Strengthen the Legacy

Written on 11/28/2023
Greg Guastavino

2023 Annual Appeal



"In these days as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child at Christmas, we remember the foundations of who we are. The gift of God's life in us. And for all of us who have the great blessing of being alumni of Monsignor Farell High School. That Foundation was strengthened by the way in which we learned to become the men God created us to be at 2900 Amboy Road."

- Bishop Edmund J. Whalen '76

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"I am fortunate to have witnessed firsthand the legacy of Monsignor Farrell High School being built in the early days of this great school. On this giving Tuesday, as we launch our Annual Appeal, I ask for your support in helping us to continue to Strengthen The Legacy."

- Larry Musanti | Principal

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"From the minute I walked onto this campus as a freshman 22 years ago, Monsignor Farrell High School has been a second home to me and my family. I love this place! Monsignor Farrell is more than a school to me, it's a family ....... It’s my team! The students, coaches, faculty, administration, alumni, and Farrell families, all of us are part of this great team."

- Rocco Del Priore '05 | Head Football Coach

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The Strengthen the Legacy campaign is a comprehensive fundraising initiative that does more than fund necessary capital projects to elevate Monsignor Farrell High School, it also funds most of the school’s annual fund needs.

The 2023 Annual Appeal is an appeal to our alumni and Monsignor Farrell families to join together to strengthen the legacy of Monsignor Farrell High School by providing financial support to address the needs of today as well as build the foundation for a stronger future.


Ways to Donate:


One-Time Gift or Recurring Gift of Any Amount

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Venmo

 

 

Give a one-time gift or a monthly, quarterly, or annually recurring gift by credit card.  If you prefer, you can also use the donation form to give a gift by credit card or check.  One-time or recurring gifts can be made in any amount. *Venmo cannot be used to make an automatically recurring gift.

To give your gift by check, please download the donation form.  Please make checks out to the Vir Fidelis Fund.


 


Leadership Gift

Make a Pledge

 

Leadership gifts can be made annually or quarterly over 5 years.  

The Leadership Levels are:

• Vir Fidelis Club ($1m)

• Monsignor Farrell Club ($500k) • Chairman’s Club ($250k) • President’s Club ($125k)

• Principal’s Club ($100k)  • Lions Club ($50k) • Gold Club ($25k)

• Maroon Club ($10k) • The Cornerstone Club ($5k) • Elective (Any Amount > $5k)


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Strength In Numbers $15/Month Recurring Gift 


$15 Recurring Gift

 

 

A $15/month recurring gift from just one-fifth of our 14,000 alumni generates over $1 million through the end of the Strengthen the Legacy Capital Campaign. What seems to be a modest amount can become a significant resource when there is Strength in Numbers.

For the cost of a pizza or a monthly subscription to a streaming service, you can make a meaningful impact on the lives of countless current and future Faithful Men. Every dollar (or every fifteen dollars!) truly makes a monumental impact on the legacy of Monsignor Farrell High School.


 



Our Plan

Establish a sound and sustainable operational foundation by driving significant enrollment growth and implementing reasonable tuition increases, to be accomplished through investment in the facility, programs, and an endowment fund to support tuition assistance initiatives.


Our Progress

As a result of the Strengthen the Legacy Capital Campaign raising $7 million dollars in cash and pledges, over $4.5 million has already been invested into the facility, technology, and programs in the past three years.

We have constructed all-new,  modern science labs, two award-winning facilities (the Brother Henry S. Wright Learning Commons and the Performance & Wellness Center), as well as the Business and Finance Center equipped with Bloomberg terminals, which was the first of its kind in any Staten Island high school.

Significant increases in enrollment have accompanied the investments, demonstrated by the Classes of 2026 and 2027 which were approximately 25% larger in total than the previous two incoming classes. The Class of 2026 was the largest incoming class in over a decade, and the Class of 2027 was a very close second.  All of this was accomplished while maintaining Monsignor Farrell’s standard of academic excellence.

The combination of higher enrollment and tuition increases has put us on track to significantly “narrow the gap” between the cost of educating each student and tuition charged.​


Your Donations at Work

​The 5-year, $12 million “Strengthen the Legacy” capital campaign is transforming Monsignor Farrell High School with investments in new technology, facility modernization, endowment building, and scholarship.

 “It is a very exciting time here at Monsignor Farrell. The incredible support we have received from our alumni and parent donors has allowed us to make significant investments in our faithful men - the students of Monsignor Farrell High School.”  - Lou Tobacco '90, President

Pictured below are projects completed between 2020 - 2022.  The Business & Finance Institute (top left), the Performance & Wellness Center (top right), the Brother Henry S. Wright Learning Commons (middle left), the renovation of three science labs & suites (middle right, bottom left), and the lease of Lenovo Dual Laptop/Tablets for all students and faculty (bottom right).

Donations to the campaign have also allowed us to add the latest SMART Board technology and whiteboards to all classrooms and renovate and modernize all student restrooms.



The Brother Henry S. Wright Learning Commons

Awarded for Outstanding Design - Interior Renovation by SchoolDesigns.com



Designed by architect Dave Businelli '83 of Studio 16 Architecture, the 3,600 sq. ft. Brother Henry S. Wright Learning Commons was built in the footprint of the old library and has received numerous awards for its design.

Completed in September 2020, the learning commons offers comfortable furniture for both individual and group study, modular furnishings that allow faculty, staff, and students to customize the environment to suit their needs, access to research networks, SMART Board technology, as well as the NanaWall folding glass partitions that allow the learning commons to be converted into one large space, or broken down into smaller rooms.

The learning commons, named in memory of beloved long-time faculty member Brother Henry S. Wright, is also home to our Writing Studio and Center for Learning and Academic Wellness.

It is also the site for many guest lectures, including our Visiting Professor Lecture Series, conferences, and meetings, both in-person and virtual.



The Performance & Wellness Center



Monsignor Farrell High School officially opened our new Performance & Wellness Center on Friday, April 29th, 2021.

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The Business & Finance Institute



The First of Its Kind at Any High School on Staten Island

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New Science/STEM Labs and Suites 

All new state-of-the-art biology, chemistry, and earth science/physics labs and suites provide our Faithful Men with the tools they need to succeed.  This equipment includes our own water testing facility (part of our new marine biology society) and the Anatomage virtual dissection table (pictured below), which is used by top medical schools across the country.