Posted on September 28, 2018 · Posted in Alumni News, General, News, Press Release

St. Laurence High School is excited to announce it has surpassed the $5 million goal of its Defend the Glory Campaign.

Publicly launched in October of 2016, Defend the Glory is the largest and most comprehensive campaign in St. Laurence’s 57-year history. Nearly 400 donors stepped forward in this initiative, with over 70 supporters making commitments of $10,000 or more.

“We are thrilled to see our years of hard work and dedication come to fruition with the conclusion of our Defend the Glory campaign,” said St. Laurence President Joseph Martinez. “Early on in this process, we identified three of the most important assets to our school – our students, our faculty and our building. The completion of this campaign means that, thanks to the unparalleled commitment of our alumni and friends, we can support all three in a way our community has not seen before.”

Defend the Glory provides scholarship support to students – about $750,000 has already been awarded, with another $1.75 million in reserve. $1.5 million supports faculty and staff through salary increases, the addition of new positions and enhanced training and professional development. $1 million has been spent to modernize St. Laurence’s learning environment and technology infrastructure to support its project-based, 1:1 iPad curriculum.

“I would like to thank all of our stakeholders who, with a belief in our mission and vision, made this historic campaign successful” added Martinez. “I would especially like to thank our Campaign Co-Chairs, Joe Silich ’87 and Frank Tannura ’75, who helped us navigate this entire process and were leaders every step of the way. I would also like to thank our Campaign Cabinet members for their efforts throughout the life of this campaign for their contributions, without which we could not have exceeded our goal in such a timely fashion.”