Prep Auction raises thousands of dollars to support students

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Prep Annual Auction may have looked a little different in 2020, however that didn't stop the Prep community from demonstrating its tremendous financial support for our school and our students.

For the first time in Prep history, the Auction was conducted as a one-hour live virtual event held on Saturday, Oct. 24. Normally held in the spring — and drawing hundreds of attendees — the Prep Auction was postponed due to the rising Coronavirus pandemic and bans on large gatherings.

Despite a change of venue and presentation, the auction — titled Prep Connects for a Purpose — still proved to be a massive success with more than $120,000 raised through both the silent auction bidding and the Fund a Future Scholarship Program. The event was livestreamed to Prep parents, alumni and friends who registered, and several Prep families were recognized in real time as they contributed to the Fund a Future program.

The auction consisted of live presentations emceed by President Christian J. Cashman, Principal Dr. Tommy de Quesada, and Directory of Diversity and Student Services Ruben Goodwin, as well as a series of videos showcasing Prep students and facilities.

“The Prep community’s generosity is never outdone," said President Christian J. Cashman. "The heroic support of our first Virtual Auction will bring immediate help to our students in need and support all the programs at Prep from academics, to co-curriclular athletics and clubs, to our essential Jesuit spiritual mission. We are profoundly grateful!”

“Although reinvented virtually, the Prep Community stepped up as they always do to make this event a success," said VP of Advancement Rob Cottle. "Thanks to their generosity we continue to support our boys and their families and our entire team is so grateful!”

Prep offers special thanks to its sponsors, benefactors, Prep families who held home gatherings, the Auction Committee and all the volunteers who made this event possible. We also especially recognize the work put into the auction by the Prep Office of Advancement, specifically Director of Alumni Relations Kathy Norell and Parent Fund Director Julie Pollard. View a full list of the credits here.

As we reflect on the tremendous generosity of the Prep community during the auction, we invite you to keep the momentum going and consider making a gift to Prep at

Here's a playlist of the videos shown during the auction and the auction pre-show.

View a photo gallery of the event by clicking the image below.


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