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Legacy Gala, "A Beacon of Hope," raises over $445,000!
Posted 04/11/2017 04:31PM

Legacy Gala, which is the premier fundraising event for Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy, was held on April 8, 2017 at the Bayfront Convention Center. This year's Legacy Gala lived up to its theme, "A Beacon of Hope," with an astonishing 500 guests in attendance and over $445,000raised. Thank you to all our guests for making the Gala so successful.

The below alumni were honored at this prestigious event and inducted into the President's Hall of Fame as a result of their accomplishments and dedication to the mission. Two distinguished alumni were honored from Cathedral Prep- Rich Scolio `60 and Jack Freeman `72. While Donna Conkey Geiger `54and A.J. Dregalla Drexler `80were honored as the two distinguished alumnae from Villa Maria Academy.

The night was a first-class affair. Cathedral Prep students were dressed in tuxedos greeting the guests as well as helping as bid assistants for the mobile bidding throughout the silent auction. The Villa girls looked classy and stunning in their black cocktail dresses while also being bid assistants throughout the evening. The Cathedral Prep Jazz Band set the tone by providing the musical accompaniment for the evening. The representation at the Gala of the student body provides an opportunity for guests to meet current students and bond over the mission of Prep and Villa.

At the Gala, guests enjoyed different food stations and delectable desserts while bidding on over 150 items in the silent auction. The live auction boasted 16 items and featured opportunities such as a Luxury Suite in the Prep and Villa Events Center, a customized 2017 Jeep Patriot donated by Matt Clark `82 of Humes, tickets to the 51st Annual CMA's in Nashville, a once in lifetime trip to Rome, Italy, and tickets to the sold-out "Hamilton" Show in Chicago donated by Matt Sherr `99 VMA.

Thank you to Allburn Florists, most especially John `58 and Chris `81 Ehrman, for doing an amazing job transforming the room into a perfectly decorated Prep and Villa ballroom.

During this year's "Fund the Vision" portion of the live auction, the Tuition Angel Partners program was once again a huge success! Every donor to this program will be recognized at Prep and Villa with their name on a plaque in the main hallway of each campus. With the Dan `59 and Sallie Shipley Challenge every dollar raised was doubled during "Fund the Vision". Prep and Villa were able to raise over $110,000 for the Tuition Angel Partners program.

The proceeds from the auction will be used to keep Prep and Villa's tuition affordable for Erie families. The evening brought many Prep and Villa supporters together to celebrate and support the mission, all while having fun. Many thanks to the countless people who made the 2017 Legacy Gala such a tremendous success!

Please mark your calendar for April 14, 2018, the date for next year's Gala, and stay tuned for details for another exciting Legacy Gala!

For further information, contact Amy Oldach, Special Events Manager at or (814) 453-7737 ext. 2293.

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