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The Desmond Project

Business and classroom partnership


upcoming events

The 2024 Desmond Project is hosting the 29th annual Student Achiever's Banquet on Sunday, April 21st. 

About the Desmond Project... 

The Desmond Project is a unique business-oriented class, that connects Great Valley High School students with the Desmond Hotel Malvern, a DoubleTree by Hilton. The Desmond Project allows students to immerse themselves in real-world business environments while creating and promoting events as a team. Over the past 26 years, the Desmond Project has...

  • Raised over $550,000 overall

  • ​Donated money to numerous charities

  • Celebrated 1,800+ student achievers over the years

  • Directed and organized 100+ events

The Desmond Project allows for the students to learn real life business skills including: 

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Decision making 

  • Collaboration

  • Communication 

  • Time management

  • Networking

  • Consumer service 

  • Financial management 

  • Teamwork

  • Problem solving 

  • Data analysis

  • Marketing skills

Meet the Mentors 


Michael Chain, Jr.

Michael Chain, Jr. is the General Manager of the Desmond Hotel Malvern, a DoubleTree by Hilton located in Malvern, PA. 


Alexander Venarchik

Alex Venarchik is currently an Accounting and Personal Finance teacher at Great Valley High School. He is also the most recent advisor to the Desmond Project and leads our group both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Need more details? Contact us

We are here to assist. Contact us by phone or email Alex Venarchik (Class Advisor) at or 610-889-1900

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