Portland, November 12th, 2013. St. Mary’s Academy’s 20th anniversary Food for Thought tuition assistance luncheon raised a record-breaking $506,014. The signature event at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower and drew 725 attendees united in their passion for ensuring that a St. Mary’s education remains accessible to all young women.
This year’s event revenue represented a 24 percent increase over the previous record of $407,000 set in 2003.
The event was co-chaired by alumnae Suzann Baricevic Murphy and Megan O’Donnell Murphy and emceed by KGW morning news anchor Brenda Braxton, also a current St. Mary’s Academy parent. This year’s keynote speaker was New York Times bestselling author Dr. Jane McGonigal and the student speaker was senior Ceirah McCauley, a tuition assistance recipient.
Food for Thought is St. Mary’s largest fundraiser in support of tuition assistance. Financial aid provided by St. Mary’s has increased more than 160 percent in the past decade. This year, 41 percent of students receive need-based aid, totaling nearly $1.4 million.”