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Save the date! GAMBIT XLIX is March 23, 2024!

GAMBIT, Canisius' major fundraiser, has been thriving for 48 years due to the generosity of parents and alumni who have donated their time, talents and treasure to this annual event.

Your support of Canisius and GAMBIT helps us continue the mission of ensuring that every student has the transformational experience of a Canisius education.

GAMBIT is a year-round project spearheaded by Kelly Wilkens P'21, our director of special events, and our parent co-chairs. Feel free to stop by the GAMBIT office across from campus at 1193 Delaware Avenue.

What is GAMBIT?


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.


Smiles at 2023 GAMBIT XLVIII

GAMBIT XLVII: March 26, 2022