On April 18, Fr. Willie ‘87 announced the launch of the first-ever Parent Challenge. This initiative came together as a result of the annual Tombola being canceled this academic year.
“Normally, Tombola helps us raise the much-needed funds for the Financial Assistance Program,” said Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations Phil Fernández ‘94. “Since we can’t have it, we needed to think of a way to engage our parents and inspire them to give to the school, starting with what they would normally have spent at the festival.”
The Parent Challenge is meant to engage parents by using a dynamic website that updates every time a gift is made in real-time. The friendly challenge pins the seven grades up against one another and ranks them by participation rate and overall donation amount.
“The Belen community is the ultimate winner,” said Fernández. “The school is benefiting from the generosity of our parents and in turn, the funds will be allocated to the Annual Fund for Belen.”
The Fund for Belen sustains the school’s commitment to quality education. We rely on these gifts to help close the gap between our tuition revenues and the higher cost of providing a top education. The collective support of this campaign gives Belen the flexibility to support various initiatives. Virtually no aspect of our school, from arts, athletics, technology upgrades, faculty development, and others is left untouched by Annual Fund contributions. Gifts help control tuition levels to continue making our school accessible to families of all financial levels. It is important to remember that Annual Fund for Belen gifts are tax-deductible, whereas tuition increases are not.
The Parent Challenge will measure the participation of every family in the Annual Fund for Belen by class from April 18 until April 25. Even if you have already made a gift this year, we are asking you to make an additional one-time contribution if possible. You may even consider giving what the average person typically spends at Tombola over the course of the weekend. The average cost spent by one student attending Tombola Friday-Sunday is estimated to be $150 and for an adult $250. If you don’t already have a pledge to the Annual Fund for Belen, please take this opportunity to participate.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.