Day of Giving Results
On May 16, the Roman Catholic High School community came together on this annual day of philanthropy and raised $151,237 from 758 donors! Every donation given, regardless of size, will make a positive impact on our current and future students. From all of us at Roman, especially our young men, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
If you did not get the chance to be a part of the Day of Giving but would still like to show your support and be included in this year's annual report, please consider donating to the Roman Fund by clicking on the "Give Now" button below. Our fiscal year ends on June 30. Thank you for your support of Catholic High!
Finally, please mark your calendar for Friday, June 16 for the fourth annual Day of Gratitude, held in honor of all our donors. That is the day that #CAHILLITESGIVETHANKS.
2023 Day at the Bay Alumni Gathering: Tickets Are Now Available!
Tickets for the 30th annual Day at the Bay Alumni Gathering on Saturday, August 12 in North Wildwood, NJ are now available for purchase! All proceeds from this event will benefit the students of Roman Catholic High School.
This event will feature live music, games (including cornhole), food and drink specials, and of course the signature drink, "Cahill Light," brewed at Wissahickon Brewing Co. The Brewing Co. is owned and operated by the Gill Family: Tim and Lisa and their sons, Roman alums Tim Jr. '04, Luke '09, and Pete '12, and their sister Megan.
To purchase tickets, please click here or on the image below. If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Taylor '12 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Dan Joyce: Roman's New Senior Development Officer
On May 22, we welcomed Dan Joyce to Broad & Vine as the new Senior Development Officer. In this role, Dan will work directly with our community members to further their philanthropic connection to Catholic High. "Dan's extensive experience building genuine relationships with donors and inspiring significant support undoubtedly makes him a strong addition to our team," said John Prendergast '08, Executive Director of Mission Advancement. "Not to mention, Dan's team-first, collaborative approach and wonderfully affable disposition make him a particularly good fit to join our Roman family. I am confident that our entire community will enjoy working with Dan." Please read the following welcome message from Dan:
Dear Members of the Roman Community,
It is with delight that I join with you, the many alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of Roman Catholic High School, as the newest member of the Roman family. I have been a (mostly) lifelong Philadelphian who has encountered members of the Roman community both professionally and personally over many years. Some of my family members have traveled from Roxborough, South Philadelphia, and neighborhoods in and outside the city to grace these halls.
Like many of you, I am a product of Catholic Education. I attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish School in South Philadelphia before graduating from St. Joseph's Prep. I then traveled west to obtain an undergraduate business degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and in my time since returning to my hometown, I completed a graduate degree in business communication from La Salle University.
Prior to my arrival at Broad & Vine, I spent 17 years at La Salle University in a variety of Development leadership roles. I am keenly aware of the financial support that our schools require to sustain and enhance a quality educational experience in the 21st century. As a Philadelphian, I am drawn to the mission of this proud school, educating young men of today in a tradition of excellence.
I am thankful for the opportunity to join the Development team at this critical time. Investments today in scholarships, state-of-the art programs, and capital improvements here at Roman Catholic will lead to long-term vitality for an alma mater that will continue to be recognized for its importance in the Philadelphia community. I look forward to meeting many of you and I thank you for your continued generosity.
HWZ Memorial Golf Outing Recap
On Monday, April 24, the Alumni Association hosted the 12th Annual Henry W. Zakrzewski Memorial Golf Outing at the Five Ponds Golf Club in Warminster, PA and we are thrilled to report that it was a great success! Over 150 friends, family, and alumni gathered on the crisp spring morning to raise a total of $28,280, all proceeds of which will directly benefit our students.
Thank you in particular to Joe Zakrzewski '75, Paul Zakrzewski '87, and the entire Zakrzewski family for their support of the event.
2023 Essay Contest
The McCloskey-Kubiak Foundation is proudly named after and in memory of Sean McCloskey and Michael Kubiak, both of whom had their lives cut tragically short by suicide. This year's essay contest is now open and the deadline to submit an essay is next Wednesday, May 31.
The foundation awards scholarships to students in select Catholic high schools in Philadelphia. Every year for the past five years, the Foundation has awarded a $2,500 scholarship to two students in Kub and Sean's name. The awardees are selected from a pool of essays which are written on topics dealing with suicide prevention.
This $2,500 scholarship is open to all students (freshmen, sophomore, and juniors) currently enrolled in Roman Catholic High School, Mercy Career & Technical High School, and Sts. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School.
For more information about this year's essay contest, please click here.
Support Roman Businesses!
Remember that there are dozens of small businesses in the Philadelphia region that are owned and operated by alumni, friends, and family of Catholic High. Next time you are looking for restaurants, professional services, home services, and retail options, consider supporting a fellow Roman business! See the full list by clicking here.
Save the date for the following Roman Reunion!
Class of 1973 - 50th Reunion
Saturday, October 14, 2023
8030 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
For more reunion details and registration, click here and keep up with Roman's social media.
The Roman Arena Podcast
If you haven't tuned in to the Roman Arena podcast yet, there are now 18 episodes you are missing out on! In the latest episode, released in early April, seniors Michael Gedraitis and Jason Truong interview Dr. Brooke Tesche, the new Superintendent for Secondary Schools and Schools of Special Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
You can listen to the Roman Arena on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Please consider making a gift to the Roman Fund today to support our students! You can give online by clicking the "Give Now" button below, or Venmo your gift to @RomanCatholicHS.
Thank you for your generosity!
There are several additional ways to support Roman:
Bequest: Leave money to support Roman and its students in your will with the flexibility to update your will if life circumstances change.
Beneficiary designation: Provides increased flexibility over a will by using life insurance policies, IRAs, and retirement plans. By making Roman the beneficiary of your IRA, you protect your heirs from one of the most heavily taxed portions of your estate as neither you nor your heirs will be liable for income taxes once the assets are distributed to Roman.
Stocks or appreciated assets: Donate securities to Roman which allows you to both preserve cash flow and eliminate capital gains tax on the transfer.
Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from IRA: Are you age 70.5 or older? Give up to $100,000 per year from your IRA to Roman without paying income taxes on the distribution. This allows you to use the gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year.
To learn more or if you have questions, contact John Prendergast '08, Executive Director of Mission Advancement, at email@example.com or 215-627-5487 ext. 204.
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