Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Nazareth Guild’s ‘Celebration of Light’ packs McCarthey Center with supporters of Catholic education

by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the October 17, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

This year’s Liturgical Choir from St. Patrick School, Pasco, was joined by its alumni who are attending Gonzaga University to provide musical entertainment for this year’s Nazareth Guild “Celebration of Light” Gala. (IR photo by Moira Thornhill, courtesy of the Nazareth Guild)

The Nazareth Guild’s second annual “Celebration of Light” gala was held Saturday, Sept. 14, in Gonzaga University’s McCarthey Center.

The 600-seat event sold out once again, with some $230,000 pledged during the evening. More pledges are still coming in, according to Andy Robideaux, the diocese’s Director of Development who also serves as director of the Nazareth Guild.

Last year’s Gala brought in around $249,000 of the more than $786,000 raised by the Guild last year.

The pledges raised from the event will be distributed to Catholic schools of the diocese, said Robideaux.

As part of this celebration of Catholic education in Eastern Washington, three individuals were honored as “Champions of Catholic Education,” described by Robideaux as “those in our community who have shown a lifelong spirit and drive to further Catholic education in our diocese.”

Honored this year were Mike Trudeau, long-time teacher, administrator, and volunteer in Spokane Catholic schools; Nancy Roach, one of the founders of Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco; and Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University. The individuals were chosen by the Nazareth Guild Board. Honoring the individuals with the award gave them an opportunity “to get up there and tell the audience at the Gala that ‘this is why I gave my life to this,’” he said.

This year’s Gala was hosted by students from Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco, who greeted guests and passed the pledge baskets at the end of the evening. Two Tri-Cities Prep seniors served as masters of ceremony for the evening: Eric Powers and Payton Mercado.

Musical entertainment was provided by St. Patrick School in Pasco, with performances from the school’s present liturgical choir joined by liturgical choir alumni now attending Gonzaga University.

“The community stepped up” for this year’s Gala, said Robideaux, evidenced in part by the fact that around 300 people were attending for the first time.

The 2013 Gala also showed a sense of the Guild’s momentum, Robideaux said, capturing and maintaining the momentum created by last year’s event, and carrying that forward.

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