With more than 525 guests in attendance, the Grand Gala's return to the Westin Jersey City Newport proved to be was truly grand evening for Prep, and for the students and families who rely on financial assistance to keep a life-shaping Jesuit education within reach. The Gala raised a preliminary total of $443,000 for financial assistance this year, including a record-breaking Fund-a-Scholar total of more than $200,000 in direct donations.
With Seton Ahearn, P'01 and Fr. Bob Reiser, S.J. – two key figures in the event's debut in 2008 – on hand as honorary co-chairs, the evening also featured a heartfelt tribute to another former Prep president, Fr. Jim Keenan, S.J., who turned 80 earlier this year. But perhaps no part of the evening shone brighter than the student address by Jorge Portorreal, '17 (video below).
Posted by Saint Peter's Prep on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Special thanks to our 2017 Gala co-chairs, Monica and Paul Cuccinelli, P'17, Trish and Bill Fitzpatrick, P'07,'16, Jennifer and Mike McGuire, P'17, and Liz and Bill Ruvo, P'15,'17, who worked with Prep's advancement staff and a large team of volunteers to help make the Gala a success for the tenth year running!