Recent News from Matignon High School
Tradition of Excellence Gala Raises $230,000 in Student Aid
June 8, 2018
On Monday, May 15, 2018, members of the Matignon community, far and wide, gathered together at the Boston Marriott Hotel in Cambridge to celebrate Matignon High School's 4th Annual Tradition of Excellence Gala. Over the last four years, Matignon has been able to provide $1 million in financial aid to students and families, and a large portion of that is due to the funds raised at the gala. Reaching nearly $230,000, this year's gala was a huge success.
The night was hosted by two vibrant, student emcees, Jesse Kapstad '19 and Angelina Kemmett '18. The blessing was offered by Matignon alumna and President-Elect of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Sister Lee Hogan, CSJ '57. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, honorees, and community partners enjoyed a delicious meal over conversations about Matignon, past, present, and future. Headmaster Timothy Welsh offered words of inspiration and gratitude for the support of Matignon High School.
Remarks from Brandon May '18 brought the room to tears as he described his experience at Matignon and thanked donors for providing him with the opportunity to be able to engage in a diverse high school career as a member of the Drama Club and the Football team. He said, "Matignon’s motto is Expect Excellence and that motto goes for everyone from the amazing faculty and staff to the students alike. Matignon is truly a place where you grow bonds and relationships that you will cherish forever."
The evening concluded by honoring three distinguished members of the Matignon community. The Late Corporal Donald Curtin '62, USA was honored with the Green and Gold Legacy Award, which was accepted by his brother Bill Curtin P'89. Referencing the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, Always faithful, Bill Curtin commented that those words "best capture the spirit of the Matignon community and this event."
John Griffin Jr. '61 was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his dedication to Matignon and continued example of Good Conduct, Capacities, Fidelity, and Community - the pillars of Fr. Matignon's legacy. He reminisced about his time at Matignon and expressed his gratitude to the Sisters of St. Joseph.
It was a great pleasure and honor to have Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM, Cap. in attendance and to present him with the Cardinal Cushing Community Service Award. Cardinal O'Malley's dedication to Catholic schools and the greater community at large is the epitome of the values deeply held by Fr. Matignon.
Thank you to everyone who donated and gave their time to make this event as special as it was. And thank you for keeping the Tradition of Excellence at Matignon High School alive and well by supporting our students.
Click HERE to view photos from the evening.