Scholarship Breakfast Raises $13,500 for Immaculate High School
The beneficiaries of a great Catholic school education provided personal testimonies at Immaculate High School's Second Annual Scholarship Breakfast held on November 3, which raised $13,500 for the Immaculate Adopt-a-Mustang Fund. The fund provides scholarships for students whose parents experience difficulties meeting their tuition obligations due to an unexpected hardship or low family income.
Sharing personal reflections were Jack Bouffard '93 and Meghan McDermott '13. Mr. Bouffard emotionally recalled how Immaculate supported him and the rest of his family when his sister was diagnosed with cancer as a child and when his father passed away. "The IHS family always helps a family member in need," he said. Mr. Bouffard's father, Denis Bouffard, was a teacher at Immaculate for 37 years and after his unexpected death this past year, as an extension of their appreciation for the gift of the education received at Immaculate, Denis' friends and family contributed to the school's Adopt-A-Mustang Fund in his name.
Ms. McDermott '13, shared how people may not truly understand the magnitude of the investment they make when they donate to the Fund. "Immaculate, and the scholarships I received, helped me find my identity and changed my life," she said. "I realized that somebody somewhere believed in me - somebody made an investment in ME," Ms. McDermott said, adding that "the scholarships gave me somebody beyond myself to go out and produce for....donations to the fund are life-saving and life-changing." She appealed to donors to "help someone help themselves become who they are meant to be."
Keynote speaker and alumnus Joseph T. Draper '82 thanked Immaculate High School for "all that you have done for my life." He shared a photo of a rainbow over the Immaculate building -- "I felt like that rainbow was over the building every day I was there."
Mr. Draper spoke about the importance of a Catholic education, especially in today's world. "The foundation of Immaculate is its Catholic identity. We want to share this identity with all children who desire it, and emphasize faith, heritage and history," he said. "Everywhere in Immaculate are symbols that remind them of this identity, and behind everything is the faculty that live their lives and work to help form and preserve this identity and heritage," Mr. Draper noted.
"Christ and the apostles were the founding fathers of our faith, and I want students to know more about them and other prominent figures in the Catholic religion and build the depth of the Catholic faith," Mr. Draper said. "Immaculate helps build faith formation in children, and scholarships help the parents who want this to happen but can't afford it," Mr. Draper noted. "Supporting kids with scholarships involves love, humility, commitment, optimism and strength...be the army that convinces today's children that faith is still the path," he concluded.
Mary Maloney, President of IHS, emceed the event. "Immaculate High School provides families with a choice -- a choice that allows their hard-working, talented children opportunities to excel beyond their own expectations and be successful, faith-filled leaders," she said. "We are extremely proud of our students and are especially thankful to everyone who supports making their dreams become a reality."
The entire Immaculate family thanks everyone who attended the breakfast and supported the Adopt-A-Mustang fund, including the guest speakers and sponsors Bill and Becky Johnston, the Law Offices of Lawrence M. Riefberg, LLC; Joseph T. Draper, The Carroll Family Fund, Saint Rose of Lima Church, Wilshire Real Estate Advisors, LLC; CironeFriedberg, LLC; Hollandia Nurseries, Knights of Columbus Council #29, Kevin and Mary Maloney, Maura Melody, Old Timers Association of Greater Danbury, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, The C.A.R.E.S. Group, Union Savings Bank and Western Connecticut State University.
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SAVE THE DATE!! #GivingTuesday is November 28!
This is our moment to make a difference!
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting shopping deals. And now we have a day to GIVE BACK on #GivingTuesday, as part of a global giving movement dedicated to helping others. This event allows people to GIVE to the causes dear to them. On Tuesday, November 28 become a part of a new tradition of generosity by contributing to the I Am Immaculate Fund.
For 24 hours only Immaculate will appeal to its entire family to consider giving to the I Am Immaculate Fund, which supports all programs at Immaculate High School. Your donation to the I Am Immaculate Fund provides endless opportunities for our students and supports important programs at Immaculate High School. Donations go to work immediately to enrich student experiences in and out of the classroom, including academics, fine arts, athletics, spiritual life, facilities and scholarships. What matters is not the size of your gift, but the spirit that inspires you to give to Immaculate!
Our goal this year is $30,000. If you would like to donate to the I Am Immaculate Fund visit www.immaculatehs.org/give. Volunteers are needed on #GivingTuesday to help with the phone-a-thon -- parents, students and alumni are all welcome to join us! CLICK HERE to sign up.
SAVE THE DATE for Spring Gala on Saturday, April 7, 2018
This is Immaculate's largest fundraiser for the school and is a fun evening of dinner, silent & live auctions, raffles and dancing. If you would like to join the Gala committee please contact Debbie Basile at email@example.com.