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In this, our 25th anniversary year, Cristo Rey has reimagined its academic programming and corporate work-study experience – an exciting and evolutionary undertaking. Thousands of students and their families have depended on our unique model to achieve their dream of being the first in their family to attend college. Today, Cristo Rey’s 2,191 alumni serve as  bicultural leaders throughout Chicago’s business and civic communities. Our students and alumni could not have achieved this level of success without your continuous belief in our mission.

¡VIVA! is Cristo Rey’s premier fundraising event that brings our entire community together to celebrate our student’s success and raise significant funds for Cristo Rey’s Annual Fund. While we can’t celebrate ¡VIVA! in person together this year, the need and our mission remain the same.

We invite you to ‘raise your paddle’ from home today.
Your gift will be matched by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.


What Cristo Rey means to the Class of 2021:

Give a gift this year and join us next year on Thursday, May 5 for ¡VIVA! 2022