Nearly 200 Annual Fund leadership donors gathered at The Water Club, located along the East River in Manhattan, and were thanked for their generosity last Friday evening. The evening was highlighted by Fordham Prep senior Max Maldonado reflecting on his experiences at the school and how his time at the Prep has helped him form bold goals for his career and his life. "I know that if I work hard, my hopes and dreams for the future can become a reality. I also know that without the education I'm receiving at the Prep, my reality would be very different. So, thank you for supporting the students of Fordham Prep and for giving me this opportunity tonight to share a little of what life is like at the Prep today," said Max.
Philanthropy, including The Annual Fund and the Igniting Our Mission Campaign, directly benefits our students every day - through our robust tuition assistance program which awards financial aid to 45% of our student body, support of our Global Education Program which gives students the opportunity to serve and study on six continents, through our new iSTEAM program where students will learn to push the boundaries of technology, and the completion of the East Wing Project which will physically support Fordham Prep students for years to come.
"I would like to echo Max, and thank you again for your incredible generosity to Fordham Prep, which enables us to offer programs to our deserving students," said Fordham Prep President Rev. Christopher J. Devron, SJ at Friday's event. Fr. Devron shared with the audience the profound impact of the school's Igniting Our Mission capital campaign which has raised nearly $50 million since 2015 to advance the Prep's mission in dramatic ways. "Thanks to all of our supporters, Fordham Prep has a bright future."