Posted October 18, 2018
News Release
Contact: Bill Heiser, President
Phone: (410) 727-3255
Email: bheiser@cristoreybalt.org
For Immediate Release

Baltimore, MD, October 18, 2018 – On the evening of October 17, 2018, more than 200 CEOs, philanthropists, and a veritable who’s-who of Baltimore society joined 70 high school seniors for dinner at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott. Their purpose at this event, called the Celebration for the Future, was to highlight the accomplishments of the students; young people from Upper Fells Point’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJ).

Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire, President of A&R Development, was also honored for her commitment to CRJ’s corporate internship program. The corporate internship is the school’s hallmark. Businesses pay CRJ a fee for students’ services, and the school uses that money to cover students’ tuition, providing access to a private school to students who would not otherwise be able to afford it. Since 2007 when the school opened, A&R Development has mentored 34 young people through the program.

In her remarks Rodgers Cheshire shared, “Cristo Rey’s young people will use these early professional experiences to ready themselves for the big work of business, community, political, and family leadership that lays in front of them. What an honor and privilege it is to do our part.”

Also present was George Bunting, Jr.. Bunting, a trustee of the school, was there to announce a $300,000 challenge grant. It was shared that he will make this gift of ten full, four year scholarships if others in the community commit to giving a total of 20 additional scholarships. At the event, he shared, “Cristo Rey is a game changer - making a difference for the young women and men who committed to this challenging academic and workplace program.”

Three of the school’s alumni shared their stories at the event. Antonio Banks ‘17, a college student, Guadalupe Sosa ‘14, a paralegal, and Uneeke Ferguson ‘13, a Baltimore City public school teacher all spoke about how their experience at CRJ inspired them to set big goals and give back to their community. In her remarks, Guadalupe said “Even though my classmates and I have accomplished great things in our professional careers, it wouldn’t be fair nor just to say it was all done on our own...thank you, Cristo Rey, for laying the foundation for our future.”

About Cristo Rey Jesuit High School: Founded in Baltimore in 2007, CRJ is a private, Catholic, co-educational high school empowering students to succeed in college, work, and life. The school partners with students from low-income families of racial, religious, and ethnic diversity in Baltimore City to provide a rigorous education and corporate work experience. Through CRJ’s hallmark Corporate Internship Program, students earn a portion of their tuition and, moreover, access the social capital and work experience they will need to succeed in the twenty-first century job market. To date, 100% of CRJ graduates have been accepted to college. For more information about Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, contact Bill Heiser, president, or visit www.cristoreybalt.org.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 420 S. Chester Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: 410.727.3255
Fax: 443.573.9897