Join us for our annual tuition assistance fundraiser!


Save the Date for St. Mary's Academy's 31st Annual
Food for Thought Luncheon Featuring Keynote Speaker
Ciara Pressler on the Topic "Own Your Values"

Tuition Assistance Luncheon

Wednesday, November 20, 2024 | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Hilton Portland Downtown

921 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97204





This year, in addition to our signature luncheon, we are hosting a VIP reception and meet & greet with our keynote speaker, Ciara Pressler in the brand-new Mary Shindler Boyle '67 Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Leadership.


VIP Reception

Tuesday, November 19, 2024 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Academy |
The Boyle Center
1615 SW 5th Ave., Portland, OR 97201


We are thrilled to offer both classic and new ways to support this year’s Food for Thought luncheon.

The sponsorship packet below includes information on all sponsorship levels and benefits. If you have questions, or need more information, please contact Paige Silverston, Director of Special Events,

Food for Thought Sponsorship Opportunities PDF



This year, St. Mary’s Academy will provide nearly $2 million in financial aid to 42% of our families. Now more than ever, these funds are critical to ensuring we can continue to provide an unmatched level of educational excellence to every young woman in the year ahead. Your support, at any level, supports the critical work of educating young women! 



Meet our Keynote Speaker Ciara Pressler, Founder of Pregame

Ciara Pressler is the founder of Pregame, a consulting industry disruptor that coaches innovators in business, nonprofit, and government on how to create their game plan and level up their team. The Pregame approach to professional development goes beyond buzzwords and short-term skillsets to teach people how to think strategically and act entrepreneurially.

When it comes to content, Ciara can’t stop/won’t stop: she’s the author of Game Plan: Achieve Your Goals in Life, Career, and Business and Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers; creator and host of web series Portland Tea Party, The Audience, and Work/Life on Digital Trends; and has published 100+ business articles in The Huffington Post and as editor of Pregame Magazine.

Pregame was born from Ciara’s first business, Pressler Collaborative, an NYC-based marketing and PR firm working with startups and creative professionals in arts and culture, entertainment, media, real estate, tech, finance, fitness, and beyond. Previously, Ciara led marketing and membership for Gen Art, a national organization supporting emerging artists in fashion, film, art, and music, with sponsors including Acura, American Express, Diageo, Equinox, New York magazine, Time Warner Cable, and many more.

Ciara Pressler will be sharing her approach to Own Your Values at our Food for Thought Luncheon on Wednesday, November 20th. Meet Ciara at the VIP Reception at SMA's new Boyle Center on Tuesday, November 19th.

Food for Thought, a St. Mary’s fundraising event, supports our mission of providing a Catholic, college-preparatory education to any young women who desires it, regardless of financial circumstances.

With the opening of The Boyle Center this fall, St. Mary’s is celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership across all our programming. Food for Thought 2024 will feature an inspiring keynote with local entrepreneur and business coach Ciara Pressler, a student testimonial, and opportunities to share our commitment to fostering the next generation of female leaders.