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Special Events

Jesuit High School's Development Department hosts several popular annual events that support Jesuit.

The most prominent is the spectacular Gaudiosa, the school's primary fundraiser held each spring and chosen as the Favorite Fundraising Event in the region by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Through 2019, Gaudiosa has raised more than $8 million since it first began 16 years ago, including more than $4.2 million the past six years!

Gaudiosa annually draws more than 600 attendees, and the spirit of the Jesuit mission permeates the event. Click the Gaudiosa link in this section for more information or to get involved in Gaudiosa 2020: An Evening in the Holy Land, February 22 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Or contact Special Events Coordinator Jane Younger (pictured on the right) at or (813) 877-5344, ext. 706.  

The school's other fundraising event is the Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. Memorial Golf Classic. The Tampa Bay area's oldest charity golf fundraiser, it is always a great day of fellowship, food, and fundraising to benefit Jesuit. Click the Hartnett Golf Classic link in this section for more information.

The Development Department also is involved in numerous non-fundraising annual campus events, such as Homecoming, the Alumni Memorial Mass, Celebration of the Arts, and Grandparents Day. Click on the links at left, or on the respective bars below, for more information about these wonderful events.    


Gaudiosa 2019

Gaudiosa 2019:
An Evening in Paris

was February 23, 2019!

The award-winning gala Gaudiosa is Jesuit High School's primary annual fundraiser. Gaudiosa, which means "a joyous feast" in Latin, has been named the Best Fundraising Event in the region by the Tampa Bay Business Journal four times! In addition, Jesuit's Events Coordinator, Jane Younger, who oversees Gaudiosa, also has been named the Tampa Bay area's Favorite Event Planner four times! Both Younger and Gaudiosa were named TBBJ winners again in 2017. Click here for more information on Gaudiosa 2019.

Contact special events coordinator Jane Younger at or (813) 877-5344, ext. 706 for more information. Click here to view the Gaudiosa Facebook page.

To see who supported Gaudiosa with an advertisement in The Jesuit Blue Pages - a business directory, please click here.

Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. Memorial Golf Classic


Founded in 1979, the Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. Memorial Golf Classic is the Tampa Bay area's longest continuously running charity golf fundraiser. The event, which takes place each spring at Carrollwood Country Club, benefits Jesuit's endowment for financial aid. The longevity and success of the Hartnett Classic is due to the generous support of our annual sponsors. Each year the Hartnett Classic raises more than $35,000 for Jesuit's financial aid!

For information about this year's Hartnett Classic, please click here.

Alumni Memorial Mass


At Jesuit, your experience is for a lifetime. The annual Jesuit Alumni Memorial was created to ensure all alumni will always be remembered. The names of deceased alumni are etched in a cobblestone in the Alumni Memorial Courtyard.

These cobblestones are paid for by the school. Cobblestones cannot be purchased, and only deceased alumni have their names inscribed in the memorial.

Newly etched cobblestones of alumni who have died are added, blessed, and dedicated during the Alumni Memorial Mass and Dedication Ceremony each year, typically in early November. Please contact or (813) 877-5344, ext. 709 for information.


Celebration of the Arts


Celebration of the Arts is one of the most anticipated events on the Jesuit High School calendar each year. Featuring a juried art show in the MPR, and acting and musical performances in the campus commons -- along with several delicious food vendors as part of "A Taste of Jesuit" -- Celebration of the Arts is a can't-miss date each spring. Typically held in April, click here for more information on Jesuit's Celebration of the Arts.


Grandparents Day


Each year during the fall, Jesuit celebrates one of its most special annual events, Grandparents Day.

More than 300 students, each accompanied by his grandparents or special loved ones, celebrate Mass with Jesuit president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J.

Afterward, the more than 700 total guests enjoy continental breakfast in the cafeteria, all grandparents receive a complimentary photo, and campus tours are available.

For more information on Grandparents Day, please click here.



Homecoming at Jesuit is always a special occasion. Each day during Homecoming Week is filled with unique activities on campus, including themed dress-down days, Fun Day, and a pep rally. By Friday's Homecoming football game, the campus is festooned with decorations in that year's Homecoming theme. Friday night's Homecoming BBQ is a don't-miss annual event filled with fun, camaraderie, and nostalgia. And at halftime of the football game the Alumnus of the Year is honored, the Homecoming Court introduced, and Homecoming Queen announced. The week culminates in the Homecoming Dance on Saturday.

Please click here for more information on Homecoming.

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