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Jesuit Thanks Benefactors of The 1847 Society

Posted August 20, 2018 / Last updated August 24, 2018

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Gavin Gillen '98, Vernon Carriere '98 and his wife Kristine, and Beth and Chris Holloway '98

Gavin Gillen ’98, Vernon Carriere ’98 and his wife Kristine, and Beth and Chris Holloway ’98

On Sunday, Aug. 19, gratitude was the theme for more than 200 benefactors who celebrated Jesuit’s mission at The 1847 Society reception at The Balcony in Metairie. Guests appreciated the tasty food offerings and enjoyable conversation that filled the room, and the evening was characterized by a spirit of confidence in Jesuit’s future.

Jesuit remains a leader in educating young men in the greater New Orleans area because of the collaboration of so many committed people. School officials and faculty make use of the best resources and bring about learning goals in premiere facilities. Parents partner with the school in bringing about their son’s character formation. None of this would be possible without the support of generous benefactors. For this Jesuit says “Thank You” to the network of alumni, parents, parents of alumni, and others who give their time, talent, and treasure in support of Jesuit’s mission.

Senior Michael Schmidt tells his Jesuit story and thanks donors for creating opportunities for today's students.

Senior Michael Schmidt tells his Jesuit story and thanks donors for creating opportunities for today’s students.

Current senior Michael Schmidt spoke movingly about his own experience of being educated at Jesuit, from his challenges as a new student to the mentors who have shaped him in Sodality, athletics, and on his service project to rural Virginia, many of whom were in the room. “The real way in which Jesuit sets itself apart from other high schools,” Schmidt said, “is the way with which it is able to bring out each student’s abilities to use his tools and impact the world in a positive way.”

Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J., then took the opportunity to thank benefactors for the impact they make at Jesuit every day and the role they play in carrying the mission forward. “The best is yet to come,” Fr. Fronk said. “I have inherited a great tradition, a tradition of greatness. I’m focused on the mission, making sure that we are true to it, that we have a great faculty, and that we continue to have great facilities. We can’t do any of that without the larger Jesuit High School family. Thank you!”

The evening concluded on a musical note. Guests stood to sing together the Jesuit Alma Mater, accompanied by Dave Schof ’56 on tenor sax. Long-time Jesuit sports fan Buddy Lazare ’43 then rallied guests for a spirited rendition of the Jesuit Fight Song. Both songs were tangible signs that the traditions of Jesuit High School are being fortified and advanced by the generosity of those who love and support its mission.

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