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The 1789 Challenge

Dear Members of the Georgetown Prep Community,

May is always a busy month at Georgetown Preparatory School. The campus is abuzz with the final weeks of class, AP Exams, and of course, the I.A.C. athletic playoffs. And the class of 2019 is getting ready for their Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation on May 24-25 − our 220th Commencement Exercises – and the challenges of college and life beyond Prep. We have much to be thankful for as we near the end of our 230th year of forming men for and with others.

While the academic year is winding down, the work of sustaining Georgetown Prep continues. Today, I write to introduce a new challenge to support the Georgetown Prep Annual Fund: The 1789 Challenge. The goal for this challenge is for 1,789 members of the School community to make a contribution to this year's Annual Fund by June 30, 2019.

All gifts support student achievement, scholarships and financial aid, and operating costs not met through tuition and fees; our tuition only covers two thirds of the cost of the outstanding educational opportunities we offer.

Last year, Georgetown Prep's alumni, current and past parents, and friends contributed over $625,000 from 1,650 individuals. This May and June, our goal is to surpass last year's 42% alumni and 70% parent participation, which would make the Georgetown Prep Annual Fund one of the most impressive among independent schools. And, with your help, we can reach our goal!

Visit this link to make a gift online.

If you have already contributed to this year's Annual Fund, on behalf of all of us at Georgetown Prep, I thank you for your continued support.

Georgetown Prep could not be the outstanding secondary institution it is without your generosity and support. As President, I see your generosity at work day in and day out in our classrooms, on our athletic fields, on the stage, in the Chapel, and in our service and retreat programs. It is a great grace in my Jesuit life. Thank you for all that you do and continue to do for Georgetown Prep. Through your goodness, John Carroll's 230-year-old vision is ever more fully realized at Georgetown Preparatory School.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. James R. Van Dyke, S.J.