Gesu Update blog posts

2015 Gesu Gala: Record Funds Raised and Our Largest Attendance Ever!

Thank you to all who supported our students at the 2015 Gesu Gala. It was an evening of “firsts,” demonstrating that Gesu Works! The Gala raised a record $400,000 and had our highest number of guests ever—420! Other notable firsts include:


Gesu School’s First-Ever Gala After Hours Soiree a Success!

The Gesu Junior Board hosted a festive After Hours Soiree following the Gesu Gala at the National Museum of American Jewish History on May 7. We are so grateful to the nearly 100 guests who attended to support Gesu students! 

Through ticket sales and a fabulous raffle, the event exceeded its goal, raising over $5,000. Proceeds raised will help to fund a scholarship for one Gesu student for one year.

We extend a special thanks to DJ Antbody for the great music and to our sponsors: 12St Catering, Independence Blue Cross, Devine + Partners, Fairmount Bicycles, Penn Distributors, Sam Adams, Rex & Goliath, and Dock Street Brewery.    

Learn more about the Gesu Junior Board.


Grade Two Teacher, Mary Ryder, Receives the “JIMMY” Medal at SpeakUp! Event at Gesu School.

Congratulations to Mary Ryder, Grade Two Teacher at Gesu, who received the “JIMMY” Medal from the SpeakUp! organization on April 9, 2015! The “JIMMY” Medal is awarded to individuals who exhibit resiliency, empathy, humility, and loyalty, and who make a difference in others’ lives by recognizing their goodness and potential. We applaud Mrs. Ryder for her commitment to Gesu’s students and her role as faculty coordinator for Gesu’s 2014 and 2015 SpeakUp! events. SpeakUp! promotes open communication among youth, educators, and parents on critical topics facing adolescents today.

On receiving the award, Mrs. Ryder comments, “I was just stunned. I was humbled by the support. To be given this for something I love doing so much is such a gift. I love my job.” She has taught at Gesu School since 2011.

Summer event at the Jersey Shore raises awareness about Gesu School.

Our sincerest thanks to Therese Walsh for volunteering to host a lovely evening at the shore to support Gesu School! Over 45 friends gathered together in Avalon, New Jersey for a memorable evening to learn more about Gesu’s mission and raise funds for programs that provide a holistic education for 450 children in the Jesuit and IHM traditions. We are grateful to all who attended for sharing your time and support!

Enjoy photos from the evening.

To learn more about how you can get involved with Gesu School, or to schedule a visit, contact the Development Office at 215-763-9077 or development@gesuschool.org, or visit www.gesuschool.org/join_our_mission

Gesu Students Develop Leadership Skills at "Speak Up!" Event.

Gesu School’s extracurricular offerings cultivate unique opportunities for students to build on their academic skills and develop their whole person. This spring, four Gesu student leaders—eighth graders, Christian and Jamaal, and seventh graders, Cierra and Kyheim—represented their school and strengthened their community at the SpeakUp! event.

The SpeakUp! organization promotes open communication among youth, educators, and parents on critical topics facing adolescents today. This year’s event, hosted by Gesu on April 9, 2015, brought together over 100 students, families, teachers, and community members connected to North Philadelphia schools—Gesu, LaSalle Academy, and Hope Partnership—for an inspiring, productive evening of dialogue.

Gesu Earns Designation as a “No Place for Hate” School by the Anti-Defamation League.

A cornerstone of a Gesu education includes character formation, which is intertwined daily with spiritual growth and academics. “We want our children to understand treating others with respect and valuing differences,” states Gesu School President and CEO, Bryan Carter.

During the 2014-15 school year, Gesu students participated in a myriad of opportunities to develop respect for themselves and others, empathy, and leadership.

Congratulations to the Gesu School Class of 2015!

Gesu School is proud of our 38 eighth graders, who graduated on June 10, 2015, and will attend outstanding high schools. We know they will be successful in their future pursuits, and we eagerly anticipate learning of their many accomplishments!

Archbishop John Carroll High School

Archbishop Ryan High School

Central High School

Cristo Rey Philadelphia

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School

Lankenau High School

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls

Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School

Mercy Vocational High School

Merion Mercy Academy

Milton Hershey School

Roman Catholic High School

SS. Neumann & Goretti Catholic High School

The Baldwin School

The Haverford School

The Shipley School

West Catholic Preparatory High School 

Alumni Reunion (classes of 2007 to 2015) - Register Today!

Gesu alumni are invited to join us for a reunion!

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015

Time: 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Where: Lucky Strike Philadelphia, 1336 Chestnut Street

Details: Includes lunch, shoe rental, private floor with 12 lanes and 4 pool tables

Cost: $10

Click here to register!

2015 Gesu Gala and After Hours Soiree on May 7!

The 2015 Gesu Gala promises to be a spectacular evening! We eagerly anticipate the event at the National Museum of American Jewish History on May 7, 6-9pm, which includes: 

Gesu Exceeds One Day Challenge Goal! The Z Foundation of Sarasota Florida to Grant Gesu School $10,000!

Gesu School’s first-ever One Day Challenge on April 15, 2015, was a tremendous success! Our sincerest thanks to all 508 Gesu friends, families, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, and donors who supported this effort. In an inspiring display of solidarity, donors from the local community and from coast to coast—California to Connecticut—enabled us to surpass our goal of 250 gifts, by more than double!

Because of your participation, The Z Foundation of Sarasota Florida will graciously award Gesu the $10,000 challenge grant. We are deeply grateful for their immense generosity! Their sponsorship of Gesu’s One Day Challenge has generated a wave of support. In total and including the $10,000 challenge gift, Gesu raised $34,569.80 in just one day!