Jesuit High School's annual Mission Drive dates back to the 1930s. Each spring over a five-week period, Jesuit's school-wide, student-driven Mission Drive raises money for a worthy cause.
The Mission Drive culminates each April on Mission Drive Day, which begins with a wonderful music concert before the campus is filled with games, activities, food, and events. Competitions such as ping-pong, video games, dodge ball, and much more have small entry fees that help lift the final total raised each year by the Mission Drive.
If you would like to view photo slideshows off any of the past Mission Drive fundraisers, please click on one of the various hyperlinks below.
- Mission Drive 2020 was a massive success despite the disruption of Covid-19, which cancelled Mission Drive Day. However, through generous donations from students and the Jesuit community, the school's first online Mission Drive raised $10,585 for Feeding Tampa Bay.
- In 2019, Jesuit's Director of Community Service, Andy Wood '92, established the annual fundraiser's beneficiary as Indian Creek Roman Catholic School, where Mr. Justin Kelley, n.S.J., a 2014 Jesuit graduate, and Fr. Penn Dawson, S.J., a member of Jesuit's Board of Trustees, served. The Belize school (which is known locally as St. John's) has been plagued by health issues due to mold, as well as structural damage to the roof, and was in dire need of money to fix these problems. Mission Drive 2019 raised vastly exceeded its goal, raising some $12,000 for the school.
- Mission Drive 2018 was spearheaded by students Sebastian Torres '19 and Andrew Hanna '19, as they worked through the charitable organization Fe y Alegria to benefit displaced children in Colombia. Decades of civil strife in Colombia has created millions of displaced children without access to education and basic needs. The 2018 fundraiser collected $10,261 for the children.
- The beneficiaries of Mission Drive 2017 were the children of Belle Glade and their local parish, St. Philip Benizi. Belle Glade, an impoverished migrant community on the southern edge of Lake Okeechobee, for years has been visited several times annually by the Jesuit service club Agmen Christi. When all monies had been collected, Jesuit students had raised $10,423.
- In 2016, Jesuit students set a new Mission Drive record, raising a total of $13,559. The beneficiary of Mission Drive 2016 was the city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. For four consecutive years before Mission Drive 2016, a group of Jesuit students and chaperones had traveled to Nicaragua for a week in the summer to serve the destitute in Matagalpa. The Mission Drive 2016 funds were earmarked for three things: a chapel for Matagalpa’s prison, operation of the local youth center (La Casita), and to send six Matagalpan youths to World Youth Day. The funds were disbursed via the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who host Jesuit's annual mission trip to Matagalpa.
- Mission Drive 2015 benefited The Lord's Ranch in El Paso, Texas, which has served the poor and destitute of that region for decades. Jesuit students generated $10,987, which went toward several special projects at The Lord's Ranch.