Thanks to the generosity of the 450 guests who supported Boston Prep at this year’s Toast, we had our most successful event yet, raising over $205,000 to support Boston Prep’s rigorous academics, comprehensive ethics program, and robust support for students, families, and alumni.
The evening was highlighted by this year’s guest speakers, including Boston Prep mother Amelia Cheers and her son Mykel Cajuste, who together shared their story of partnership with the faculty at Boston Prep, working together as a team to enable Mykel to reach his goals. Ms. Cheers shared, "When I think of Boston Prep, I think of partnership. The teachers met Mykel where he was, made him feel good about himself, and helped him become an outspoken, responsive, and articulate young man. The school mirrored what I was doing and the young man I was raising Mykel to be at home." Mykel added his own reflections. "I remember times when teachers would stay at school late just to work with me. Teachers gave me the motivation to be the best student I could possibly be."
Alumnus Sharmarke Yusuf, now a successful student and President of the freshman class at Stonehill College, shared his story of teachers who would not give up on him despite significant behavioral and academic struggles. “That is the biggest thing I’m grateful for about Boston Prep. I had teachers that cared. My teachers could have—and probably should have—given up on me, but they refused to. And with their help, I figured it out. I learned from my mistakes, and I am thriving in college. I am Boston Prep.”
We are deeply grateful to all who joined us for the evening and supported the school through the silent and live auctions, sponsorship of teacher and student tickets, as well as supplemental donations.
Special thanks to our sponsors, including Contributing Sponsors Citizens Bank & MFS Investment Management; Supporting Sponsors AllianceBernstein and Ropes & Gray LLP; and Community Sponsors BlueHive, Charlesgate Realty, HR Knowledge, Insource Services, Inc., and W.T. Rich Company.