We Did It!
From October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, Saint Joseph Prep held a matching challenge fundraiser. Instigated by the generosity of MSJA '48 alum Agnes Burns Hughes, our goal was to raise $100,000, which Mrs. Hughes would match.
Thanks to you, our community of families, friends, and far-flung donors, we exceeded that challenge! Donations came in from alumni young and old, from current and past parents, and from as far away as Arizona, California, Colorado, and nine other non-New England states, as we raised $201,568. With Mrs. Hughes' matching gift, our three-month fundraiser has brought in $301,568.
“We’re thrilled with the result of the campaign and the widespread, generous support we received,” Robin King, Director of Advancement, said. “Here at Saint Joseph Prep, we pride ourselves on offering a high quality education founded on the Catholic values championed by our sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, and this will help us continue to support our students’ learning and growth.”
For Mrs. Hughes, who issued the challenge because she believes so strongly in the ability of each Saint Joseph Prep student to make a difference in the world, seeing the SJP community rise to her challenge affirmed her reasons for offering it. "I'm hopeful that the success of the campaign sends a powerful message to the students and that this gift will inspire them to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded them," she said. "To them I say, 'Make the world a better place.'"
Our students took part in the challenge during an Agnes Burns Hughes Appreciation Week, which featured a raffle for Celtics tickets; a record-setting tag day, which raised $657; and a happiness jar through which students encouraged their peers to do positive acts and make a difference.
Thank you to all who participated in the challenge and helped us surpass our goal! Your gift will make a difference!