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An avid chess player recognizes the term "GAMBIT" as a strategic move whereby a pawn is sacrificed for a larger gain, namely, for an advantageous position on the board.

Members of the Canisius High School community, avid in their mission to ensure and to enhance the opportunities for the success of young "Men for Others," likewise recognize the term as a means to gain strategic advantage for the students of Canisius.

The sacrifices you make to support GAMBIT benefit our mission and our continued commitment to serve young men, intellectually, morally and spiritually, in the life-changing and profound experience of a Jesuit education.

In short, you help to secure for our students an "advantageous position" both within the school and beyond.

Thank you to all who attended the 44th annual GAMBIT on April 21, 2018! You are "Men and Women for Others."




GAMBIT XLIV had four co-chair couples – Bill and Patti Lawley, Michael and Kirsten Lawley, Russ and Amy Brandon and TJ and Diane Revelas. We are grateful to them for their volunteer leadership.


We are thankful for our sponsors.


Get Involved

Volunteer on a committee, donate a gift, be a sponsor on behalf of your company or family, attend a gift gathering party, attend or volunteer the night of the event. There are volunteer opportunities for everyone! Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents and enjoy the Canisius experience.


Canisius Art

Celebrate the high school with a work of art created with photographs of Canisius High School's buildings, statues and architectural details. Proceeds support Canisius students through GAMBIT.




Honoring Fr. Sams...

We launchED a new scholarship in honor of the late Fr. Ronald Sams, S.J. '46 at GAMBIT XLIV. Fr. Sams helped establish GAMBIT because he believed in the mission of Canisius. Now the Fr. Ronald W. Sams, S.J. '46 AMDG Scholarship will help more deserving young men have access to a quality Jesuit education.

You can still contribute to the Fr. Sams scholarship, please click the button below and choose the Fr. Sams scholarship under "designation."