This year Altus Academy hosted their 2nd annual “Against All Odds” benefit at the Ukrainian Cultural Center on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The event raised more than $140,000 including the Foglia Family Foundation’s dollar for dollar match. Almost 12 full scholarships were raised to provide high quality, college trajectory private education, at no cost to their families.

Guests were greeted by jazz duo Michel Domingue and Bong PeƱera and later a special treat of student musicians who played a few songs to start the evening off. The theme this year was “we heART altus,” a showcase and silent auction of student artwork. Students collaborated to create many beautiful art pieces.

The evening program began with a video about Altus Academy and the reason why John Heybach, President, and Felipe Mejia, Principal, formed the academy. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The energy and excitement built up a vast amount of support; and enthusiasm emerged from the crowd.

The evening concluded with a Fund-A-Need campaign, which raised two full scholarships in 5 minutes, and matched for a total of 4 scholarships. Many new friends of Altus were raised and look forward to visiting Altus Academy in the near future.