The Great Ignatian Challenge, a friendly Thanksgiving food drive competition between six Jesuit schools in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, came to an end at the end of November. The participating schools collected a whopping 102,000 pounds of food — the equivalent of over 51 tons of provisions.
When the Great Ignatian Challenge was announced in November, a donor – now revealed to be Jim Rowen – initially pledged up to $250,000 for tuition assistance to be divided among the schools based on the amount of food collected per student, but increased the contribution to $300,000 after witnessing the generosity from the six schools. Mr. Rowen, who is the former Board Chair at Fordham Prep, said he was inspired by the existing Thanksgiving food drives at each school.
The participating Jesuit high schools included Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, CT); Fordham Preparatory School (The Bronx); Loyola School (Manhattan); Regis High School (Manhattan), Saint Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ); and Xavier High School (Manhattan).