About a year ago, Cardinal Lacroix '75 said he wanted to establish a scholarship fund at Trinity High School to benefit students who might not otherwise be able to attend the school. Our chaplain Fr. Richard Dion, Yvan Lacroix '76, our development director Mr. Connell '90, our former campus minister Fr. Andrew Nelson and others worked very hard to plan the event since last spring. The event was held last night at Labelle Winery in Amherst and was a wonderful success. Many donors generously bought seats for teachers from Trinity to attend which meant a great deal to those who us who would not otherwise be able to attend. Ten students were also able to attend thanks to generous donors.
The evening began with a social followed by a delicious dinner of filet mignon or salmon (the filet mignon was wrapped in bacon, there is a God) and creme brûlée. Thankfully Mr. Carnevale didn't want his dessert so I had double!
The program consisted of a number of speakers, including Fr. Andrew, Mr. Sheehan '79 of our math department, Yvan, seminarian David Gagnon '11, and of course Cardinal Lacroix. Fr. Richard served as the master of ceremonies. All the talks were wonderful but Fr. Andrew and Mr. Sheehan brilliantly spoke about the value of Catholic education, both as teachers, alums, and in Mr. Sheehan's case, a guardian of a Catholic school student. Cardinal Lacroix was effusive in his praise of Trinity High School and the formation he received. In the end he announced that the dinner raised $43,000 ($45,000 a few minutes later as someone gave a check for $2,000). I am certain that number will rise even more.
It was a lovely evening and a real affirmation of the work we are doing here. There were a lot of big names and heavy hitters in the room and it was good to know they were hearing the good news of Trinity High School. We are so grateful to Cardinal Lacroix for lending his time, name, and effort to this scholarship. The Union Leader did a nice article on the event which you can read here.