Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary School's violin ensemble welcomed guests as they entered the Rainbow Room for an evening of heart rendering performances at the 2008 ICSF Annual Dinner.
Award Dinner Raises Funds for Inner-City Schools, Spotlights Student Musicians

Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom was honored at Inner-City Scholarship Fund's Award Dinner November 17th at the scenic Rainbow Room, 60 stories above Rockefeller Plaza. 350 guests attended the 32nd annual event, raising $1.5 million for ICSF.

With panoramic views of the New York area as a backdrop, CNBC news anchor Maria Bartiromo presided over the evening's program which was accented with brilliant performances by students from our inner-city Catholic schools. Our honoree, Mr. Dauman enlisted three distinguished Co-Chairmen - James L. Dolan, President and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corp., Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone and Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC Universal - to assist him with fundraising and generating plenty of excitement for ICSF's mission.

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19th Annual Lawyers' Luncheon Is
a Tremendous Success


On October 22nd, over 400 attorneys marked our 19th Annual Lawyers' Luncheon at the Starlight Roof at the Waldorf Astoria. The event was a huge success raising nearly half a million dollars for inner-city Catholic schools.

His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan presented this year's honoree, Robert C. Sheehan, Esq., with the Saint Thomas More Award given annually to members of the legal profession who exemplify the virtues of St. Thomas: scholarship, leadership, loyalty to God, country and service. Mr. Sheehan, an Executive Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, attended with his wife Elizabeth and their two sons Will and Bob.

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Award Dinner Raises Funds for Inner-City Schools, Spotlights Student Musicians

19th Annual Lawyers' Luncheon Is a Tremendous Success

A Message from Our Executive Director

An Everlasting Gift - Be A Student's Friend Sponsors Laura and James Naughton

JOP Mentoring Tomorrow's Workforce and Showing Promise in 2009

An ICSF School on Center Stage: Saint Mark the Evangelist

Junior Committee Raises Funds for ICSF Students and Hosts Terrific Events

Inner-City Scholarship Fund Kids Go Green

Happenings at Our Schools


33rd Annual FRIENDS Gala
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
(new date)

Junior Committee Spring Event
Friday, April 24, 2009

Annual Award Dinner
Monday, December 7, 2009





A Message from Our Executive Director

Dear Friends,

At this time of year, we often reflect on the transitions in our lives and the promise of the New Year. We also pause to remember those who made a tangible contribution to our lives. This edition of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) newsletter is dedicated to our beloved friend and trustee Mr. John F. McGillicuddy, who was a founding member of ICSF's Board and someone who had a profound influence on New York City's Catholic schools and the children who attend them.

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An Everlasting Gift - Be A Student's Friend Sponsors
Laura and James Naughton


Just in time to begin the new school year, the Be A Student's Friend (BASF) program received heartwarming news. In response to an urgent appeal for new sponsorships, dedicated supporters Laura and James Naughton offered to sponsor all 148 students on the BASF waiting list.

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JOP Mentoring Tomorrow's Workforce and
Showing Promise in 2009


ICSF's Job Opportunities Program (JOP) will have a presence in New York City's workforce in 2009. JOP trains and mentors future graduates of Catholic inner-city schools. This year, in a series of Saturday workshops, 100 high-achieving high school juniors will learn invaluable career skills and new technology as they prepare for internships at various companies and organizations throughout New York City in the summer of 2009.

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An ICSF School on Center Stage: Saint Mark the Evangelist

It is an exciting year at Saint Mark the Evangelist School in central Harlem, a time filled with new programs and outstanding student achievement. New programs and outstanding student achievement at Saint Mark the Evangelist School in Harlem have ratcheted-up the energy and enthusiasm levels of its over 240 students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 8. Remarkably, StarAsia Smith, a seventh grader and a Be A Student's Friend (BASF) scholar, recently had her poetry published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School. StarAsia's accomplishment has coincided with a number of exciting curriculum changes.

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Junior Committee Raises Funds for ICSF Students
and Hosts Terrific Events


The Junior Committee continues to be a great boon to Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF). Through community service projects, tutoring sessions and other activities in coordination with four Catholic elementary schools in Manhattan, the Committee has since the beginning of the school year already worked with more than 200 ICSF boys and girls. During the fall and winter seasons, it held two successful fundraisers, organized fun-filled weekend field trips for students and sponsored a festive Christmas party.

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Inner-City Scholarship Fund Kids Go Green

Last August, 40 students from two Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) schools in East Harlem: Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary and Our Lady Queen of Angels - attended an ecology day camp at the Rye Nature Center. Located just 40 minutes north of New York City in Rye, this nature preserve, funded by The Friends of Rye Nature Center (FRNC), abounds with trees, animals, trails, and ponds. The kids were amazed to see that no matter where they looked - up, down, left, or right - they saw something green! Mary Julian, FRNC's President, and her family are long-time supporter of ICSF.

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Happenings at Our Schools

Elementary Schools

  • Saint Brigid School in Manhattan was selected to have its hand-bell ringers play during a Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. The students played a prelude, an offertory, and accompanied hymns.

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