The Catholic University of America

Nov. 14, 2007

CUA Students Raise $5,000 for Catholic School in Brookland

Campus Minister Michael McHugh, a senior theology major, and CUA Provost James Brennan present Rev. Fred Close, pastor of St. Anthony, and Bill Eager, school principal, with a check for more than $5,000.

Nine Catholic University student ministers were greeted with hugs and high-fives when they visited St. Anthony Catholic School in nearby Brookland on Nov. 14. The students arrived in the school's library with CUA Provost James Brennan to present a check for more than $5,000, which was raised at the annual Red and Black HoCo Charity Ball Oct. 19 during Homecoming Weekend. The money will go toward St. Anthony's scholarship fund.

More than 250 students attended the dance. Money was raised through admission tickets and the sale of donated raffle prizes. Aramark provided the food and beverages served at the event at no cost so that all the proceeds could go to the school, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

CUA has a longtime connection with St. Anthony through DC Reads, a partnership with the Department of Education that enables education majors to observe teaching at the school. In addition, CUA Assistant Professor Rev. Donald Heet, O.S.F.S., has his scripture students prepare homilies for children that they deliver at the school.

"We do quite a few things with CUA, and I would like to do more," said Bill Eager, principal of St. Anthony. "I know students here [at St. Anthony's] are going to be graduates of Catholic University and we're very proud of that." Eager and his wife attended the ball at CUA on Oct. 19.