Big Finish Expected to 2016-17 Parents’ Annual Giving Drive
Another Jesuit record is about to be broken. This year’s Parents’ Annual Giving drive is approaching record altitude.
“There’s still work to do but I want to thank Jesuit’s generous parents and the dedicated members of our PAG leadership team for the work we’ve done together to help keep Jesuit affordable and to keep Jesuit a school of excellence,” said 2016-17 PAG chairman Rocky Daigle ’85.
Donations to the PAG drive, which was started in the 1970s by school president Fr. Paul Schott, S.J., are used to offset annual operating expenses. This allows the school to price tuition at roughly 75 percent of what it actually costs to educate a Blue Jay. Each year parents are invited and encouraged to help make up the difference. The result of this effort allows Jesuit to attract students from more than 50 different zip codes, ensuring a socio-economic diversity that leads to what some have referred to as “the education within the education.”
“Affordablity has always been one of my top priorities,” said school president Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J. “I offer my profound thanks to all those who make it possible for us to keep Jesuit…Jesuit.”
As of Friday morning, Sept. 23, the drive stood at $1,170,000. The PAG record for pledges was set in 2008 — $1,273,259. On its current trajectory, this year’s campaign will finish ahead of the 2008 mark.
At Friday’s morning assembly, this year’s chairman shared his Jesuit story and asked today’s students to do two things. “Please go home tonight and thank your parents for sending you to Jesuit, and thank them for their support of this drive,” Daigle said. “You may not know it now, and you may not realize it until you’re in your 30s, but you are learning from all the people around you. This is a school that is changing your life.”
Jesuit joins the PAG leadership team in thanking parents who have supported the drive and invites those who have yet to make their commitment to do so as soon as possible.