GAUDIOSA 2022: AN EVENING IN LONDON!
Jesuit's award-winning special events coordinator Jane Younger and her team of extraordinary volunteers are in full preparations for the 19th annual Gaudiosa spectacular on Feb. 26, 2022! This school year, Gaudiosa will travel to London! It will be an exciting evening featuring sensational auction items, fellowship, delicious dinner, dancing, and generosity, with all Gaudiosa proceeds, as always, going toward Jesuit's financial aid program!
GAUDIOSA AUCTION ITEMS: Click here to donate an Auction item to Gaudiosa 2022: An Evening in London!
More information about registration and sponsorship opportunities is coming soon - stay tuned!
GAUDIOSA MEETINGS will be held on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:15am at the NETWORKING LEADS COFFEEHOUSE, 2701 N Himes Ave, 2nd floor.
Gaudiosa 2022 meeting dates:
A LOOK BACK AT GAUDIOSA 2021: AN EVENING IN VENICE
THE FIRST OUTDOORS GAUDIOSA RAISES MORE THAN $800,000 FOR JESUIT'S FINANCIAL AID!
Jesuit High School’s 18th annual award-winning fundraising gala, Gaudiosa: An Evening Venice, raised more than $825,000 on February 27! It marks the second straight year Gaudiosa exceeded $800,000 and is a tremendous testament to the amazing generosity of Jesuit’s many benefactors, who have maintained strong support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This year's gala was certainly the most important we've ever had," said Jesuit's Development Director, Nick Suszynski '98. "The pandemic has caused so much uncertainty and financial stress for many families. Jesuit's generous benefactors once again showed their unwavering support for the school's mission and their dedication to the financial aid program."
Gaudiosa now has generated nearly $6 million over the past eight years – all for Jesuit students with financial need. All proceeds from Gaudiosa go toward Jesuit's robust financial aid program. Shortly after the pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, there was a significant increase in requests for financial aid. As a result, during the 2020-21 school year Jesuit committed a record $3.2 million in financial aid to some 40% of the student body.
The gorgeous Oliva Courtyard on campus, adjacent to the new Chapel of the Holy Cross and Gonzmart Hall, was beautifully transformed into a Venetian theme by Decorations Chairs Annette Sanchez, P '17 and Elvia Rivera, P '14, setting the tone for a wonderful evening. The spectacular setting and more than 400 guests (about 200 less than usual for social distancing) contributed to spirit of giving, with exciting live auction items, delicious dinner, a chance drawing for 'Gas for a Year,' which was won by Jesuit teacher Ian Edwards '05, live music, and dancing. Also, for the first time in Gaudiosa history, some 300 fabulous silent auction items were available electronically to anyone who wished to bid, not just those in attendance.
The highlight of the evening and most impactful moment was provided by student speaker Thomas Davis '21. Davis spoke of how his desire to come to Jesuit seemed doomed due to financial hardship. However, the school's financial aid program made it possible, supporting his tuition for four years and also helping finance his participation in a two-week pilgrimage to Europe. Click here, or scroll down, to view video of Davis' presentation.
"Jesuit High School is committed to educating any qualified boy who wishes to attend Jesuit, regardless of his family's financial situation,'' Suszynski said.
A Latin term meaning "joyous feast," Gaudiosa's themed locations celebrate places that were important in the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. 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 Jane Younger, named the area's Favorite Event Planner four times by the TBBJ, and a team of dedicated volunteers led this year by Auction Chair Kathryn Sutton, P '18.
Among the hundreds who donated to Gaudiosa 2021 and made it a huge success were the event's Grand Gaudiosa Underwriters:
- Honorary Event Chairs Nikki DeBartolo and Sheriff Chad Chronister, P '22
- The Hyer Family, P '01, '23
- Stacey and Ron Leal, P '09
- Lauren and Christopher Schellman, P '20, '24
- Jesuit Community Tampa
Additional major donors to Gaudiosa 2020 include Blue and White Society ($10,000 donation) members:
- Laura and Michael DeLucia, P '05, '08
- Heritage Insurance/Yvette and Ernie Garateix, P '21
- 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
- Cherie and Harvey Schonbrun '65, P '03, '10
Below are two photo slideshows from Gaudiosa and a video of the student presentation by Davis. Below that is a listing of Gaudiosa 2021 Platinum Patrons ($5,000), Gold Patrons ($2,500), Silver Patrons ($1,000), and Sponsors.
THANK YOU to all of Gaudiosa's generous supporters and dedicated volunteers!
SAVE THE DATE: The 19th annual Gaudiosa: An Evening in London is set for February 26, 2022!
A LOOK BACK AT 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.