Camden Parish Raises $10K at Gala

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CAMDEN, N.J. -– St. Anthony of Padua Church school here held its Second Annual Gala, welcoming approximately 100 people to the Oct.11 event.

The fundraiser, which included both silent and live auctions, garnered almost $10,000 for the school. Items auctioned included Buffalo wings to be made by pastor Jud Weiksnar, OFM, for a party of 10, and ales made by John Coughlin, OFM.

John opened the evening at Brigalia’s in Sicklerville, N.J., with a blessing, while Jud described the school and hopes and dreams for the future.

Principal Michael Healy shared his vision for the school year and his dream to see St. Anthony’s continue to minister to the community.  Healy is starting his second year at the school.

Emcees for the gala included teacher Karl Miller. St. Anthony graduates Jacquelyn and Daniel Cortes spoke about how St. Anthony School prepared them for life.

The parish’s children’s choir sang and performed liturgical dance. In addition, chhildren’s “trash art” was displayed.

“We had a great time, and for my first event here at St. Anthony’s, I think it went well,” said Development Director Lori Springer, who came aboard in June.

In other outreach activities, next month, Francis House, adjacent to St. Anthony, will serve Thanksgiving dinner to guests of the minstry for those affected by HIV-AIDS.

“Last year, the parish provided more than 200 meals for Thanksgiving,” Springer said.

An assortment of photos taken at the gala can be seen on the Web site of St. Anthony of Padua. Also provided are newspaper articles in which the parish is mentioned.

Shown in photo is Jud with Lisette Cabrera, a guest at the dinner.