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Gaudiosa 2018: An Evening in Rome!

Gaudiosa 2018: An Evening in Rome
February 24, 2018


Gaudiosa 2018: An Evening in Rome was spectacular! Thank you to everyone who made the 15th annual Gaudiosa such a success - more than $700,000 was raised for Jesuit's financial aid program!


"On An Evening in Roma" - Dean Martin

Gaudiosa 2018 Grand Underwriters $25,000
The Hyer Family, P ’01
Stacey and Ron Leal, P ’09
Lauren and Christopher Schellman, P ’20
Jesuit Community Tampa

Blue & White Society
Laura and Michael L. DeLucia, P ’05, ’08
Sara and Kieran Mahoney, P ’16, ’18
Cherie and Harvey Schonbrun ’65, P ’03, ’10

Please click here for a full listing of Underwriters, Patrons, and Sponsors of Gaudiosa 2018!

sa 2018 recap

With a gorgeous backdrop and atmosphere of generous giving, Jesuit High School's 15th annual fundraising gala, Gaudiosa: An Evening in Rome, was a smash hit Saturday, February, 24 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.

The award-winning event raised a little more than $700,000 for Jesuit's financial aid program. It also featured the announcement of a transformative $1 million gift by Dan Doyle Jr. '89 to the school's $40 million 'For Greater Glory' capital campaign.

Doyle, the founder and CEO of DEX Imaging, is the youngest ever to make a gift of $1 million or more to Jesuit. For yea­rs he has demonstrated exemplary leadership in helping advance the mission of Jesuit, and Saturday, before more than 600 fellow Jesuit supporters, Doyle and his wife, Nicole, were recognized by school president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. for their transformative million-dollar donation to 'For Greater Glory.'

The amazing generosity of Doyle and so many others set the tone for another extraordinary Gaudiosa. Under the direction of Jane Younger, Jesuit's special events coordinator and 4-time winner of the Tampa Bay Business Journal's "Best Event Planner" honor, Gaudiosa once again featured a fabulous setting, sensational auction items, and the spirit of Jesuit's financial aid program.

The most impactful moment of the night was delivered by student speaker Lazaro Alvelaez '18. The Jesuit senior shared his remarkable family story of leaving Cuba for the United States when he was 9 years old, and spoke of the remarkable brotherhood he has experienced at Jesuit, which would not have been possible without financial aid. Now, Alvelaez is headed to Boston College as the recipient of a full Presidential Scholarship.

Gaudiosa 2018 showcased more than 300 wonderful silent auction items and live auction items such as world-class dining, a Northeast yachting vacation, two vacations to Italy, and excursions to Napa Valley and Deer Valley. The chance drawing of free gas for a year, sponsored by Radiant Food Stores, was won by Nancy Giannas. The lively atmosphere featured live music, a student orchestra ensemble, and amazing student art: Jesuit's AP Art students created five stunning Rome-themed murals for the event.

A Latin term meaning "joyous feast," Gaudiosa was named the Best Fundraising Event in the region by the TBBJ four times the past five years. The Event Patron Chairs were Lauren and Chris Schellman, P '20, and the Honorary Chairs were Stacey and Ron Leal, P '09.

Gaudiosa's generous patrons, sponsors, and guests provide a significant amount of Jesuit's financial aid. The past five years, Gaudiosa has raised more than $3.4 million, and since its inception has raised $7.2 million, all of it supporting Jesuit students with demonstrated financial need. This school year, Jesuit is providing $1.95 million in financial aid to students with demonstrated need.

Please save the date for next year's Gaudiosa - February 23, 2019 - when we celebrate "An Evening in Paris" as we continue along the journey of St. Ignatius in his founding of the Society of Jesus.


Contact special events coordinator 
Jane Younger at or (813) 877-5344, ext. 706 for more information.

 What is Gaudiosa?

The award-winning gala Gaudiosa is Jesuit High School's primary annual fundraiser. All proceeds from Gaudiosa directly benefit the school's financial aid program. Save the date for the 15th annual event, Gaudiosa 2018: An Evening in Rome, on February 24, 2018!

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 Jane and Gaudiosa were named TBBJ winners again in 2017.

Gaudiosa 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 -- An Evening in the Holy Land, An Evening in Venice, An Evening in London, and An Evening in Barcelona -- each raised more than $650,000, and combined raised more than $2.7 million for Jesuit's financial aid! Each year, Gaudiosa features more than 600 attendees, a gorgeous setting, sensational live and silent auction items, delicious dinner, and great live music. And of course, the spirit of the Jesuit High School mission permeates the event.

The locational theme for each Gaudiosa is based on the travels of St. Ignatius of Loyola,
the founder of the Society of Jesus -- the Jesuits -- in the 16th century. 

Click the links in this section for more information or to get involved in Gaudiosa. Or contact Jane Younger at or (813) 877-5344, ext. 706. Click here to view the Gaudiosa Facebook page.

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