ABC Celebrates Our 50th Anniversary !

Celebrating 50 Years of Opening Doors to Greater Educational Opportunities

Calendar of Events and News

October 6-8, 2017 Columbus Day Weekend – Gala and Alumni Reunion Weekend

  • Friday night – Open House for alums at the ABC house
  • Saturday lunch – Alumni roundtable discussion
  • Saturday night – Gala reception open to the public
  • Sunday morning – Alumni brunch for alumni and volunteers

September 2017 – 50th Celebration at Andover High School organized by our students in collaboration with the faculty and administration who have long been involved with the ABC program at AHS.

April 12, 2017 – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Better Chance of Andover, the community screened "A Quiet Revolution" and engaged in discussion with the directors Tom Dey and Charles Dey. The film is about a group of people who came together fifty years ago to create change and help a deeply divided nation heal itself through the national A Better Chance program. At the height of the Civil Rights movement, struggling for answers to burgeoning problems of racial inequality, Dartmouth College and a group of preparatory schools established a groundbreaking program to identify young students of color from low-income backgrounds for admission to the nation's leading boarding schools, with full scholarships.
Presented as a collaboration between Andover Memorial Hall Library and A Better Chance Andover's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

April 2, 2017The Founders Reception honored the founding members of the ABC program as well as past board members, staff, and host families who helped make the A Better Chance of Andover program the strong, dynamic program that it is today.

March 31, 2017 – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Better Chance of Andover, Phillips Academy proudly hosted astronaut, educator, and visionary Dr. Mae Jemison – the first woman of color in space. Jemison is at the forefront of integrating physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation. The free community event was funded by Phillips Academy and the Elizabeth Rogers Fund. Phillips Academy Andover has played a pivotal role in ABC of Andover's 50 year history.

March 10, 2017 - JuneAndover Historical Society Exhibit on the history of the ABC program in Andover. The exhibit opening was scheduled to coincide with the 1967 March Town Meeting when the vote was taken to bring the program to Andover. Exhibit remains open through June 2017.

January 29, 2017 – Alumni speakers filled faith community pulpits on Sunday January 29 and MLK weekend for Speaking from the Pulpits. ABC alumni and current students had the opportunity to thank the Town of Andover and faith communities for their role in the founding of the ABC of Andover program and the 50 years of support they have given to our program.

A Better Chance of Andover thanks our event sponsors !

ABC of Andover Celebrates Our 50th Anniversary

Leadership Sponsors

The Llewellyn Foundation
Abbot and Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation

Founding Sponsors

Chris & Debbie Andrews, In Memory of Joyce Andrews
Tom Childs & Julie Ireland Childs, In Memory of Rosalyn Wood
Peter & Wendy Cowie, In Honor of Margot and George Bixby
David & Lynn Eikenberry
Chris & Martha Grant
Pritchard Family Foundation

Benefactor Sponsors

Andover Classic Wines
Childs Design and Construction
Columbia Construction Company
Edgewood, A Lifecare Community
Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dentistry by Design
Lois A. Lombardo Family Dentistry
James & Cynthia Marsh
Pam & Steve Rosenberg
USA College Bound

Community Program Sustainers

Blackdog Design/Build/Remodel
Donna & Gwynn Crowther
Dalton & Finegold, LLP/Gold Title, P.C.
Margaret Hamilton, GOAL/QPC
The Nossiff Law Firm, LLP
Julie & Ames Prentiss
Tom Carroll, Remax Partners
Rotary Club of Andover
Mark Spencer, Water Analytics, Inc.
The Wiggins Family


Andover Historical Society
The Andover Shop
Konjoian Education Center
The Savings Bank