Juan Pablo Zuluaga speaks at the 2017 Adopt-A-Student Foundation Dinner

Close to 350 people gathered at the Seaport Hotel for the 16th annual Adopt-A-Student Foundation Partnership for Success Dinner on Thursday, October 26th. The dinner raised $1.3 Million to support student scholarships at Cathedral High School.

The event honored PwC for its ongoing impact and support for students at Cathedral High School, including organizing financial literacy workshops for upperclassmen and families. John Farina, Northeast Managing Partner at PwC, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

A key figure at Cathedral High School since 1960, Sister Mary Black of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, was also honored for her tireless commitment to the students and the school. School Trustee John J. Remondi ’54 presented her with a special award on behalf of the Trustees as a token of gratitude for her decades of service. “We would not be here if the sisters had not worked tirelessly for decades for Cathedral High School,” said Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, OFM, Cap., Archbishop of Boston, “and of course nobody has been here as long as Sister Mary Black.”

“The Adopt-A-Student dinner is a key event for us to highlight our important partnerships and to also raise much needed funding for student tuition assistance,” said Dr. Oscar Santos, Head of School at Cathedral.

The event was co-chaired by Cathedral Trustees Robert A. O’Neill of Fidelity Investments and Ronald J. Rodericks, Managing Director at ITG.

J. Keith Motley, former Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Boston, was the emcee for the evening and Cardinal O’Malley delivered the invocation. Guests also heard from Dr. Oscar Santos, Jaida Lightford ’15, a recent alumna of the school and several current Cathedral students.

Cathedral senior and Posse Foundation finalist Juan Pablo Zuluaga ’18 shared his main reasons for choosing Cathedral, and his goals for the future: “I was impressed by the 11-year streak of 100 percent of the seniors graduating and being accepted to college. I’m proud to now be part of this tradition as the class of 2018 works towards keeping this streak alive as the 15th straight graduating class to achieve this distinction.” He added, “The Cathedral family is something I have come to love and will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Tuition covers less than 20 percent of the school’s costs and thus, as a fully independent school, Cathedral relies heavily on the Boston philanthropic community to provide financial assistance to 100 percent of Cathedral’s students. The Adopt-A-Student Foundation organizes fundraising events to make the school’s mission possible.

About the Adopt-a-Student Foundation

The Adopt-A-Student Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization established to ensure that students of all economic, educational, and faith backgrounds have access to a quality, values-based college preparatory education. Since 1926, Cathedral High School has helped open the doors of educational opportunity to generations of Boston’s youth. The Adopt-A-Student Foundation ensures that no student is turned away from Cathedral due to lack of means.