GREENVILLE, S.C. — Students at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School have more ways to learn about faith, thanks to the Catholic Negro-American Mission Board.
The board recently awarded the school a grant to update and enhance the religious section of the new library. St. Anthony’s was one of 12 schools in the United States that received the grant. The library had been constructed last year as part of the new state-of-the-art building that replaced a crumbling 60-year-old structure.
In other news, members of the community put on their cowboy boots and opened their hearts for the school during the annual fundraising gala.
More than 550 parishioners and townspeople attended the country and western-themed event on Sept. 13 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. The night included dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions, as well as, of course, an abundance of cowboy hats.
“It was a wonderful evening,” noted Susan Cinquemani of the mission advancement team. “A popular live auction item going to two high bidders for $24,000 was dinner for four in the friary, prepared by David Phan, OFM, and Patrick Tuttle, OFM.”
The gala’s presenting sponsor, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital System, donated $20,000. More than $210,000 was raised in one night, said Patrick. All proceeds go directly to St. Anthony School and its students.
More information can be found on the school’s website and Facebook page. The parish is commemorating a 75th anniversary this year.
— Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.