Bethesda Academy Celebrates 275th Anniversary with Scholarship Gala Featuring Special Guest Speaker Coach Vince Dooley

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Bethesda Academy is celebrating its 275th anniversary this year, a landmark milestone for Savannah’s iconic boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 12. Bethesda will commemorate this meritorious moment in Georgia’s history at its annual Scholarship Gala featuring special guest speaker, Coach Vince Dooley.

Bethesda Academy will host its 2nd Annual Scholarship Gala on May 15, 2015, to celebrate the school’s 275th Anniversary and the Class of 2015. Bethesda is pleased to announce its special guest speaker for the event is Coach Vince Dooley, University of Georgia's most celebrated head football coach and athletic director of all time.

Coach Dooley will help commemorate this landmark milestone for Savannah’s iconic boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 12, and share his experiences as an educator, a historian and football coach.

“I am very honored to be asked to speak at the Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala on the occasion of its 275th anniversary,” said Coach Dooley. “This historic educational institution has an unsurpassed record of educating young boys for every success in life, while emphasizing those steadfast values of spirituality, integrity and accountability.”

The proceeds from the Gala benefits the school’s Gateway Scholarship Fund, an essential component of Bethesda’s generous financial aid program, which offers students a chance to receive one of the strongest educations in the area who would otherwise not be able to afford cost of tuition.

“The Savannah community and supporters of Bethesda are invited to join us for an elegant evening of fine dining, live music and dancing at our beautiful campus overlooking Moon River,” said David Tribble, president at Bethesda Academy. “We’re excited to celebrate the Class of 2015 and commemorate this remarkable moment in Bethesda’s 275 year history.”

Bethesda Academy was also recently honored with two resolutions at the Savannah-Chatham Day Celebration at Georgia’s State Capitol in Atlanta. Representatives from Bethesda were recognized on the floor of the Senate by Georgia State Sen. Ben Watson, as well as from the gallery of the House of Representatives by Rep. Mickey Stephens of Georgia House District 165.

The Scholarship Gala will take place on Friday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Academy located at 9520 Ferguson Ave. in Savannah, Ga.Tickets are $150 per person and available online at Black tie optional. For more information, including Sponsorships Opportunities, please contact Andrea Dove at 912.644.4376 or

Originally founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child caring institute in America. A successful school for boys, Bethesda Academy emphasizes a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic. Bethesda Academy offers a supportive environment with a curriculum designed specifically around the ways boys learn most effectively. The school, which serves students in grades six through twelve, features a wildlife management program, an on-site video production studio, an organic farming program and a nationally-ranked chess team. Bethesda is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and features a wide range of academic, athletic, vocational and spiritual development opportunities. For more information, visit or call 912.351.2061.

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