Chaminade, SLUH join forces to raise funds for relief efforts

Lisa Johnston |

Carrying an oversized jar half full of donated cash, Chaminade College Preparatory's John Yeager was happy to be socializing at a school event and simultaneously raising money to help people in need of support

Six Chaminade students volunteered with six students from St. Louis University High School to collect money for flood victims in Louisiana and earthquake victims in Italy. The big crowd at Chaminade's first home football game of the season generously contributed $1,340.

"It's a big rivalry between us, but it's a good cause and we were able to come together pretty easily," Yeager said. "We met the guys (from SLUH) earlier, nice guys."

Students, parents and others coming to the Fall Classic game welcomed the opportunity to give to the cause. "They realize there's more important things than the game," Yeager said.

After considering several options to help the victims of the tragedies, the advancement and campus ministry teams settled on a joint effort during the school day and at the game "to be of support to those families who've suffered from a terrible thing," said Kevin Becvar, director of the Servant Leadership Program at Chaminade.

The student volunteers collected funds at the gates and brought awareness to the cause. Two Chaminade art teachers made oversized signs advertising the collection and placed them at the gates. The funds will be given to Catholic Relief Services for the relief efforts in Italy and to various Catholic charities helping in Louisiana.

Marianist Father Ralph Siefert, president of Chaminade, dedicated the new synthetic turf field at the school, then led the crowd and players in praying for the people affected by the earthquake and flood.

"The rivalry between the schools is so awesome, but it's also nice to come together for good, Catholic causes, following Pope Francis' message," said Matt Dailey, Chaminade's director of campus ministry.

SLUH student Blake Johnson, busy collecting funds, described the schools coming together as "pretty spectacular. People dug into their wallets and gave."

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