Saint Francis High School held a celebration to honor its supporters who are committed to the school’s mission of forming Holy Cross women and men for years to come.
The President’s Club Celebration in October featured music by student musicians and choir members and included a Mass and blessing for all the honorees who were inducted into the school’s lifetime giving societies. In addition, senior Elise Walker provided a student’s perspective, excitedly explaining to the guests how the classes and activities she is involved in are preparing her and her classmates to go out in the world as conscientious leaders eager to give back to society in new ways.
“The school will modernize, but the mission we know and love will stay the same — teaching students to develop their faith, pursue a love of learning, and being a force for good,” she said.
Several individuals from the community were recognized at the celebration. Claranne and Tim Long, parents of three graduates, received the Holy Cross Heritage Award, which honors distinguished benefactors who are involved leaders in the community. The Longs have contributed to financial aid and an endowment fund for faculty support and supported several school construction projects.
“Saint Francis was our partner in educating the hearts and minds of our three children, and we contribute to make Saint Francis the best it can be,” they said.
Another individual who received special recognition was Tony Mirenda ’78, who was honored with the St. André of Montreal Service Award. Tony, whose two children graduated from Saint Francis, serves on the school’s Endowment Committee and is a regular speaker during the Alumni Speaker Series, but he is most known for designing and building the sets for the annual spring musical. Tony says the desire to give back was a value that was instilled in him from his days as a Lancer.
“I hope to inspire others to give treasure and talent,” he said. “Sometimes it goes beyond writing checks. Giving back is what we should be doing.”
President Jason Curtis closed the evening by reaffirming how valuable the benefactors’ support is to the school’s mission.
“Every student that comes on campus will be known and loved, and we will care for them with zeal. That’s what we’re about, and you make that happen,” he said. “You are paving the road and allowing us to walk with our students.”