Ann Maier Giving Tree

As you all know, Cornell Maier was an invaluable part of Northern Light School since 1990, and in the school’s founding years, shared his love of the children with Northern Light School, with his family, most especially, with his mother, Ann Maier. 

Ann, born in 1902, believed in the importance of helping others and supporting the community. Cornell and his sister Virginia were taught to embrace a spirit of altruism, and were reminded of the responsibility to always give to others—regardless of how little or how much one may have. This year, Northern Light School will continue to honor Ann’s, and now Cornell’s sense of generosity and celebrate their lessons of kindness and philanthropy. 

A beautiful, 18-foot tall evergreen from the Pacific Northwest, the Ann Maier Giving Tree will stand tall on the Northern Light campus in celebration of the holidays. It is not only a celebration of the goodness of a mother’s and son’s impact on the lives of so many others, it is a wonderful opportunity for you to honor and acknowledge someone special to you, all while giving back to the Northern Light School community and investing in a whole child education—just as Ann and Cornell would have encouraged each one of us to do! 

A gift of $25 or more will place a light on the Ann Maier Giving Tree and benefit academic, artistic, and athletic programs, as well as our new STEAM department for children in preschool through grade eight at Northern Light School in Oakland, California. Sponsorships of this event are greatly appreciated, and a wonderful way to acknowledge those near and dear to your heart. Every sponsorship will be recognized in promotional advertisements, a commemorative printed program, and on Northern Light School’s social media platforms. Major sponsorships of $500-$10,000 will receive a special ornament from the second annual tree lighting ceremony. Acknowledgment cards will be sent to those being honored and to families whose loved ones are being memorialized.  

The official tree lighting ceremony will take place on December 16, 2021, at 6:00 pm and is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday and celebrate this season of giving! Join students, faculty, and alumni at Northern Light School for special performances of music, dance, and spoken word. Gather around the Ann Maier Giving Tree on the Northern Light School playground, socially distanced and observing COVID-19 protocol. Simply complete the attached registration form to reserve your tickets. Please explore the sponsorship and giving opportunities attached. You can use the order form to purchase lights or a sponsorship. We look forward to celebrating with you, and thank you for joining in Ann’s and Cornell’s spirit of generosity.

Online orders via PayPal are also welcome. After receiving your order a member of our team will contact you for details on the person(s) you would like to honor.