Following the annual PAG Sunday Mass on September 19, 2010, families headed to the
Jesuit Cafeteria for a continental breakfast. And that is where the Rose and
Steen Families are found. From left are Eleanor and Geoff Rose; Thomas Steen ’11,
his sister Elizabeth Steen, and their parents Kathleen and Bill Steen ’68. Bill
serves as chairman of the 2010-11 PAG drive.
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Here are the PAG drive results by class as of June 30, 2011:
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Total Amount Pledged
Listen: In Their Own Words...
On PAG Sunday, Jesuit Parents Respond, Pledging More Than $1,000,000
On the most important date on the Jesuit calendar, parents of Blue Jays answered the call. By the end of the day on PAG Sunday, Jesuit parents had submitted 946 pledges totaling $1,076,437!
Bill Steen ’68, who serves as the general chairman of the 2010-11 PAG drive, encourages Jesuit parents who could not attend today’s Mass and have not yet pledged or donated to the campaign to become involved by participating in this important event by going online to Jesuit’s web site.
“The easiest and most convenient way to make your Donation or Pledge is to do so online, using Jesuit’s secure web site,” says Steen. “I want to encourage Jesuit parents that their participation in this drive is of utmost importance, even if they are able to pledge only a small amount to the PAG campaign. And I thank the 946 families for their generosity in pledging more than $1 million to the drive.”
PAG Captains' Meeting Helps Keep the Ship Righted and Full Steam Ahead...
At the PAG Captains’ Meeting Tuesday evening (August 31) in the Student Commons,
pre-freshmen tri-chair Eric Simonson ’82 (at left) sorts through contact cards to
give to his captains. Each captain is responsible for getting in touch with two or
three other Jesuit parents and, hopefully, forge a meaningful relationship
with them over the course of the next five years while their sons
are attending Jesuit. PAG Sunday is September 19
with Mass at 9 a.m.
Listen: In Their Own Words...
At Orientation, New Parents Hear Importance of Meaningful Involvement, Lasting Connections, and PAG Drive
Leadership Team for PAG Drive Fine-Tunes Details that Will Help to Ensure Another Successful Campaign
At a luncheon meeting in St. Ignatius Hall on Tuesday (August 10, 2010), the leaders of this year’s PAG drive provided a progress report to Father McGinn and discussed various details of the upcoming annual campaign. Next to Father are, from left, senior tri-chair Daniel Brett and PAG general chairman Bill Steen ’68; junior tri-chairs Philip Coote, Terry Billings ’74, and
Snapper Garrison ’81; sophomore tri-chairs Brian North ’83 and José Abadin;
freshmen tri-chairs Mark Cousins ’74 and Andy Galy ’84; and, pre-freshmen
tri-chairs Eric Simonson ’82 and Skip Crabtree. The following tri-chairs
could not attend the luncheon meeting: John Faciane ’80 and
Owen Seiler ’75 (seniors), Mike Varisco ’83 (sophomores),
Mike Bourgeois (freshmen), and Gerald Duhon ’85 (pre-freshmen).
PAG Sunday, which is September 19, is considered THE most important date on Jesuit’s calendar. Why? Because tax deductible contributions from parents to the PAG drive help Jesuit keep yearly tuition increases as low as possible.
This, in turn, attracts a diverse socio-economic population of students. Jesuit’s 1,355 Blue Jays come from some 50 different zip codes across the New Orleans region. Going to school for four or five years with friends who hail from Metairie, Lakeview, Uptown, Kenner, Gretna, Eastern New Orleans, Belle Chasse, River Ridge, Algiers, Destrehan, the CBD, Marrero, Mid-City, and Harvey (just to name a few neighborhoods) is a lifelong experience and one of the hallmarks of a Jesuit education.
The high rate of participation by parents in the PAG drive (typically over 90% each year) is one of the reasons that Jesuit offers a reasonable and, for most families, an affordable tuition. At $7,000 this year, Jesuit’s tuition is among the lowest of any Catholic high school in the New Orleans area and it is THE least expensive when compared to private secular schools.
Compared to fundraisers at other schools, Jesuit’s PAG drive is unique. The campaign is organized and driven by Jesuit parents who communicate with other parents about the importance of participating. The leaders of the drive are the general chair, who is Bill Steen ’68 (third from left in photo), and the tri-chairs of each grade level. The leadership team receives administrative support from Jesuit’s office of institutional advancement (OIA). The drive resonates with intensity because it is compactly designed with the goal of securing as many pledges (and donations) as possible from Jesuit’s parents by the time PAG Sunday (September 19) takes place.
Listen: In His Own Words
Why Jesuit has a PAG Drive
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Fr. McGinn’s Address
to Parents at Last Year’s
September 20, 2009