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The future is bright with hope at St. Michael Special School because of the wonderful support of those who extend a hand to help our children. May God bless and keep our generous benefactors and friends who enable us to do what we love most, providing an outstanding Catholic education and experience to the special children of New Orleans.


"Helping kids through golf. It’s more than a mission. It’s our passion. Since 1958, the Fore!Kids Foundation has raised money to fund children’s service organizations through golf events - like the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Golf Ball Gala, a kids’ summer junior tour, and several charitable golf tournaments. In fact, as a 501(c)(3) corporation, Fore!Kids has raised nearly $23 million to date, providing healthcare, education, and hope for over 200,000 children each year. That’s passion for you."

Read more about the Fore!Kids Foundation.

“St. Michael Special School lives up to its description as an exceptional organization… with exceptional teachers, administrators, and students. My colleagues and I look forward to visiting the school every year during the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. It is a highlight of our time in New Orleans and brings us great joy.”

-Kristof Terryn, CEO for Zurich North America

Read more about Zurich and St. Michael.


The legacy and generosity of Oscar J. Tolmas continues through the Trust’s support of over 200 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust served as the lead sponsor for St. Michael’s 2018 fundraisers: Blue Rose Ball, Harbor Fest, and Chefs’ Charity. Additionally, the Trust has provided scholarship opportunities to students in Exploration Academy’s transition program and provided additional funds for two new vans to provide transportation to over 70 students each year.  

“St. Michael’s faculty provide a quality education to students with intellectual disabilities.  They not only provide the education but really care about the student.  This is why we support the students and the wonderful faculty at St. Michael.”  - Vincent J. Giardina, CPA, Trustee and Lisa N. Romano, CPA, Trustee

Read more about Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust

The Valero Energy Foundation -- a public charity and Valero's philanthropic arm -- funds nonprofit agencies that serve predominantly disadvantaged children and families. The Valero Energy Foundation has been a longtime supporter of St. Michael Special School.  Their annual donation helps to fund operating expenses as well as student scholarships.  

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The Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation has supported the mission of St. Michael many ways.  Mrs. Brandt donated a 2021 Toyota Corolla for a raffle to help with canceled fundraisers because of the COVID pandemic. The Brandt Family Foundation is also our lead sponsor for the 2021 Blue Rose Ball.  


St. Michael Special School, a cause dear to the heart of Chef Emeril Lagasse for over 20 years, received funds to renovate its Life Skills Academic Lab and Kitchen Classroom into the Emeril Culinary Center. In the bright new learning space, enhanced vocational training will increase independence and confidence in the students, who will develop the life skills necessary to become self-sufficient living on their own. The lab is outfitted with two apartment style kitchens as well as with professional cooking equipment.

Ground broke on this renovation on March 10, 2008 and construction was completed for Fall 2008. With an additional grant, ELF provided equipment and furnishings as well as guidance on creative culinary lessons and on additional programming needs. ELF also funded the renovation of the stage and sound system in the Jane Capella Silva Performing Arts Center, as well as pledged a donation for the new music room in our most recent Capital Campaign.

Read more about the Emeril Lagasse Foundation

St. Michael students are blessed by so many in the community who provide ongoing support. It is through their gracious generosity that our children are able to continue growing spiritually, academically, socially, and physically.

Special thanks to...

The Alario Family

Angel Wings Foundation

Baptist Community Ministries

Ann and Robert S. Boh Family Fund

Mr. and Mrs. David D. Dunlap

Ruth Fertel Foundation

GPOA Foundation

Harbor Bar and Grill

Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Eugenie & Joseph Jones Family Foundation

J. Edgar Monroe Foundation

Pro Bono Publico

Salmen Family Foundation

The Solomon Family

Uncles and Aunts of St. Michael