Parents’ Giving Approaching Rarified Air

Posted September 26, 2017 / Last updated October 2, 2017

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Parents’ Annual Giving drive chairman René Alvarez ’83 is joined by his two current Blue Jays, Nathan ’18 and James ’22. His oldest son, a member of the Jesuit Class of 2014, is a student at the University of Alabama.

Jesuit offers its profound thanks to the mothers and fathers of today’s Blue Jays for pledging more than $1.2 million to the 2017-18 Parents’ Annual Giving drive. All indications are that the drive will set a new record for parent support.

PAG donations, Alumni Giving Drive gifts, and proceeds from the Celebration Gala & Auction and Blue Jay Bazaar allow Jesuit to charge only about 80 percent of what it actually costs to educate a Blue Jay. This financial model keeps Jesuit an affordable school of excellence for as many families as possible and strengthens the school’s socio-economic diversity.

“Our leadership team did an outstanding job and for that I am extremely grateful,” said Jesuit president Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J. “While their work is over, I will continue to try to get us to our goal of 100 percent participation. As our chairman mentioned in his morning assembly speech, we all have a role to play in keeping Jesuit…Jesuit.”

This year’s PAG drive was led by chairman René Alvarez ’83, almost 300 volunteer captains, and 15 grade-level chairs: Senior parents Rob Haik, Rick Kuebel ’82, and Tom Leonhard ’85; junior fathers Walt Bond ’85, Mike Varisco ’83, and Tony Toups ’81; sophomore parents Patrick Huete ’84, Michael Johnson ’88, and Jeremy Mancheski ’90, freshmen fathers John Chamberlain, Roger May ’84, and Patrick Morris ’90; and pre-freshmen chairs Tom Barnett, John Carbo ’90, and Kent Finger ’83.

Online pledges and donations are still being accepted: