Posted April 03, 2019

Baltimore, MD, April 2, 2019
– On the evening of March 29, 2019, more than 360 business leaders, philanthropists, and Baltimore-area professionals gathered at the American Visionary Art Museum for a comedy show. Though the mood was lively and fun, the purpose behind the event, called Stand Up for Students, was serious. 
Headline sponsor Dragone Realty Investments, along with advocate sponsor Chesapeake Urology & the Jane and Sanford Siegel Family Scholarship Fund, plus additional corporate and individual sponsors (listed below) were there to raise critical funds for students at local high school, Cristo Rey Jesuit. One-hundred percent of Cristo Rey’s students are from Baltimore City families who would not otherwise be able to afford a private, college-preparatory education. This event annually fills a critical gap in the school’s budget.

By the end of the evening on Friday, guests and sponsors had raised a net total of $185,000 – a record for the event. An impressive $52,000 was raised in outright donations alone, when guests stepped forward to offer gifts to cover scholarships, job-training, college trips, and other essentials to the young people at Cristo Rey.

Four seniors at the high school – Alex, Jerry, Jonathan, and Shamira – opened the event by sharing stories about grit and persistence. Every student in their graduating class has been accepted into college.

Bob Ihle also stood onstage alongside his wife, Kara, and Rich and Nichole Taylor to share why they decided to serve as Stand Up for Students event chairs. He said, “we’re here because we believe deeply in the Cristo Rey model…it’s an innovative solution.”

Local comedians Ty Davis and Jason Weems performed live comedy sets to close out the event.

Stand Up for Students $1,000+ Event Sponsors: Headline: Dragone Realty Investments; Advocate: Chesapeake Urology and the Jane and Sanford Siegel Family Scholarship Fund; Emcee: Baker Donelson, The Bozzuto Group, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group/ KELLY Payroll, M&T Bank, Merritt Companies, Mid-Atlantic Properties, RCM&D, Stifel Nicolaus & Company Inc., Mike and Sheila Muldowney, The Taylor and Ihle Families, Transamerica, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; One Liner: Baltimore Magazine, Baltimore Ravens, Campbell & Company, Continental Realty Corporation, Phil and Victoria Gerdes of Long & Foster Real Estate| Christie’s International, Hartman Executive Advisors, Loyola University of Maryland, McCormick, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Von Paris Moving and Storage, Zinnia Films Inc.; Punchline: AJ Stationers, ATAPCO, The Boddiford-Koras Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, Tim and Sheila Bolte, BuildingPoint NorthEast, Capital Funding Group, Caviar and Cupcakes, Century Engineering, Chesapeake Employers Insurance, CNA Insurance, The Columbia Bank, Communications Electronics, Connelly & Associates Fundraising LLC, Correct Rx Pharmacy Services Inc., The DeSantis Family, DEX Imaging, Flowers & Fancies, Goetze’s Candy Co., The Golden Bear Inc., It's Today Media, J. Burke Catering, Mason & Carter Inc., McDonogh School, Sean & Colleen McElroy, Mechanical Engineering and Construction Corporation, MedStar Health, National Lumber Company, PrimeLending, PSA Insurance & Financial, PwC, Ratcliffe Architects, Rancho Santana, Rochlin, Settleman & Dobres, PA, Rosedale Federal, Rydz, Dave and Kristin Schiminger, Sheppard Pratt Health System, St. Thomas More Society of Maryland, Swag Dog, T. Rowe Price, UBS Financial Services, Year Up
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 420 S. Chester Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: 410.727.3255
Fax: 443.573.9897