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Scholarship Gala



AT LAST! The St. Jean Baptiste High School community will come together, in person, to celebrate A FIRST!


The inaugural SJB Scholarship Gala will take place on Tuesday, May 3, at 583 Park Avenue. The event will mark nearly a century of transformative education on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Since its founding in 1929, St. Jean's has been preparing and empowering young women of diverse backgrounds and abilities to excel at university and beyond. Most of these students would be unable to afford a rigorous, college-preparatory education without that scholarship assistance that St. Jean's provides.

Frances Townsend


Frances F. Townsend, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Activision Blizzard and former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, will be honored. Previously, Ms. Townsend was the first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence for the U.S. Coast Guard and spent 13 years at the U.S.Department of Justice under the administrations of Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. A Product of Catholic education, Ms. Townsend is a role-model and the embodiment of our Jeanite values. She has received numerous awards for her public service accomplishments.


Our anniversary celebration would not be complete without also honoring the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, whose dedication, academic expertise, as well as spiritual and financial support have--for nine decades--sustained the school and its mission. The Sisters remain a daily inspiration to our students as beloved administrators and staff.


Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times bestselling author of 18 books of fiction and nonfiction, will host the evening. Ms. Trigiani is also an award-winning playwright, television writer and producer, and filmmaker. The House of Love, Ms. Trigiani's first children's book, will be published in December followed by The Good Left Undone in April 2022. Ms. Trigiani is the co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that brings professional authors into the classroom to work with students on their creative writing. It serves more than 1,500 students in Appalachia.


We hope you will join us to celebrate these remarkable women. All proceeds from the Gala will go directly to tuition assistance and scholarship aid. Your support will have a direct and profound impact on the lives of the students who are the heart and soul of St. Jean Baptiste High School. We look forward to seeing you on May 3.


Click HERE to purchase tickets, sponsor tables, learn about underwriting opportunities, or make a donation. For more information, please contact Kathryn Collins, VP of Institutional Advancement, at or 212-288-1645 ext.121.

Thank you to those who have already donated to the
Scholarship Gala at a leadership level:
Platinum Benefactors
Congregation de Notre Dame
Gold Benefactors
Freeport-McMoRan Foundation
Rev. John A. Kamas, SSS
Edward J.M. Little
The Nussbaum/Kuhn Foundation
Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation
Eric Schmidt
Elizabeth A. Silvestri
Silver Benefactors
Mary and David Boies
James Curry
Dorothy Gough Doughty ‘64
Hikmet Ersek and Western Union Foundation
O'Shea-Hachigian Family
The Thomas P. Waters Foundation
Bronze Benefactors
Stephen D. Amoroso, Jr.
Alison Andrews and Johannes Weber
Kathryn Collins and Michael L. Weiner
The John and Cindy McCain Family Foundation
Renee and Carl C. Landegger
Sheena R. Laughlin '60
Colleen M. and Stephen F. Pizzitola
Individual Benefactors
Candace K. Beinecke
Stephen DeNichilo
Ronald F. DeSoiza
East Coast Energy Group
Gerri McNamara '68
Metallic Lathers Union Local 46
Hugh T. Riley, III and Ning Tai
Suzanne Vlamis '62
Individual Supporters
Kevin F. Cuddihy
Veronica D. Ball '87
Kerri Martin Bartlett
John P. and Lauren M. Driscoll
Ruth Oratz
Rynkar, Vail & Barrett, LLP