SPOTLIGHT ON PHILANTHROPY
Every Gift Matters
Every day, nearly 965 students fill the halls of St. Edward High School, grateful for the daily experience of being an Edsman and eager to strive for excellence, embrace their faith, build life-long relationships, and commit to servant leadership. The opportunities available to our St. Edward students – in the classroom, on the stage, on the athletic fields and in the performing arts - would not be possible without the generous support of our alumni, parents, past parents and friends. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference and helps change the lives of our students.
Learn More From Those Who Support The Annual Fund
Debbie and Mike Morcellino P'16
Our son, Christopher ’16, grew to understand the importance of faith, academic excellence and servant leadership from his fellow Edsmen and from the dedicated staff at St. Edward High School. We continue to make St. Ed’s a philanthropic priority to help give other young men this same opportunity. We know that Edsmen truly appreciate the blessing of being a part of such a special school and hope that one day they will be able to pay it forward!
Nancy and Ed Hatgas '66
In addition to an excellent academic foundation, a St. Ed’s education encourages each student to reach their fullest potential beyond the classroom. I’ve seen it in my own life, in my many family members who have attended St. Ed’s, and in the impressive alumni who have achieved personal and professional success in life. Every interaction with the St. Ed’s community inspires us to continue our support for the school and the young men who will attend in the future.
Fil Biagiotti '82
"My parents have passed away, but their sacrifices never forgotten. My generation grew up knowing our families may not have had the money readily available to send us to private school, but the sacrifices were more than worth it knowing the education and values instilled in us. I never appreciated it more than now when I see my kids receiving the same life lessons. I am proud to help the young men at St. Ed's and give in honor and appreciation of what my parents did for me."
Jim and Jenni Aerni
As parents of a St. Ed’s alum and a current student, Jim and Jenni have witnessed the value of a St. Ed’s education. They believe that the “high school years are critical in the development of social, spiritual, and college preparation skills for our young men.” The Aernis say, “we observed, ten years ago, how St. Ed’s was such a great experience for our older son, Jeff ’06. We continue to support St. Ed’s financially in hopes that many more students, including our son John ’17, will benefit from similar experiences.”
Rick Kubrak ’07
Rick was excited to return to his alma mater in 2013 and currently serves as Director of Service and Outreach for St. Ed’s. Last year, students spent over 3,000 hours participating in 95 school-sponsored service projects and senior service hours. He says, “The students are the ones who make this community great. I give to the Annual Fund to support their passions, education and experience here at St. Ed’s. They are being transformed into men of character and compassion, and I want to help support families who choose to invest in their son’s education.”
John Breen ’80
John just celebrated his 35th Reunion from St. Edward High School and while living in Clearwater, Florida doesn’t allow him to visit often, he continues to support his alma mater. “It was more than high school for me. The teachers were mentors and encouraged me to go beyond the classroom and challenge myself. I chose sports, student council, drama and the retreat program. The lessons learned in those experiences, provided me the confidence to take on even greater challenges in my life.” John also gives St. Ed’s a little credit for his 31 years of wedded bliss, as he did take his now wife Cathy, to his freshman homecoming dance. “The quality of people you meet that are connected with St. Edward High School are the type of people you want to surround yourself with the rest of your life. My wife and I continue to support St. Edward students because we believe that they will make a positive difference in our world.“
James Spuhler ’56
It may be 60 years since Jim has walked the halls of St. Ed’s as a student, but the sentiment and pride in being an Eagle remain strong. Jim says it’s the “spiritual guidance, strong education direction and friendships” that he remembers the most from his days at St Ed’s. Those friendships have lasted through the years. In fact, Jim and many classmates from the 50’s and 60’s having been gathering at Mahles in Westlake once a month for close to 8 years. “It’s fun to get together and talk about our times at St. Ed’s. We all know that the school has come a long way and we are proud of that.” Jim and his wife Joyce support the Annual Fund each year believing that “the world needs good leaders and that St. Ed’s will provide them.” His advice to current students: “Be an example to the world. Above all, be a good husband and father to your children.”