Saint Francis High School Launches $100 Million Light the Way Fundraising Campaign
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September 20, 2021
Saint Francis High School launches $100 million Light the Way
Donors Anthony Schiller and Moira Lion ’07 commit $5 million
leadership gift at launch event
(MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA) – Saint Francis High School kicked off a $100 million comprehensive fundraising campaign on September 17 with an on-campus, outdoor evening event recognizing early donors to the campaign and previewing an ambitious set of capital projects the campaign will support.
School president Jason Curtis previewed the campaign for nearly 300 attendees, stating that “This campaign will provide essential resources to students and educators at Saint Francis, while ensuring our campus facilities continue to support innovation, creativity and collaboration. Light the Way references the inspiring legacy of the Brothers of Holy Cross and the school community they established here at Saint Francis, while pointing to a bright future for many generations of Lancer families.”
Newly released renderings depicting an innovation center and dining commons complex were shown at the event, representing a $60 million construction project that forms the majority of the campaign’s fundraising goals. Demolition of the former Dujarié Hall and Malcom Center (300 building) make room for the new innovation center and dining commons. Once finished, construction on the next phase will expand the scope of the project to include a welcome center. Additional goals target enhanced support for students and investments in educator excellence, including innovative teaching practices, recruitment and retention, and the latest teaching aids and classroom equipment.
A highlight of the evening was the surprise announcement of a $5 million pledge from a local couple, Anthony Schiller and Moira Lion. Lion is a 2007 graduate of Saint Francis, one of three siblings to have graduated from the school. She is an intellectual property attorney with Fenwick & West, LLP in Mountain View. Schiller is co-founder and co-managing director of Green Bay Ventures, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Their gift will support prospective students and teachers at Saint Francis by establishing a permanent endowment to fund educational and professional development programs.
“One of the great pleasures of the work we do is getting to know people who care deeply about Saint Francis and about people, and who want to make a difference,” said Paul Lanning, the school’s chief advancement officer. “Moira and Anthony will no doubt serve as an inspiration for others both now and for years to come.”
About Saint Francis High School
Founded in 1955 by the Brothers of Holy Cross, Saint Francis High School is a leading co-educational, diverse, Catholic, college preparatory school focused on educating the whole person. With a proven reputation for excellence in academics, athletics and the arts, 117 faculty members prepare approximately 1750 Saint Francis students for the rigors of college and the challenges of global citizenship in the enduring Holy Cross tradition. Saint Francis offers 120 courses in a traditional college preparatory curriculum spread across nine academic departments. Graduating students attend the finest colleges and universities in the nation with 97% of the 2021 graduates admitted to a four-year university. Saint Francis is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, the College Board and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors. Located in Mountain View, California, Saint Francis High School is approximately 35 miles south of San Francisco. For more information, visit www.sfhs.com.
About Light the Way
Light the Way: Advancing Saint Francis High School is the new comprehensive fundraising campaign. Launched in the fall of 2021, this multi-year, $100 million campaign will ensure Saint Francis students and educators have the tools and resources they need to make a transformative impact. Funds raised will go towards modern facilities for learning, educational excellence and tuition assistance endowment. For more information visit www.sfhs.com/light.
Jamie Perkins, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications
650-968-1213 ext. 318
Michele Tjin, Marketing & Communications Editor
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