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Scholarship Gala





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


The inaugural SJB Scholarship Gala took place on Tuesday, May 3, at 583 Park Avenue and raised over $770,000 for tuition assistance. The event marked 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 aid 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, was 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. She spoke candidly to guests and, especially, to the students in the room about the difficulties of her upbringing and how her Catholic education helped her to overcome her background and circumstances and to create her own self-definition.


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. Sister Mary Anne Foley, CND, Provincial of Blessed Sacrament Province (USA), accepted the honor on behalf of the Congregation.


Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani, the New York Times bestselling author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, hosted the evening. Ms. Trigiani is also an award-winning playwright, television writer and producer, and filmmaker. She is currently on tour for her latest novel, The Good Left Undone, which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 4 the week of the gala. 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.


Thank you to all who joined 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.


Click HERE to make a donation to the St. Jean Baptiste Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact Kathryn Collins, VP of Institutional Advancement, at [email protected] or 212-288-1645 ext.121.

Thank you to those who donated to the
Scholarship Gala at a leadership level:
Platinum Benefactors
Congregation de Notre Dame
Gold Benefactors
Freeport-McMoRan Foundation
Sheena R. Laughlin '60
The Lissner Charitable Fund
Edward J.M. Little
The Nussbaum / Kuhn Foundation
Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation
Eric Schmidt
Elizabeth A. Silvestri
Silver Benefactors
Stephen D. Amoroso, Jr.
Mary & David Boies
Kathryn Collins & Michael L. Weiner
James Curry
Dorothy Gough Doughty ‘64
Hikmet Ersek & Western Union Foundation
O'Shea-Hachigian Family
Bridget & Chris Russo / Delia & Mark Schulte / Tracey Thatcher & Craig Wood
Seedlings Foundation
Tiro A Segno Foundation
Frances F. Townsend
Bronze Benefactors
Brian and Joelle Kelly Family Foundation
Anne & Roger Cooper
Catherine Crowley
The John and Cindy McCain Family Foundation
Renée & Carl C. Landegger
Lenox Hill Hospital / Northwell Health
Colleen M. & Stephen F. Pizzitola
Suzanne Vlamis '62
Scholarship Donors
Susanne Blackstock
Vincent Cassano, Michael J. Cassano & Carmelia Cassano
John F. Coleman
Stephen DeNichilo
Michael Doheny
Cathy & John Dougherty
Susan Fales Hill & Aaron Hill
Suzanne Kaszynski '65
Marie Lippman
Dana L. Mark, Esq. '75
Metallic Lathers Union Local 46
Kathleen Coyle Murdoch '48
Nancy and Edwin Marks Family Foundation
James O'Rourke
Mary Ellen Ostrander
Elizabeth Pasciucco
Mary & William Rooney
Christine Doyle & William M. Schwartz
Rose Disanto & Stephen W. Starnes, Sr. in memory of Stephen W. Starnes, Jr.
Individual Benefactors
Angelo Angerame
Evelyn Aponte-Santoro '73
Veronica D. Ball '87
Candace K. Beinecke
Mary & Gary Bracken
Irene Ceron Bumstead '60
Lauren Burke
Rosanne Cash
Eileen C. Cavanaugh '59
Kevin F. Cuddihy
Ronald F. DeSoiza and Donna DeSoiza
East Coast Energy Group
Jane Eddy
Laura Egelhoff
Michelle & Danny Frank
Christopher Giglio
Susan Gilman
 Denise Granda '55
Hilary & Kevin Greene
Jill W. Lampe
Catherine Lynch '64
Gerri McNamara '68
Milic Family Charitable Fund
Julissa Nethersole '05
Tionney Nix '13
Mary LouButke Platt '54 and Robert Platt
Maureen B.Power '58 & James E. Power
Carol Quimby-Bonan
Hugh T. Riley, III & Ning Tai
David Schmidt
Laurel Southworth
Victoria Schneps-Yunis
Joshua Strugatz
Bernadette & James Sullivan
Individual Supporters
Loretta Kohutich Cerabone '62
Patrick Clark
Brenda & Colin Devine
Hanne Donovan
Flynn O'Hara Uniforms
Barbara Geddis
Ruth Oratz & Albert Knapp