Alumni, parents, supporters and guests attended last week's President's Council Dinner to celebrate their consistent financial support of Xavier High School and to meet members of the Xavier staff and administration - both present and past.
The five living Xavier presidents (past and present) at
the President's Council Dinner: pictured (l.-r.) Fr. James
Keenan, S.J., Fr. Daniel Gatti, S.J., Jack Raslowsky, Fr.
Kenneth Boller, S.J., Fr. Patrick Sullivan, S.J.
All four living past Xavier presidents joined Jack Raslowsky, current Xavier president, for a very special photo opportunity during the evening's cocktail hour. The occasion marked the first time all five individuals had gathered at the same space and time. The past presidents were acknowledged during the dinner program and valiantly gave their rendition of "Sons of Xavier" to close the evening.
In attendance were close to 175 guests, ranging from some of the newest current parents to the oldest alum present, James Audino '40.
At the event, Xavier President Jack Raslowsky highlighted the breadth and depth of Xavier donors who are committed to excellence on 16th Street. Mr. Raslowsky mentioned the prize-winning essay written by freshman Isaiah Salvador '14
, and spoke about his own experiences growing together with the students and staff who volunteered the past summer at First Fruits Farm as part of the Companions of St. Francis Xavier (CFX) service trip
"It continues to be a great honor and blessing for me to share in these - and countless other - stories of Xavier," Mr. Raslowsky said. "On behalf of the 1040 students, our board chair Rich Nolan, Esq. '83, the rector of the Jesuit Community, Fr. Jeff Chojnacki, S.J., my partner in the daily working of the school, Mr. Michael LiVigni, our headmaster, thank you for all you do for Xavier and, please, continue to live and tell our story."