On Thursday, September 7th, St. Charles Preparatory School hosted a series of memorable activities built around the theme of “Honoring Those Who Have Served.” It especially recognized its own alumni who have given of themselves through one of the five branches of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard) or as a First Responder (in law enforcement, as a firefighter and/or EMS personnel).
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A “thread” drawing them all these events together was special guest, Major Dan Rooney, a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force and founder of The Folds of Freedom Foundation. He shared his own inspiring story of service on the behalf of others and reaching your dreams at an afternoon assembly with the students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends — as well as to more than 640 who attended a dinner later that night.
Early in the afternoon the school hosted an assembly that sought to express its profound appreciation and thanks for the service and sacrifice made by its alumni “Who Have Served.” Letters, e-mails and website post invited alumni to help the school identify any of its graduates — going back to its first class in 1927 up to present day — had gone out in the months before. Those “Who Had Served” were then invited back to campus for a special ceremony honoring their service.
These men “Who Had Served” processed into the school’s gym and were seated on a stage surrounded by the entire student body, faculty and staff in the stands. Major Dan Rooney, our special guest speaker, addressed the alumni, students and guests. Afterward, alumni and guests joined the school’s administration and staff in making their way to the Main Building’s 2nd floor hallway where the “Wall of Honor” was unveiled.
We are proud to announce that do date we have gathered over 650 names of St. Charles Preparatory School alumni to be recognized — and learning of more every day. Directly following the unveiling all made their way outside and across the plaza to the Campus Theater’s Cavello Center for a reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
The day culminated with “An Evening With Dan Rooney; Honoring Those Who have Served.” Major Rooney’s presentation was preceded by a special reception in Holy Angels Library, a cocktail hour and served dinner by Cameron Mitchell Catering for more than 640 guests in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. The St. Charles Chorus and Band provided inspirational songs and the marches of all five of the branches of the U.S. Military.
Our special thanks go out to Peggy and Bob Walter for their continued support of St. Charles and this event. We also acknowledge all our Presenting and Benefactor Sponsors. Altogether, more than $675,000 was raised that night for the St. Charles Endowment Fund, all of which will be dedicated solely for financial aid for qualified students and families.
Look for more photos, information and pictures from this wonderful day in “the Cardinal” alumni magazine that will be mailed the first week in November.