New York Giants legends Eli Manning and Phil Simms headlined a St. Anthony High School fundraiser at Liberty House in Jersey City last night.
Manning, the number 1 pick in the 2004 draft and a two-time Super Bowl MVP, and Simms – another two-time Super Bowl champion who is now a sportscaster for CBS – signed autographs and took pictures during a VIP cocktail hour early in the evening.
While neither Manning or Simms grew up in the tri-state area, both attended catholic high schools in Louisiana and Kentucky, respectively.
Chad Broussard, the head of school at St. Anthony High School, explained how fundraisers such as the one last evening allow tuition to remain at $6,150, despite it actually costing the school about $14,000 per student.
Additionally, Broussard brushed off the notion St. Anthony was having a serious funding issue that could lead to the schoolâ€™s closure. He also added that the school aims to fund raise $1.5 to $1.8 million a year to keep everything running smoothly.
Finally, he explained that Simms has â€œbeen an anchor for a great support system at St. Anthonyâ€ as well as how Manning got involved this time around.
After playing a school hype video, legendary St. Anthony Head Basketball Coach Bob Hurley, who boasts 27 championships and over a 1,000 wins in his career, also spoke during the dinner portion of the evening.