For more information, contact Chief Advancement Officer Mike Fadelli '88.



Dear Serra Supporters, 

Each year since 2005, our Fund a Dream Scholarship Benefit has helped raise the additional funds necessary to ensure that all qualified applicants who dream of becoming a Serra Padre are afforded that opportunity. Since its inception, Serra's Fund a Dream event has raised more than $6 million.

Fund a Dream is a dynamic event that unites Serra’s alumni, current and past parents and friends of Serra to celebrate the school’s proud history and exciting future. This dinner social event is a fun-filled evening where keynote speakers have captivated the community with stories about their high school days, career highlights and philanthropic endeavors.

All proceeds from FUND A DREAM, generated by donations, cash gifts and TABLE SPONSORSHIPS, DIRECTLY SUPPORT THE Tuition Assistance Program.


Thank you to all of our 2023 Fund a Dream Supporters!

What an amazing evening!

Thank you to all of our generous donors!

Check out the photos here!

With your help, we can make a young man's dream of a Serra education come true!



2023 Keynote Speaker
San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Kevin Dunleavy '80

We are excited to welcome Dunleavy as our Keynote Speaker for the 2023 Fund a Dream. Judge Dunleavy was appointed to the bench in July of 2021 by Gov. Gavin Newsom to serve as Judge of the Superior Court of the state of California. He filled a vacancy when Judge Clifford Cretan retired. 

Dunleavy earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1988. Since then, he has had a successful career with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for 33 years.
Dunleavy served as Chief Assistant District Attorney and previously held the position of Senior Deputy District Attorney, serving as the Director of Recruitment and Development in the hiring and training of new lawyers. The first part of Dunleavy’s career focused on trial work, including multiple tours of trying homicides and serious felonies. 


Sgt. Phoenix O'Rourke '07

San Mateo Police Sgt. Phoenix O’Rourke ‘07 believes that the values derived from his four years at Serra have been fundamental to his growth as a man, a father and a police sergeant. His confidence, empathy and passion to serve his community were developed during his high school years at Serra. The opportunity to attend Serra had the power to determine the direction of his life.


Steve Petelo '97

Steve Petelo '97 said that his high school days were the most transformational years of his life. Learning to take risks and navigate life's ups and downs with the mentors, coaches and role models he was surrounding by at Serra propelled him to reach higher and accomplish more. Now with his doctorate, Petelo helps young men to embrace college and ditch delinquency.

Marquise Jones '08

Sacramento Firefighter Marquise Jones '08 believes that the community service he completed as a Serra High School student paved the way for him to dedicate his life to serving others. The life skills he learned as an adolescent at Serra helped to shape him into the man he is today -- a fierce leader on the front lines, ready to save lives and keep people safe.

Creighton Felise '15

Serra’s tuition assistance program helped Creighton Felise ‘15 attend Serra High School -- an opportunity he said changed the direction of his life. The consistent mentoring, community service and leadership Creighton experienced at Serra propelled him to seek a life of service, prompting him to join the ARMY. SGT Felise was the second squad leader for the First Platoon in Attack Company, 5th Battalion 20th Infantry Regiment. He thanks Serra for providing him with the resources to lead the way.

Sponsorship Levels

Dream Maker - $50,000

Two (2) VIP Tables for 10
Provides tuition assistance for two Serra students for one year

St. Serra - $25,000

One (1) VIP Table for 10
Provides tuition assistance for one Serra student for one year

Padre - $12,500

One (1) Padre Preferred Table for 10
Provides tuition assistance for one Serra student for one half year 

Gold - $6,250

One (1) Gold Table for 10
Provides tuition assistance for one Serra student for one quarter year

Blue - $3,000

One (1) Blue Table for 10
Provides a meal plan for one Serra student for one year

Brotherhood - $1,500

Four (4) seats to Fund a Dream 2023
Provides electronics, books and supplies for one Serra student for one year

Block S - $750

Two (2) seats to Fund a Dream 2023
Provides books and supplies for one Serra student for one semester

Dream Starter - $300

One (1) seat to Fund a Dream 2023
Covers a student activity fee for one Serra student for one year

Keeping the Dream Alive - $25 and up

All sponsors of $3,000 or above will receive recognition
on the website, event publications and at the event.

Thank you to our generous 2023 donors!


Jennifer and Ted Ullyot


Amy and Frank Caufield
Tammy and Thomas Kiely
Dr. Sujata Narayan and Dr. Sanjiv Narayan
Teresa and Patrick Shaughnessy
The Silk Family
Juliane and Robert J. Sullivan


Kristen and Chris Degnan
Elizabeth and Brian Dowd
The Drum Foundation
Susan and Stephen Gaddis


Angela M. Azem
Kay and Clyde E. Beffa, Jr. ‘63
Mary Ann and Jason Coloma
Robin Fox
Christopher M. Gomez ‘99
Susan and Bill Kenney ‘53
Yvonne and Niall McCarthy
Carrie and Robert Rice
Paul Roche
Caroline and Charlie F. Romeo
Theresa and Stephen Rutledge
Ayde and Daniel J. Vogl


Stephanie and Gary W. Christopherson ‘73
Catherine and Eric W. Dooley ‘02
Cindy and Kevin E. Dunleavy ‘80
Wendy and Eric Eger
Kathleen and Kevin D. Flynn ‘82
Robert J. Grassilli ‘66
Kirsten and Steffan Haithcox
Alison and Ralph Ho, Jr. ‘89
Roxanne Ivory and Tait Kirkham
Kelly and Kent Kockos
Tish Matulich and Larry Kollerer
Wendy and Robert McDowell
Mercy High School, Burlingame
Mary-K and Tony Musich ‘90
Notre Dame High School, Belmont
Andrea and Tim O’Riordan
Laura and Nicholas A. Severino
Aida and Louis Soto
Cheri and Burnie E. Sparks, Jr.
Taryn and Andrew Sutton
Shelby and Richard D. Van Doren, Jr. ‘95

Past Years Keynote Speakers

Name Year
Father Joe Bradley '73
Tom Brady, Sr.
Michael P. Callagy
Michael S. Collopy
Philip Monahan
Pam Frisella
William J. Justice
John A. Robinson
Thomas E. Brady
Richard J. Justice
Peter J. Barsocchini
William G. Keller
Lynn C. Swann
John T. Lescroart
James P. Fox
Ronald S. Longinotti