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Special Events

Jesuit High School's Development Department hosts several popular annual events that support Jesuit. Click the links on the left side of this page, or on your mobile device click "In This Section," for more information about each special event.

The most prominent of these events is the spectacular Gaudiosa, the school's primary fundraiser held each spring. Gaudiosa has been chosen as the Favorite Fundraising Event in the region by the Tampa Bay Business Journal four times. Through 2020, Gaudiosa has raised more than $8.5 million in its 17 years, including more than $4.7 million the past six years!

In response to the challenging times caused by the pandemic, Gaudiosa 2021: An Evening in Venice will be held on the Jesuit campus! With accommodations on campus for this event being different than year’s past, space will be limited.

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, Grandparents Day, and the Volunteer Appreciation Party. Click on the links at left, or on your mobile device click "In This Section,"  for more information about these wonderful Jesuit events.  




Jesuit High School's 17th annual award-winning fundraising gala, Gaudiosa: An Evening in the Holy Land, set a new record Saturday, February 22, raising more than $815,000! It marks the first time the event, which raised a then-record $775,000 last year, has eclipsed the $800,000 mark. Click here and here to view phenomenal photo slideshows from the evening.

All proceeds from Gaudiosa go toward Jesuit's robust financial aid program. For 2019-20, Jesuit has committed $2.47 million in financial aid to more than 30% of the student body. With this year's record total of $815,000+, Gaudiosa, under the direction of award-winning special events coordinator Jane Younger, now has generated more than $5 million over the past seven years – all for Jesuit students with demonstrated financial need.

As it does every year, Gaudiosa featured a spirit of generosity amidst a gorgeous, St. Ignatius-inspired setting created by Decorations Chairs Annette Sanchez, P 17 and Elvia Rivera, P 14 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Led by Auction Chair Carol Jahnke, P 22, the event showcased sensational live auction items such as vacations to Italy and Napa Valley, the legendary Dinner with Fr. Douglas Hypolite, S.J., and more than 300 fabulous silent auction items. The more than 600 generous guests also enjoyed a delicious dinner, student musicians, beautiful murals created by Jesuit's AP Art students, live music with the band Finesse, and dancing. Click here to view the the event program.

Among the hundreds who donated to Gaudiosa 2020 and made it a huge success were the event's Grand Gaudiosa Underwriters: Pat Carroll 98; Nikki DeBartolo and Sheriff Chad Chronister, P 22; The Hyer Family, P 01, 23, 23; Stacey and Ron Leal, P 09; Lauren and Christopher Schellman, P 20; and the Jesuit Community Tampa. All of the event underwriters in 2020 also have been very generous supporters of Gaudiosa in years past.

Additional major donors to Gaudiosa 2020 include Blue and White Society ($10,000 donation) members Laura and Michael DeLucia, P '05, '08; Sara and Kieran Mahoney, P ’16, ’18, ’23; MarineMax/Vicki and Brett McGill ’87, P ’19, ’20, ’22, ’23; Lydia and John Oliva ’60, P ’84; and Cherie and Harvey Schonbrun '65, P '03, '10.

Student speaker Oscar Lopez ’20 (pictured below with his parents, Oscar Lopez and Aida Alayon) provided the most impactful moment Saturday night. Lopez spoke of the extraordinary brotherhood and mentoring he has experienced at Jesuit – which would not have been possible without financial aid – and his desire to return someday as a Spanish teacher. Click here to view video of Lopez's presentation.

A Latin term meaning "joyous feast," Gaudiosa has been named the region's Favorite Fundraising Event four times by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Bringing the entire, fabulous event together is Younger, who has been named the area's Favorite Event Planner four times by the TBBJ, and a team of dedicated volunteers. A list of all of Gaudiosa's patrons and volunteers is available in the event program, click here to view. 

"Jesuit High School is committed to educating any qualified boy who wishes to attend Jesuit, regardless of his family's financial situation,'' Jesuit's Development Director, Nick Suszynski '98, said. "Again this year, Jesuit's generous benefactors showed their amazing support for the school's mission and dedication to its financial aid program."

The generosity of Gaudiosa's patrons, sponsors, and guests provides a significant amount of Jesuit's financial aid. This school year, Gaudiosa 2019 proceeds are providing nearly 1/3rd of the school's $2.47 million financial aid disbursement. In recent years, Gaudiosa also has featured the announcement of transformational capital gifts, such as a $2 million Arts Center donation in 2019 from Ron Antinori '60; a $3 million gift in 2016 from Joe Capitano Sr. '56, Joe Capitano Jr. '84, and Frank Capitano '87; and a $2.5 million donation in 2017 by Richard "Steve" Jenkins '75.

SAVE THE DATE: for the 18th Gaudiosa: An Evening in Venice on Feb. 27, 2021, as we continue along the journey of St. Ignatius in his founding of the Society of Jesus.

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