St. Mary’s Academy's signature fundraising events include the Blues Bridge Walk Student Fundraiser in the fall, the Food for Thought Tuition Assistance Luncheon in November and our spectacular annual auction. These events provide both elegant and fun avenues through which alumnae, parents, students and friends support our school. St. Mary’s is especially grateful for the many volunteers who tirelessly contribute their time, talents and treasures to make our fundraising events enjoyable for all.
St. Mary’s Academy Fundraising Events
- St. Mary's Academy Auction – The St. Mary’s Academy auction is our largest fundraising event of the year and a meaningful way for parents, alumnae, businesses and friends to support our school. Celebrating our 26th year, our goal is to raise $825,000 through the 2014 auction. St. Mary’s is Oregon’s oldest continuously operating secondary school, and the only single gender school in the state. A nationally recognized school of excellence, St. Mary’s is an established college-preparatory high school that prepares students to be tomorrow’s leaders. We hope to see you Saturday April 12, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center.
- Blues Bridge Walk – This St. Mary’s Academy annual fundraiser allows students to create a culture of philanthropy in their lives while supporting their school. Students collect donations, spread the word about why they love St. Mary’s, and participate in the culminating, three-mile Blues Bridge Walk over the Steel and Hawthorne bridges. Last year, more than $82,000 was raised for SMA programs thanks to the hard work of students and the generosity of parents, alumnae, and other SMA supporters.
- Food for Thought – Thank you for joining us at the 20th anniversary of our tuition assistance luncheon on Tuesday, November 12, at the Hilton Portland. This year was the most successful event on record. It featured keynote speaker Jane McGonigal, a New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned creator of alternate reality games, or games designed to solve real problems and improve real lives.
Food for Thought raises crucial funds for the 41 percent of our student body benefiting from need-based financial aid this year. We celebrated raising more than $5 million for tuition assistance through Food for Thought and raised record-breaking donations to ensure a St. Mary's Academy education remains accessible to all young women. You can help support tuition assistance by donating here.
- Party at the Post Office – Don’t miss the exclusive party of the year on Thursday, October 30, 2014! You will have a chance to get an insider’s view of the future of St. Mary’s Academy, celebrate the purchase of the “new block,” be the first to see what might be possible and be on the ground floor of creating the future of St. Mary's Academy! This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.