Gifts in Action

What does your donation do for Loyola Blakefield? Your contributions help fund important improvements to our classrooms, academic and co-curricular programs and campus life. Donations large and small help Loyola thrive in many ways. Gifts also help the school provide tuition assistance and scholarships for many students. By establishing or supporting an endowed or Greater Glory scholarship, you can help Loyola provide a quality, yet affordable education for a socio-economically and geographically diverse population.

The Power of your Gift...

When you make a gift to Loyola, it is an investment in the future of a young man, an investment in our community, and because our Dons are called by the spirit of St. Ignatius to extend themselves in service to the farthest corners of our world, your investment has a global impact. Your gift matters at Loyola and it delivers direct positive results to our Dons. It also fuels their success and continues a proud tradition of excellence at Blakefield.

 

A few recent highlights...


ROBOTICS
Loyola's Robotics program continued to thrive in its second year as the middle school team traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa during spring break to compete in the National CREATE Foundation Robotics competition. Last year, the team competed in the VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, CA after winning the Maryland State Championship. The success of this program has been directly fueled by the gifts of one generous alumnus.


FORENSICS

Loyola's storied Forensics program sent nine students to the National Catholic Forensic League's (NCFL) Grand National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, where sophomore Luke Scaletta finished 4th in his event (declamation) out of 221 students from across the country. Luke’s result was the best declamation finish in Loyola Forensics history. The previous record-holder was Matthew Demetrides '15, who finished in 5th place in 2012. Watch Luke's declamation of Harvey Milk's 1978 "Hope Speech" here.


CYBER SCIENCE
Loyola's Cyber Science program has grown to well-over 80 students since its inception in 2012. This year included several guest speakers on campus, a second consecutive Maryland Cyber Challenge championship, 1st place in Maryland for our middle school and high school teams in the Air Force Assocation CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, 2nd place in the CyberPatriot Presidents' Day Open, and a visit to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at Camp Fretterd in Reisterstown, where students had the opportunity to hear from several members on MEMA’s staff, participate in a tabletop discussion exercises, and tour the facility. This marked the first visit to a state agency for the program. Several students also had the opportunity to attend conferences and participate in panel discussions.


SERVICE
During the 2014-15 school year, seniors completed over 7,800 hours of service, while nearly 550 underclassmen served regularly at Blakehurst Retirement Community, Ridge Ruxton School, Our Daily Bread, St. Jerome’s Head Start, and Gribbin Center Adult Day Services.

 

ATHLETICS
During the 2015-16 school year, Loyola celebrated varsity MIAA "A" Conference championships in Cross Country, Soccer, Water Polo, Swimming, and Rugby and JV championships in Water Polo, Indoor Track, Swimming, Golf, Lacrosse, and Track & Field. Several student-athletes were named Athlete of the Week by local news outlets and selected for All-Conference teams. Ryan Conrad '15 was named The Baltimore Sun's Athlete of the Year.


BLUE & GOLD AUCTION
More than 600 members of the Loyola Blakefield community celebrated another successful Blue & Gold Auction with net proceeds of more than $450,000. Highlights of the evening included an exciting Live Auction where winning bidders purchased items such as a Taylor Swift VIP concert experience, five-star vacation in Sea Island, GA, flight lessons/pilot’s license from Middle River Aviation, and more. The Live Auction raised $71,000. Led by our auctioneer, Bill Menish, we also conducted a special “Fund-a-Need” at the conclusion of our program, which raised $81,000 for enhancements in the areas of health and wellness for our students. 


MOTHERS' CLUB PRAYER GARDEN
To honor the important role that mothers play in our community and in the lives of our Dons, a prayer garden, which includes a statue of Blessed Mother and Child, has been installed directly across from the statue of St. Ignatius.  On May 20, the prayer garden was blessed by Fr. Steggert and officially dedicated to the Mothers' Club. This new addition to campus came out of funds raised to support the Mothers' Club at this year's Blue & Gold Auction. Loyola Mothers’ Club has been active for nearly 80 years and has provided valuable services to the entire school community as well as annual gifts to the school that include investments in designated program areas or needs and support of an annual scholarship fund.