if she would consider designing a logo to represent the new Foundation that we were starting at school. I showed her a couple of logos that were being used by other Foundations and made one simple request; that it be something other than just a big blue unicorn! She took this limited information and came back to us with a design that encompasses everything that we are about at Underwood. Music, Dance, Drama, Art, Language, Technology, our amazing teachers and yes, even a blue unicorn and so much more! I took her design to the board and they were so excited by what she had put together that they wanted to wait and unveil the logo at our event. So, here we are…
We think that you are going to love the design as much as we do so we asked one of our many generous corporate sponsors, Instant Imprints, to print the new logo on a magnet for each of you to take home at the end of the evening.
Before we unveil it I would like to take a moment and thank Angela for the time that she put into designing the logo and also the countless hours she spent designing all of the printed materials that we needed for the event tonight. I would also like to thank her husband, my brother-in-law, Alex Marshall. Her took all of her designs, printed them and donated all of the signage for the event this evening.
And now, with Dr. Jordan’s help I am proud to unveil the new logo for the Underwood GT Magnet Foundation!”


Look at this amazing list of Silent Auction Items for our event!

Thanks to all our silent auction item donors! Please have a look at this partial list of items and be ready to bid Saturday night. I know what I’ve got my eye on already! Make your wish lists ready and be ready to bid.


The Umstead Hotel and Spa getaway
Hilton Head Condo getaway
Salter Path beach house rental
Hyatt House North Hills staycation
Hyatt House North Hills staycation
Marriott Courtyard Carolina Beach getaway
Marriott Courtyard Wrightsville/Wilmington getaway
Hampton Inn Glenwood South getaway
Marriott Grand Dunes Myrtle Beach getaway
Wintergreen Resort recreation passes
Louisville or Cincinnatti 21C Museum Hotel getaway
The Siena Hotel and Dinner at Il Palio staycation


NC State vs. Old Dominion Football tickets
Marbles admission vouchers
Raleigh Little Theatre tickets for Blithe Spirit
Carolina Ballet tickets to a 2014-2015 performance
North Carolina Theatre tickets to The Little Mermaid
DPAC third row seats for Dirty Dancing
DPAC third row seats for Motown The Musical
US Women’s Open two weekly trophy club passes

Fun things to do

Raleigh Country Club round of golf for four
Old North State Club round of golf for four
Baltusrol Golf Club round of golf for three
Trump National Golf Club, NJ round of golf for three
Quail Hallow Club, Charlotte round of golf for three
Cloer Winery wine tasting for four people
Crank Arm Brewing brewery tour for four with beer
Dinner at the Audrey & Marchi Lopez Home with guest Dr. Jordan
Elizabeth Gardner tour of WRAL weather room
Annie Bell’s Catering meal prepared in winner’s home
Go Dirty Girl Mud Run two entries, two hats & t-shirts
Trolley Pub pub ride for six
Fun car ride in a Ferrari
Bella Monica dinner for four with wine parings
Cowfish bus seats and gift certificate
ZipQuest two person fully guided tour

Birthday Parties

eNeRGY Kidz & N. Raleigh Gymnastics birthday party
Gym Carolina birthday party
Orange Leaf Yogurt yogurt party for ten
Rainbow Room birthday party
Coach Scott birthday party for up to 20


American Girl Caroline doll and book
US Space & Rocket Center space camp gift pack
Learning Express toy plasma car
Corporate Graphic Inc. custom skateboard deck

Kid’s Camp or Class

Vision Martial Arts – two months
IMACS week of full day summer camp
The University Club week of golf or tennis camp
The Tumble Gym free month tuition/open gym pass
Cirque de Vol six week class
Wild@Art one week of summer camp
Coach Ledford Sports one week of basketball camp
Amber Goolsby four voice or piano lessons


Keith Norval painting
Autumn Cobeland paintings
Autumn Cobeland print
Simon Griffiths Photography professional print
Stephanie Francis Photography Maine photograph


Two hour instructional session with Lauren Mann
Family portait session with Lauren Mann
Photos session with Jeannie Blinson

Look Your Best

Roberson DDS teeth whitening
McClure Orthodontics $2,500 off of treatment
Bevello Private Shopping Party
Scout & Molly’s Private Shopping Party
Eye Care Associates eye exam and materials
Four hair cuts at North Hills Sports Clips
Hayes Barton Nails pedicure
Lather Hair Salon professional shampoo, cut & style

Classes for adults

Pretty Handy Girl DIY Blogger design consult
Foundation Bar bartender mixology class
Golf lesson & video swing analysis with PGA pro
Core Results six one hour training sessions


Videri Chocolate Factory gift basket
Diamonds Direct 14k .65 diamond stud earrings
Carolina Hurricanes signed photo of Mike Komisarek
Holly Aiken handbag
Cameron Village gift card
Deco Raleigh gift basket
Large framed Pinehurst Putterboy print


The University Club $200 membership fee
The University Club $200 membership fee


Hansen Law Firm PLLC simple estate plan
Sweeps two hours of labor
Triangle Green Clean two hour house cleaning

Q&A Coffee on Friday May 16th 8:45am

Do you have questions about the Foundation?  To effectively answer questions, we will be hosting an informal morning coffee with Jackie Jordan and Steve Mangano (Board President) on Friday, May 16th at 8:45 AM in the media center. There will be a short discussion and then a Q&A. Jackie, Steve and other board members will be there until 9:30 so if you are running late, just drop by anytime during that period. Starbucks coffee and donuts will be served, so you can get your fix and get your questions answered!

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Donation and ticket purchase site now available!

We need you to meet our immediate goal of $60k ($100k stretch) by July 1st, 2014 to offset budget cuts for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  Click ‘donate and/or buy tickets’ button to make a donation and purchase tickets to attend our debut benefit for the Foundation “Underwood Under the Stars” on May 31st Formal invitations for the event will arrive to you this week too, but no need to wait to purchase tickets — space is limited.


Be on the lookout for Invitations to the Underwood Foundation kick-off event!  They will be mailed to your home.  The event will truly be a night to remember.Underwood Invite_PDF for web (2)