Ignatian Circle Benefactors Hosted by Carol and Al Bienvenu ’88

Posted August 23, 2016 / Last updated August 26, 2016

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After the rain had passed, the backyard at the Bienvenu home was the perfect backdrop for the evening reception.

After the rain had passed, the backyard at the Bienvenu home was the perfect backdrop for the evening reception.

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At the beautiful home of Carol and Al Bienvenu ’88, every man—and woman—felt like a “king” as Jesuit thanked its major benefactors for keeping the school affordable, accessible, and thriving. The 2016 Ignatian Circle donor reception, which included nearly 150 guests, took place on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Members of the Ignatian Circle donated at least $3,000 to Jesuit in fiscal year 2016, which started on July 1, 2015 and concluded on June 30, 2016.

In addition to the wonderful spread, the setting also offered guests a bit of historic lore. The Bienvenu’s Audubon Boulevard home was once owned by colorful Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long. Providing the evening’s entertainment, New Orleans 4 Jazz treated the crowd to traditional jazz music fit for the Kingfish himself.

The reception concluded with words of gratitude from Jesuit president Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J., who thanked benefactors for their support of Jesuit’s Parents’ Annual Giving drive, Living Endowment Fund drive (the alumni component of the school’s annual giving program), and Parents of Alumni drive. He then thanked the guests for their continued support of Jesuit’s endowment through scholarship donations. Fr. McGinn also expressed his and the school community’s excitement over the arrival of new president Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J., who will arrive in January.

For their exemplary contributions, Fr. McGinn presented handsome wooden plaques to Philip Nimmo, chairman of the 2015-16 Parents’ Annual Giving drive; Marc Bonifacic ’92, chairman of the 2015-16 Living Endowment Fund drive; and Shannon Daigle, senior co-chair of Jesuit’s gala and auction, Celebration 2015.

The Ignatian Circle donor reception moves around the city, often tying into a significant piece of local history. The 2015 brunch event took place in the Roosevelt Hotel’s historic Blue Room. Other recent venues include the Lakefront Airport, New Orleans Museum of Art, and City Park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters.

The 2016-17 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:  $3,000 – $4,999

Donations for 2016-17 may be made here.