CAMDEN, N.J. — The community of St. Anthony of Padua School here gathered last week for its third gala, raising nearly $20,000 to benefit the 50-year-old school.
“We were able to raise over $19,000, with 80 people in attendance at our annual gala on May 1,” said Lori Springer, development director for the past two years.
Camden Bishop Joseph Galante (shown in photo) was honored for his commitment to education in the inner city, added Springer, and for helping to ensure the future of Catholic education for the 153 children enrolled at St. Anthony, and all children of Camden.
Among the auction items that raised the most money were home-brewed ale by John J. Coughlin, OFM, of St. Anthony of Padua Church, and homemade Buffalo wings for a party of 10 by Jud Weiksnar, OFM, pastor.
The second- and third-grade choir performed “Hello to All the Children of the World,” and the sixth- and eighth-graders sang “We Are the World” and “Siyahamba.” Two students served as emcees.
In addition, said Springer, the school is now part of the Catholic School Partnership in Camden. “The goal of the CSP is to help these schools become sustainable so that they can continue to provide children with an excellent, Catholic education in a safe and welcoming environment that is affordable for families.”
News about the friars and the activities of the Camden parish can be found on the website of St. Anthony of Padua Church, which offers links to the school, the parish and Francis House.