Dougherty reunion raises funds to aid groups

Once again, the an­nu­al event in North Wild­wood, N.J., de­voted the pro­ceeds of tick­et and T-shirt sales to sup­port com­munity pro­grams.

The 15th an­nu­al Car­din­al Dougherty High School Cards Soar at the Shore re­union was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess, draw­ing 1,029 people to Keen­an’s Ir­ish Pub in North Wild­wood, N.J. last month.

Pro­ceeds from tick­et and T-shirt sales be­nefited six or­gan­iz­a­tions, each of which re­ceived checks for $1,050 last week dur­ing a din­ner cel­eb­ra­tion at Tony’s Place in May­fair. Own­er Joe Mal­lamaci is a 1965 Dougherty gradu­ate.

Mike Pren­der­gast, a 1969 Dougherty grad who heads the re­union com­mit­tee, presen­ted checks to the fol­low­ing or­gan­iz­a­tions:

• Liberty USO, in memory of U.S. Army Pfc. John Kihm (Dougherty Class of 2009), a Lawndale res­id­ent killed in Afgh­anistan in April. Joe Brooks, a Pine Val­ley res­id­ent and 1984 Dougherty gradu­ate, is pres­id­ent and chief op­er­at­ing of­ficer of Liberty USO, which of­fers ser­vices to mil­it­ary mem­bers and their fam­il­ies as they ar­rive at Phil­adelphia In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port.

• Save Wild­wood Cath­ol­ic High School Fund. On Jan. 5, 2010, the Dio­cese of Cam­den an­nounced the school would close if it could not raise $200,000 by March 7 of that year. A com­mit­tee raised $300,000, and the school re­mains open. When the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2009 that Dougherty and North Cath­ol­ic would close in June 2010, it did not give alumni a chance to save the schools.

• The Danny Craige Found­a­tion, in memory of a 1967 Dougherty gradu­ate who died of eso­pha­geal can­cer in 2006 at age 56. He coached sports for more than 40 years at Frank­ford Boys Club, St. Mar­tin of Tours and St. Bede the Ven­er­able. The found­a­tion raises money for schol­ar­ships for stu­dents at St. Mar­tin, St. Bede and La Salle Academy. It has raised more than $130,000 at an­nu­al golf out­ings and so­cials.

• The Of­ficer Danny Boyle Schol­ar­ship Fund, in memory of Ger­ard Shotzbar­ger (Dougherty Class of 1974), a Somer­ton law­yer who died in Feb­ru­ary and was a mem­ber of the schol­ar­ship com­mit­tee board. Danny Boyle was a 26th dis­trict po­lice of­ficer from Somer­ton who was killed in the line of duty in 1991.The fund sup­ports his alma ma­ter, Arch­bish­op Ry­an. He at­ten­ded Dougherty as a fresh­man. His fath­er Pat, a 1964 Dougherty gradu­ate, ac­cep­ted the dona­tion, along with George Shotzbar­ger, a 1969 Dougherty grad and broth­er of Ger­ard Shotzbar­ger. The fund has also as­sisted St. Veron­ica, Pat Boyle’s ele­ment­ary school alma ma­ter.

• The Kev­in from Heav­en Found­a­tion, in memory of Kev­in Flach, a 6-year-old Glen­side boy who died last Au­gust when he was hit by a car. His par­ents, Dan Flach (Class of 1988) and Den­ise Smith Flach (Class of 1990), are Dougherty gradu­ates.

• The Mark Kee­ley Me­mori­al Fund, in memory of a 2009 Dougherty gradu­ate who was killed in an ex­plo­sion in Janu­ary while work­ing for Phil­adelphia Gas Works. The fund be­ne­fits St. Cecil­ia CYO, where Kee­ley played and coached.

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