Just as Stephanie was a bright light in our lives, we will shine a bright light collectively in gratitude for her life, her leadership, and her extraordinary impact on our lives.
Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, and neighbors held a candlelight vigil on Souby Lawn Monday evening in memory of Dr. Stephanie Balmer. Jennifer Adams, Harpeth Hall's Director of Community Support and Inclusion, welcomed the crowd and introduced a program honoring Dr. Balmer. Students, dressed in their plaid uniforms for their beloved Head of School, played the violin, read poems, and passed candlelight from person to person. Impromptu songs were sung – "Amazing Grace," "Lean on Me," Harpeth Hall's Alma Mater, and others - before a moment of silence was recognized. It was a display of solidarity and community deserving of Dr. Balmer, who so embodied the character and aspirations of Harpeth Hall.
"Just as Stephanie was a bright light in our lives, we will shine a bright light collectively in gratitude for her life, her leadership, and her extraordinary impact on our lives," excerpt from the vigil invitation.
The Balmer family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations honoring the extraordinary impact of Dr. Balmer's leadership as Head of School be directed to Harpeth Hall. Therefore, a memorial fund at Harpeth Hall has been established honoring Dr. Balmer's life. Donations may be made online or mailed to the Harpeth Hall Advancement Office at 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN, 37215.