Alumni Giving Week Helps Form the Next Generation of Leaders

Posted October 19, 2018 / Last updated October 25, 2018

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More than 200 alumni representing eight decades returned to Carrollton and Banks on the evenings of Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 18. Alumni Giving Week features three nights of classmates calling classmates for the alumni component of Jesuit’s annual giving effort.

Proceeds from the alumni drive are combined with dollars raised in the Parents’ Giving Drive and Parents of Alumni Drive to offset operational expenses of the school, allowing Jesuit to remain an affordable school of excellence. Jesuit remains one of the least expensive parochial schools in the New Orleans area and is, by far, the most affordable Jesuit high school in the nation.

During the three nights of connecting with classmates, alumni volunteers advanced the pledges totals of this year’s drive to approximately 1,700 pledges totaling $810,000.

Alumni Giving Drive chairman “Dooty” Patron shares why calling his classmates means to much to him.

The chairman of the 2018-19 drive is Art “Dooty” Patron, who is a member of the Class of 1951. He is being assisted by J.P. Escudier ’95, next year’s chairman, and John Zollinger ’85, last year’s leader. The drive is organized by Mrs. Logan Diano, Jesuit’s Alumni Giving Drive coordinator.The evenings began with a delicious dinner and a short presentation in the Student Commons, which included an overview of Jesuit today from president Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J. The night concluded with calling in St. Ignatius Hall and third floor tributaries. Callers who remained until the end received Jesuit goodies from the office of institutional advancement and a tour of the new Jesuit basketball arena.

Pledges and donations to the 2018-19 Alumni Giving Drive may be made using the links below.