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 email@example.com 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 2020: AN EVENING IN THE HOLY LAND
A RECORD-SETTING GAUDIOSA! MORE THAN $815,000 RAISED FOR JESUIT's FINANCIAL AID!
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.
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.
THE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.