Jesuit Thanks Donors for Generosity at Ignatian Circle Reception
Jesuit thanked members of its Ignatian Circle for the major role they play in keeping Jesuit an affordable and accessible school of excellence at a reception overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. The event for nearly 200 alumni; parents; parents of alumni; and friends, who donated at least $3,000 to Jesuit in the 2017 fiscal year, took place on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 27, at La Maison du Lac, a modern lake house nestled on Lake Pontchartrain.
After enjoying the sunset on the cozy outdoor deck, guests learned about the Lake and its origins from Tom Bagwill, Jesuit’s director of institutional advancement, and heard from Jesuit’s president, Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J.
“I am committed to affordability. The Gospel isn’t just for those who can afford it. Thank you for doing your part to help us remain an affordable school of excellence,” Fr. Fronk said.
Jesuit’s new president said his father worked in a steel mill near Pittsburgh and his parents sacrificed to send him and his six siblings to Catholic school. “I’m passionate about affordability and I’m passionate about Jesuit High School.”
After his remarks, Fr. Fronk presented handsome wooden plaques to Missy Duhon, senior chair of last year’s Celebration Gala & Auction; Alison James, senior chair of last year’s Blue Jay Bazaar; and Ian Blanchard ’03, who served as chairman of the record-setting 2016-2017 Living Endowment Fund drive. The alumni component of Jesuit’s annual giving program will have a new name for the upcoming year — the Alumni Giving drive.
The Ignatian Circle donor reception moves around the city, often tying into a significant piece of local history. The 2016 event took place at one of the former homes of Louisiana legend Huey P. Long. Other recent venues include the Roosevelt Hotel’s historic Blue Room, Lakefront Airport, New Orleans Museum of Art, and City Park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters.
For fiscal year 2017-2018, entrance into the Ignatian Circle begins at $3,500.
The 2017-18 donor levels that make up the Ignatian Circle are:
The President’s Club: $25,000 and above
The Founders Club: $10,000 – $24,999
The Honors Club: $5,000 – $9,999
Gallant Fighting Sons: $3,500 – $4,999
Donations for 2017-18 may be made here.