Annual golf tournament a big success

Annual golf tournament a big success

This is the ninth year we’ve hosted our annual golf tournament, the Nativity Prep Golf Classic, and this year’s event was a great success, earning close to $400K to support scholarship costs for our 64 middle school students. Many thanks to Sudberry Properties, this year’s title sponsor, for making the event possible.

More than 130 golfers participated in this year’s tournament, which took place in mid-September at Coronado Golf Course, the third year that we’ve hosted the annual golf fundraiser there. (For the first six years, the event took place at Maderas Country Club in Poway.)

“The Coronado venue is perfect,” said one of this year’s participants. “The heat in Poway this time of year and the difficulty of the course (Maderas) made it difficult to keep coming back. I’ll keep playing in this event (at Coronado) as long as I can to help the school.”

Nativity students attend the golf tournament each year to extend a personal thank you to the golfers and volunteers.
Nativity students attend the golf tournament each year to extend a personal thank you to the golfers and volunteers.

Our event each year features an after-golf dinner and reception, with a short presentation designed to communicate the unique mission and ongoing success of our special school.

“Our community of benefactors and volunteers continue to make this event a lot of fun,” said Mrs. Del Centanni, Nativity’s Director of Development. “We are so grateful to our supporters…because of their generosity, our annual fundraising goal (of $1.2M) becomes a lot more realistic.”

This year, two of our graduates spoke briefly about their gratitude for all that Nativity has done for them. One of the graduates, a senior at Saint Augustine High School (SAHS), hopes to earn admission to a four-year college next year.

“I am working hard to keep my grades up and to get involved outside the classroom,” said Richie C., a senior in SAHS’s Class of 2014. “The values of hard work and respect that I learned at Nativity have helped me a great deal throughout high school and will continue to help me as I begin college.”

To qualify for admission to Nativity, all student candidates must come from families that qualify for free or reduced lunch, and each must be the first or among the first in their families to attend college.

“Our whole mission focuses day in and day out on helping our families break the cycle of poverty through education,” says Mr. Brendan Sullivan, Nativity’s president. “Our community believes wholeheartedly in the personal transformation that a Nativity education provides for its low-income students—intellectually, socially, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We know that an excellent education at the middle school level is an essential part of living a full life and having a career where our students can realize their dreams and be persons for others by giving back.”

Families contribute $25 a month to support the per-student scholarship cost of more than $13,000 each year. The majority of our funding each year, however, comes from our very generous community of benefactors and from corporate and foundation grants.

Nativity receives no federal, state, or diocesan funding. We rely on the generosity of friends like you. If you would like to sponsor a student or a graduate, or if you would like more information about doing so, please click here.